Let’s get together and have fun

I started a social club for people with mental illness so we never have to feel alone or continue to do things alone if we choose not to.  We will be doing a lot of different things throughout each month.  We will have a phone check system to call and see how each person is doing.  I know, I appreciate when people think about me and call.

Being alone is another part of suffering that comes with having a mental illness, however, we are much more that our diagnosis.   We are people like all others and want to be with others as well, hence the name of the club is SOL (sun in Spanish because we must carry it inside of us to glare out depression.  It means: Sharing Our Lives.  When we come together and do activities or go on outings, we are sharing that part of our lives.  We are hopefully creating memories to bind us over in the dark times when depression is knocking at the door. Hopefully, we can use these memories to fight the words “you are alone”, “no one cares about you”.

I started a social club for people with mental illness so we never have to feel alone or continue to do things alone if we choose not to.  We will be doing a lot of different things throughout each month.  We will have a phone check system to call and see how each person is doing.  I know, I appreciate when people think about me and call.

Being alone is another part of suffering that comes with having a mental illness, however, we are much more that our diagnosis.   We are people like all others and want to be with others as well, hence the name of the club is SOL (sun in Spanish) because we must carry it inside of us to glare out depression.

The club name also means: Sharing Our Lives.  When we come together and do activities or go on outings, we are sharing that part of our lives.  We are hopefully creating memories to bind us over in the dark times when depression is knocking at the door. Hopefully, we can use these memories to fight the words “you are alone”, “no one cares about you”.

Isolation and loneliness often come with having a mental illness, especially when you live alone.

Everyone handles it differently.  Some people stay inside and do not leave the safety of their homes.  Other people go out only when they have to and almost always alone.  Then there are those who do venture out, but they go everywhere and do everything alone.  Whichever way it is handled, the truth is that we need people.  We need to be around others in a social environment.  We need to laugh and have fun and to remember that even though we have a mental illness diagnosis, we are alive and need to feel alive.

It is great to attend programs designed to help us cope with everyday life and work and so forth, but we still need to connect with people outside of these programs.  What better way to connect with others than to be a part of a social group where everyone has one main thing in common (a mental health diagnosis).

In this setting, nothing ever has to be explained, no one gets upset or think you are being mean on purpose.  You are with others who understand and are wanting to help by being there for you non-judgmentally.

There is a certain level of comfort and feeling of safety we feel when we are at our program.  We are taking that level of comfort and safety we feel at our program and carrying them over into our social life with new connections.  We are now free to entertain, to attend events, to do activities with a group of people who will become our friends and people who care and understand.

If you live in Columbus Ohio, please shoot me an email for more information..  I would love for you to join us.

Stay well and stay safe.

Love to all

pb:  Persistently and Passionately Pursuing my dream to bring us together, because everyone needs someone.

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Author: Fighter

I finally accepted what people have been telling me. I am full of knowledge and wisdom and I am unforgettable. My word of encouragement since 2015 has been to let others know, despite the waves and ripples in our lives, Life is totally awesome, even with a mental illness. I believe my purpose is to encourage others, advocate for those around me who have not yet found their voice to advocate for themselves and educate those without a mental illness. If for one for minute someone laughs or smiles because of something I said, that is one moment they did not think about mental illness.

3 thoughts on “Let’s get together and have fun”

  1. I tried to get a group started but never got off the ground. Lots of people don,t want to admit they have a problem and just try to ignore. Some just want to get away from it.

    1. I agree. I am fortunate to be around people who want to socialize. We just had an impromptu dinner last week and it went very well. There were only a few of us but we had a great time;

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