7 Points of Hope to Reclaim Your Life from Mental Illness

If you or someone you care about has been affected by mental health concerns, trauma, mental illness, or addiction:

…you may feel hopeless, overwhelmed, and exhausted.

…you may not fully understand what you are going through.

…you may think life is unfair or that you are being punished.

…you may believe it’s all your fault or blame someone else for your difficulties.

…you may withdraw from others and keep your struggles a secret.

…you may be afraid or ashamed to speak up for fear of rejection or ridicule.

…you may feel resigned to a life of broken dreams and unrealized goals.

If this is how you feel, here are 7 points that can help you find support and hope to reclaim your life again:

1) You are not alone.

  • You are not alone because one in four adults experience mental health concerns.
  • You are not alone because others have made it through similar challenges.
  • You are not alone because help and support are available.

2) You can ask for help.

  • You don’t have to fight this battle by yourself.
  • You can start by calling a trusted friend, relative, minister, doctor, or therapist for help.
  • You can call 911 (in the US) or go to your local emergency room if your safety is in jeopardy.

3) You can get better.

  • You can get better because you can learn about your condition and treatment options.
  • You can get better because you can find and receive support from others.
  • You can get better because you can engage in treatment that works.

4) You are more than just an illness.

  • You are not just an illness, a label or a diagnosis.
  • You are a worthwhile person with unique strengths, gifts, talents, and abilities.
  • You deserve to be treated with respect and to be happy and healthy.

5) You can have a meaningful life.

  • You can develop a realistic plan with reasonable goals.
  • You can work toward and achieve your goals and dreams.
  • You can find contentment and peace of mind.

6) You can bounce back from setbacks.

  • You can learn from setbacks and readjust your plan to make it better.
  • You can become stronger over time as you learn how to cope.
  • You can gain confidence from your ability to manage challenges.

7) You can help others.

  • You can eventually share your insights and knowledge with others in need.
  • You can feel empowered and confident from helping others.
  • You can be an inspiration to many by your example.

You may agree with these statements but still not know how to move forward. Please consider this:

All of this isn’t easy.

It’s often hard.

But hard isn’t impossible.

It takes strength and courage to move forward.

(A little luck never hurts either.)

Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.

Take a chance.

Try something new.

You may just change your life for the better.

Here’s a question: What can help you find hope right now? Please leave a comment. Also please consider subscribing to my blog and feel free to follow me on Twitter, “like” my Facebook page, or connect on LinkedIn. Thanks!

  • Lou Ross-Johns

    All great points, these have helped me in my recovery, I have DID formerly Multiple Personality Disorder, and find there is no real acceptance of this diagnoses in my area, I live in the country too so am usually pretty much alone in this if I go into crisis, I have had severe self-harm in the past but have not had that for four years now, and even though the illness is not understood, I would say there are always great people available to help in crisis, whether in emergency or distress line. The Creative side of myself is very healing too, art, poetry singing, photography and lastly my companion animals, I have a Sanctuary for Abused and Abandoned animals and they are my absolute healing hope, non-judgmental, loving and they need me.

  • DavidSusman

    Lou, thanks for your comment. I’m glad to hear that you’ve had no self-harm for four years now; that’s wonderful! It also sounds like your creative pursuits bring you a lot of comfort. I know it’s tough sometimes to find support, especially in rural areas. Sounds like things have gotten a lot better for you overall, and I hope that trend continues. Best wishes.

  • strawdiane@att.net

    I was diagnosed with bipolar. At first I was ashamed and hid it from everyone until my therapist, the fourth I had but the one that made a difference for me said “bipolar was an illness and so was diabetes” People don’t hide diabetes and I now refuse to hide the fact I am bipolar. I believe one of the biggest factors to my being able to live with my illness was finding the right therapist. I am to the point now where I went from twice a week visits to my therapist to I will call if I have a need. She helped me get through all the steps and stand on my own. Life is good. Three words I never thought I would ever utter.

  • I needed this today. Thank you.

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