I have suffered from mental illness all my life but have had a career, raised a family, and look forward to retirement. Was it easy? At times no, even considered suicide once. What got me through it was the ability to adjust my work life to make it bearable. What I found the most difficult was the treatment of workers as all the same, but they are not. For me, continual contact with people was physically and mentally draining. I countered this by seeking out jobs that limited my contact with people and where possible took full advantage of work from home programs. This can be done and you can still have a professional career but it takes finding an employer who understands and is supportive of your needs. I now take it upon myself to make the executive in the organisation aware of the possible mental health impacts of their workplace decision since I am fully aware that most people with an illness similar to mind would never be able to do so. I encourage others to do the same, you will find that most managers will be receptive to and thankful for your comments.

My story of hope and recovery is ….

We have struggled for so long as a family it’s been hard to have hope. Mental illness stole from me and my family. I’m thankful for the support given to us by professionals, family and friends. I’m hopeful that our story has made us stronger and that our family will now thrive. It’s been a long road and I know it’s not over, but I think now we have the skills and strengths to move forward and enjoy all of what life has to offer.

My hope is ….

to have a better future than my past.

My hope is ….

that I will grow to be a much stronger person and be able to deal with my daily anxiety struggles. I hope that one day I can help someone in the same situation as myself.

My story of hope and recovery ….

In keeping with our philosophy of Recovery Focused Rehabilitation, N3A is developing an art based program to help clients visually express their own Recovery experience. Clients will have the opportunity to complete self-portraits in how they view themselves through the different stages of Recovery.

My story of hope and recovery is …

Growing up in St.John’s in the 80’s and 90’s, it was evident that we didn’t have a lot of support for youth with mental health issues. There was still a lot of stigma, and I had a lot of friends who were suffering. I committed to being a mental health professional straight after high school but needed to leave Newfoundland to find work in residential treatment (we had nothing of the sort in province). 20 years later, we have Tuckamore Youth Treatment Centre and Newfoundland youth are receiving an amazing service by a group of dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate staff. I am back home doing the work I love, in the province I love.

My story of hope and recovery is ….

Knowing that you are not alone. One’s journey of recovery is best done with the support of friends and family, and those who are important in your life.

Hope and recovery should not be a silent, solitary experience. Recovery should be shouted from the rooftops!

My hope is … to find optimism and reasons for a positive future

My hope is … that I can always think positive and see there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

My story of hope and recovery is …

I hope for good things in the future and to be loved and to have good friends in my life.

I hope to have the rest of my days just being loved, and also to give my love to anyone who needs it.

My hope is … to be happy

My hope is ….

  • to be confident again!
  • to enjoy life to the fullest!
  • to help others who are struggling when I can!
  • to be free!

My hope is … to maintain good health

My hope is … for my children to grow up to be able to feel comfortable to express themselves and to get help/ coping skills they need

My hope is …

  • looking forward to what the future holds
  • meeting my goals and aspirations and where they will lead me
  • looking forward to something through any difficult time is my hope

My hope is … to find optimism and reasons for a positive future

My hope is … that I can always think positive and see there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

My hope is …

  • that there is a reason to go on
  • that life is worth living. To me hope that God has a plan even if I don’t understand OR agree to it
  • hope that we all try to do no harm to anyone

My hope is …

  • that Mental Illness is obsolete in the next 5 years
  • the government puts more money in Mental Health Services in NL