Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to help someone recover

The best advice I've come across about how to help someone recover from a mental illness is from Pat Deegan, Director of Training and Education at The National Empowerment Center. The entire article is available for a nominal fee from the National Empowerment Center. If you know someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can become their powerful ally by absorbing the message in Recovery as a Journey of the Heart. Her article explains how people like herself who have been labelled mentally ill defend themselves againt profound disappointment and hurt.

"The fact that I was unmotivated was seen as a problem by the people who worked with me. But for me, giving up was not a problem, it was a solution. It was a solution because it protected me from wanting anything. If I didn't want anything, then it couldn't be taken away. If I didn't try, then I wouldn't have to undergo another failure. If I didn't care, then nothing could hurt me again."

Think about how Pat Deegan's observations might apply to your own relative.

1 comment:

  1. The best advice I've come across about how to help someone restore from a psychological sickness is from Pat Deegan, Home of Training and Knowledge at The National Empowerment Center.



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