Melinda Mowery,

 

You may ask, "Why should the spirit program be offered in the future?"

 

I have gotten more out of the spirit program in the last four weeks than I have gotten in the DBT program in a year.  I have found meaning in my life when before there was only despair.  I am by no means cured, but I now have the tools to keep myself healthy.  I can now help others.  That makes me feel good about myself which builds my self-esteem, makes me have self-worth, and gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.  With out that I would still be in bed all day crying and planning my suicide.  I still battle with my mental health issues, but now I have people who care about me, who know me, know what I am going through because they are or have gone through the same or similar situations.  They care.  I am not just some statistic to analyze and study.  I don't have someone telling me how I should feel and what I should do when there is no way this person can relate.  People who care listen to me.  I can listen to others.  All together we can help each other probably saving the county hundreds maybe thousands of dollars.  Please give us a chance to help one another.

 

When I was hospitalized I was told not to communicate with other people from the ward once I went home.  Building a support system with other patients like me with mental health issues was taboo.  After I was released I went right back into the same rut.  Why?  Let me tell you because I had no one I could talk to that could relate to me.  I always felt as if people looked down on me because I was damaged.

 

Now?  Now I know I am no different than anyone else.  I just have issues that with a little work and understanding I can overcome, so that I may help others overcome their issues.  What I have learned is that everyone has their own issues.  We all just need the tools to help each other.  This is what the SPIRIT program does.  It gives us the tools we need.

 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be in this pilot program.

 

I was a person that sat in the corner with my head down.  Didn't talk except when I had to and when I did no one could hear me.  Now I speak up and I am heard.  I hold my head nice and high. 

 

Many of us had our doubts about ourselves.  I have made many calls offering support to my peers, but I have also received many of calls from my peers supporting me.  These are all reasons why the SPIRIT program should be offered to other peers in the future.

 

Thank you,

 

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Thank you,

 

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down.  Didn't talk except when I had to and when I did no one could hear me.  Now I speak up and I am heard.  I hold my head nice and high. 

 

Many of us had our doubts about ourselves.  I have made many calls offering support to my peers, but I have also received many of calls from my peers supporting me.  These are all reasons why the SPIRIT program should be offered to other peers in the future.

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