Something I Am Proud Of:
My journey in managing my mental illness began with cultivating determination. I consider this the foundation for developing self-awareness of my strengths and weaknesses. I utilized these strengths when I underwent the peer support specialist program. This program led me to realize that I needed to heal my mind, body, and soul through the utilization of my peers. On this recovery journey, I consider this a victory. I accomplished and graduated from that program by focusing on who I was as a person and knowing that I was not alone.
Advice For Newly Diagnosed:
My advice for newly diagnosed people is, to be honest with yourself and look for support early on. I went through struggles with understanding my diagnosis, which could have been mitigated by networking and utilizing peer support. Now that I have self-awareness I can act with knowledge that I am making the right decisions in my life. The journey on living with a mental illness begins with shaping your mindset to achieve goals in your life through self-awareness but also being mindful of those actions that can have an impact on your life.