I sat patiently today to chase down butterflies. It had me thinking what beauties they truly are and what an enjoyable and quiet afternoon it was sitting waiting on them to perch on the Lantana. Gives one many things to think about and much time to do so.
So with so many programs and groups out there encouraging advocacy and speaking out why is it such the surprise that I am a strong advocate to many? Even given these many groups is it still considered taboo? The stigma still exists and I for one grow weary of stigma in the world of recovery and education. We must combat stigma and know and realize that not only Georgian’s but nationwide speaking out and being a strong advocate is being taught state and nationwide. If you take a moment to cover over some of my blogs at The Covington News or here at Word Press this is very clear and very evident in today’s time and society. I only share the story of recovery and the resources in hopes that I will get my point across to this state of GA and nationwide that stigma will not be tolerated. Along with parental alienation due to being mentally challenged and a family violence victim will not be tolerated any longer.
I have been a strong advocate in and outside the courtroom for me, my children and my family and the Courts direct Order’s, Opinions and Wishes still go undone with no intent for the other party to carry through with the Courts Opinion and Wishes.
Direct and Willful Contempt of the Court’s Orders, Opinions and Wishes whereas my daughter’s are and have been concerned for oven ten years now.
Is it any doubt that with a long history of over ten years of marital abuse that it is a known fact to be a precursor to mental illness.
I had thought for about a week there that I would not blog of my recovery or my circumstances until learning that September is a month long celebration into recovery nationwide and that I must advocate to the best of my ability to contribute to the greater good of the physically and mentally challenged and to help put a stop in and out of the court room to stigma whereas family violence, parental alienation and mental diagnosis is concerned.
You may view court documents at my Word Press blog under Advocate Awareness, Achievements and Judicial Documentation where I have scanned in authenticated documentation of marital abuse and willful contempt of the Court’s Order’s, Opinions and Wishes.
View Point Health
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
The Respect Institute
The Rockdale County Task Force Against Family Violence
SAMSHA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
September is a month-long celebration of recovery happening in communities nationwide,and now is the time for you to join the movement! The theme of the 2014 25th Annual Recovery Month, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out”, encourages people to openly discuss and speak up about behavioral health conditions and the reality of recovery.
To start these recovery discussions, a dynamic and interactive nationwide webcast will be held live on September 15, 2014 at 12 noon CST. This event will bring together a panel of leading experts and experienced practitioners in recovery and health, with the goals of:
- Expanding our understanding of the role that peers in recovery play in initiating and supporting long-term recovery and improving overall health
- Fostering dialogue at national, state and local levels on how to integrate peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care
- Provide specific, concrete action steps that people watching the webcast can take to foster the spread of peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care
I cannot stress enough the importance of the Certified Peer Specialist in the State of Georgia and the requirements taken directly from their brochure this 2014.
The Certified Peer Specialist requirements:
1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001
The State has rectified their once mistake time and time again but it has changed nothing as far as the reunification process of me and my daughter’s and my ex- husband continuing to alienate and estrange us by the act of hate. I want this state of GA to know that there have been 1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001.
And the requirements include:
> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.
> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.
> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.
> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.
> Must be well grounded in recovery
These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.
The motto of the CPS being “Each One Reach One.”
I feel if I can attend college, work and raise 5 children that I just need to continue to apply until my application is finally chosen.
Why do we stay?
We stay because we have no other place to turn. No home. No automobile. No resources of our own and most importantly the fear of losing contact with our children. I left and all due to being hospitalized at Northside and Peachford for family violence and depression I lost contact with my four daughter’s over night. Just like that. There one day and gone the next. And with NO history or remiss, neglect or abuse on my part or behalf as a mother nor as a wife. Not ever since my mothering days in my early 20’s. My advocacy did not just begin with my own biological daughter. It began years ago in the Rockdale County Judicial System for my three legally adopted step – daughters. Year after year of advocacy for them keeping them from harms way and abuse.
20 plus years worth of Advocacy for children and women and a life devoted to my education. Spending my entire education from The private Kindergarten The Little Red School House to Newton High to Dekalb Technical College Covington Campus and onto New Rock Day Program, The Respect Institute, The GA Peer Support Institute, St. Simon’s Island conferences, and studying the manuals to become a Certified Peer Specialist for the State of GA making essay exam application to the Office of The GA Mental Health Consumer Network. And now being gainfully employed as a PSA Personal Support Assistant for a nursing company here in the State of GA. I have passed all testing, went through Orientation, gotten my name badge and scrubs and am now patiently awaiting assignment. I vow to keep my work and employment private and upheld with the the most ethics on my behalf. I just cannot wait to get started! I am super excited. I cannot wait to work with the physically and mentally challenged and share in my self – directed recovery story with my clients. Continuing to thrive and grow and throw a crimp in stigma!