NAMI Week Ten

This was the last week of NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program ©. Last class agenda:

  • Revisit BRIDGES Consumer Stages of Recovery. BRIDGES, Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support, is a NAMI Tennessee copyrighted program that provides education and support to persons diagnosed with a mental illness. Here are the BRIDGES Consumer Stages of Recovery quoted from our handout:
    • Event 1 – Crisis: Psychosis, suicide attempt, mania, episodes of severe depression
    • Stage 1 – Recuperation: Stage of dependence. After trauma of mental illness episode ~ exhaustion of body, mind and spirit.
    • Emotions: Denial, Confusion, Depression, Humiliation, Isolation, Self-hatred, Resentment, Anger
    • Needs:
      • Safe place to rest – a lot of sleep
      • Someone to take care of me
      • To provide basic needs: Nutritious food, personal hygiene.
      • I am unable to take on even the simplest task of daily living
      • Medications (probably)
    • Event 2 – Decision: “Time to get going” – I must make it for myself. If I rush it, I may have a setback. If I resist it; I will feel bored and empty.
    • Stage 2 – Rebuilding: Rebuilding independence, ability to do things for myself. I need help to learn and practice living skills. I feel “up” when I succeed and “down” when I don’t.
    • Emotions: Hope, Grief, Discouragement, Boredom, Self-doubt, Trust, Fear, Excitement, Anxiety, Frustration with setbacks, Pride in success
    • Needs:
      • Tell my story: To have others hear my pain and despair
      • Learn about mental illness: “What is happening to me and why?”
      • Persons who believe in me: Mentor/teacher/friend
      • Getting and managing: Money, food, clothes, a good place to live
      • Learning (relearning) social skills and working skills
    • Event 3 – Awakening: “I am somebody. I have a dream!” Coming to know “the new me.” Starting to dream about who I am and who I can be. I am the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
    • Stage 3 – Recovery/Discovery: Building healthy interdependence: Starting to know, “Who I am and what I want to be, who I care about and who cares about me”
    • Emotions: Self-acceptance, Appreciation of others, Confidence, Anger at injustice, Assertiveness, Helpfulness to others
    • Needs:
      • A personal vision: A dream to strive for
      • People who appreciate me
      • Intimacy: Someone to love
      • Meaningful work: A chance to leave footprints
      • To advocate for self and others
    • (Source: BRIDGES, Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support, 2006)
  • Empowerment
  • Advocacy
  • Opportunities for involvement in NAMI ~ before class started, I had filled out and submitted an application to volunteer. In fact, the reason I initially signed up for NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer class was that I wanted to volunteer for NAMI. As I found out, I had much to learn from the class. This is spite of the fact that I have been a mental health consumer since I was 18 years old, and I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Mindfulness
  • Evaluations
  • Celebration

3 thoughts on “NAMI Week Ten

  1. dyane September 26, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Congratulations on both completing the course and for signing up to volunteer with NAMI!! That’s a BIG deal, and I’m so proud of you!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kitt O'Malley September 26, 2014 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks! The NAMI Walks is tomorrow. Kind of a big deal for me. I don’t usually do these sort of things. When I was in my 20s, I was going on protest marches all the time, but as I have aged, my world has centered on the home, my son, and managing my bipolar disorder.

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