As someone who battles mental health issues daily, I understand the value of surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals and values. Unfortunately, mental health groups I've attended have had a lack of purpose and focus. In creating this meetup, I'm looking to find a few people who would like to share learned coping mechanisms and strategies - people who want to get better every day, even though it doesn't always work that way. I want the focus to be on problem-solving, as well as processing. Ideally this results in a few connections that have a shared background but the results don't need to be just about mental health.
I've battled mental illness for 15 years and chronic pain for 8. Each year for the past four years I've gotten better at handling the challenges but without a base of people around me going through similar experiences, this stability seems tenuous. I have plenty of great coping mechanisms but am always looking for more.
Finding other people who are at a similar stage in their development is a challenge. My friends largely are just beginning to address mental illness or cannot relate to it. The kind of people I can relate to have been working on their issues for a few years now - 'works in progress' so to speak. I'm looking for mutual desire to get better.
The connecting force should be mental illness, but it by no means defines us. I'm looking for people with a variety of interests, who want to share those interests, and share in mine. I'm a musician for fun, rabid Bucks fan, politics junkie, experimental cook, and a Conservation and outdoors enthusiast. The best way I've found to stay healthy is to stay active.
If there's any interest, a few of us can grab coffee and chat to see where we'd like this to go.
I realize this is a public site and I'm using my real name on here, but I really respect anonymity when it comes to a topic that is so personal. Unfortunately, mental health remains taboo and it's important to me and should be important to everyone who participates to respect a general rule of anonymity so as to keep people comfortable. Thanks for checking this out,