Welcome. This blog will be about primarily two things. The first is spirituality and Christianity. I am a Christian and intend to share my spiritual experiences. That does not mean that I only intend to speak to Christians. The second aspect will be Peer Support and the mental health field in general. I am a Peer Support Specialist, which means that I approach the mental health field from a perspective of my own Recovery from mental illness.
I still have a mental illness. My illnesses are Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and possibly AD/HD, though I’m not currently diagnosed with that. Diagnoses are somewhat fluid and change over time. The important aspect to my mental health is that I am in Recovery. I will talk a bit about what recovery is in a later post.
Terminology is a big thing in our field. Terms change a lot and there’s always some debate as to whether or not the change was a good one. You will find that I use the term “Peer” to refer to someone with a mental illness. It is an adapted spelling of an acronym, PIR, for Person In Recovery, but it also refers to the fact that Peer Support Specialists are the equals of the people whom we serve. We are neither above nor below them, despite having our job. This is a wonderful development in our profession, and we got the idea from Alcoholics Anonymous. I will probably share a bit of history of the mental health field in my blog.
I also want to note that I love discussion, even with people who disagree with me. I find that I learn from those who have different views than my own and I want people to feel free to be open and honest. All I ask is that everyone show respect. I will also show respect whether or not one agrees with me.
That’s all for my first post. My second should be coming very soon, perhaps even today. The next post will get right into the heart of some interesting issues instead of just welcoming people.