On the right path

After a busier than hell week, today is much slower paced.

Today I’m covering in the store and studying. I am more or less caught up on my work related activities, which feels pretty good. I’m more than happy to take advantage of a quieter day, especially since I’m jumping back into the fray tomorrow.

I am registered to take the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course being offered through our local FCSS this weekend. I’m expecting it to be a heavy course, but I also know that I’m in a better place to handle it now than I have been. I really feel that with my role as a mental health advocate in my community it is a good course to have. Same with Mental Health First Aid, which I took a few months ago.

The bottom line is, information is important. I need to focus on how I bring light to this important topic as much as what I talk about. If the information is presented wrong, people won’t absorb it.

That said, I know my message is resounding with readers. I’ve received plenty of positive comments about my first mental health related column in the paper, and the second dropped yesterday. I have several more in the pipeline as well, in addition to my blog.

Mental health is a hard subject to talk about, because it has been in the shadows for oh so long. It is starting to come into the light, but as much as we try to ignore the fact, stigma is still prevalent in the world today.

The more I get involved with speaking about mental health, the more I feel I am on the right path. Speaking about it brings a sense of calm over me that I can’t otherwise explain.

Through my blog, through the paper, and speaking, I am blessed to be able to share my journey of mental illness and recovery, and in the process give a voice to those who otherwise wouldn’t have one.

Thanks everyone who has followed my journey, supported me, and been there for mw when the times have gotten tough. I wouldn’t be here without you. I’m looking forward to what the future brings down the road next.

Kevin

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