A journaling exercise that I must complete today for Certified Peer Specialist training. I thought you may like to join me in your journaling today by working on telling your Story. Our lived experience is our personal, unique and deeply felt experience with mental illness and recovery. Our lived experience is the starting place of our training. It forms the basis of our work together, allowing us to learn new skills, abilities and insight. Our lived experience is what allows us to assist others to engage with hope and recovery. Take a few minutes to write down some of your thoughts to each of the following questions below.

1. What were some of the early indications that you were beginning to have difficulties?

2. Briefly describe yourself and your situation when you were at your worst.

3. What helped you move from where you were to where you are now? What did you do? What did others do?

4. What have you had to overcome to get to where you are today?

5. What have you learned about yourself and what we call recovery? What are some of the strengths you have developed?

6. What are some of the things that you do to keep you on the right path?

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