A journey to “Recovered Dignity”

Please join me in what for the last 10 years has been a journey to “Recovered Dignity”, and with 930 Certified Peer Specialists for the State of GA since October 2001.

http://community.covnews.com/blogs/detail/10218/

The Gardens at Saint Elizabeths: A National Memorial of Recovered Dignity

The Gardens at Saint Elizabeths is a national memorial to remember once forgotten psychiatric patients. In addition to remembrance, it will also be a place of recovery offering dignity and hope to anyone living with mental illness.

Georgia Working Definition of Recovery :

Recovery is a deeply personal, unique, and self – determined journey through which and individual strives to reach his/her full potential. Persons in recovery improve their health and wellness by taking responsibility in pursuing a fulfilling and contributing life while embracing the difficulties one has faced.

Our Recovery Guiding Principles and Values :

Recovery

Emerges from hope

is person driven

Strengths based

Age Independent

Recognizes the wisdom of “lived experiences”

occurs via many pathways

is holistic

is supported by peers, allies, advocates and families

is nurtured through relationships and social networks

is culturally based and influenced

is anchored in wellness addressing a person’s emotional health, environmental well -being, financial satisfaction, intellectual creativity, occupational pursuits, physical activities, social engagement and spiritual health

addresses trauma

supports self – responsibility

empowers communities

is based on respect.

Listening sessions were held across the state of Georgia throughout 2012 in order to help leaders in the Recovery Movement in GA understand what helps and what gets in the way of people approaching or in recovery. These were facilitated by a team of Georgians, representing persons in recovery, their families and allies. The team is known as The Georgia Recovery Initiative GRI and is led by Mark Baker of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Neil Kaltenecker of the Georgia Council on Substance abuse. GRI sorted the data from the Listening Sessions and developed the working definition of Recovery.

A journey to “Recovered Dignity”

A very nice quote to include:

Out of the silence, A voice.

Out of neglect, dignity.

Out of anonymity. recognition.

(The Gardens at Saint Elizabeths : A National Memorial of Recovered Dignity.

The CPS training is based on five foundational beliefs.

Everyone has the ability to learn and grow. Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not take away the ability to learn and grow, people can recover and move on with their lives.

People’s beliefs determine their behavior.

What a person believes about himself, because he is diagnosed with a mental illness, is the most important determinant of his success in creating the life he wants.

People think their way through life.

Being diagnosed with a metal illness does not take away the ability to think strategically and creatively.

What ever people focus on, they give power to.

While symptoms and disability bring people in for services, the focus needs to shift to wellness and strengths as soon as possible.

Life’s experiences are the best teacher.

Your recovery experience is our greatest gift to your peers.

Five Stages in the Recovery Process :

Impact of Illness

Life is Limited

Change is Possible

Commitment to Change

Actions for Change

http://www.memorialofrecovereddignity.org/

The story of The Gardens at Saint Elizabeths: A National Memorial of Recovered Dignity   

has truly touched me and I plan to include this information from Georgia Recovery Initiative in my project for the State of GA.

So with the salute to psychiatric patients from Saint Elizabeths we should choose to honor the deceased as well as the living and their website does just this.

WELCOME

The Gardens at Saint Elizabeths: A National Memorial of Recovered Dignity

The Gardens at Saint Elizabeths is a national memorial to remember once forgotten psychiatric patients. In addition to remembrance, it will also be a place of recovery offering dignity and hope to anyone living with mental illness.

Within this web site you can find out about the plans for a National Memorial, itshistory, its recent news, a traveling exhibit, and how you can help.

Out of Silence: A Voice
It’s happening all over the country: 25,000 nameless graves discovered in Georgia; 5,000 canisters of remains found on storage shelves in Oregon; and 600 remains stored in cardboard boxes in Hawaii. These are just a few shameful stories of “unknown humans” whose remains were neglected on the grounds of state psychiatric hospitals.

Stories like these have inspired advocates across the country. Volunteers are working to restore cemeteries on the grounds of psychiatric hospitals, returning dignity to those who were segregated, died and forgotten.

For the last 2 1/2 years I have been a published blogger with The Covington News and you can share in my journey story to Recovered Dignity at :

http://community.covnews.com/blogs/detail/10218/

I look forward to working on my project of A journey to Recovered Dignity and the 5 Stages of The Recovery Process and the 5 foundational beliefs of the Certified Peer Specialist. I plan to write to The Gardens at Saint Elizabeths A National Memorial of Recovered Dignity and share my story and begin to advocate for the Gardens in my community. Please take a moment to visit their website. Project bound for the State of GA. !

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