Wednesday afternoon I attended the ninth week of NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program ©. The class covered the following topics:

  • Guest Speaker – Family Member – Steve Pitman
  • Four Good Things about Hospitalization: To avoid the upheaval of a hospital stay, with the help of your support system,youcanrecreatethefour good things about hospitalization at home when you need it.
    1. Medical Supervision
    2. Structure/Routine
    3. Support/Others to Talk to
    4. Provision of basic necessities
  • Hot Buttons and Triggers
    • Listening to advice and accepting support from relatives can be difficult due to hot buttons and triggers, but doing so is crucial to recovery.
    • Supportive relationships are important for mental health recovery, especially when we are not doing well.
  • Working with Providers
    • They work for you – you want, need, and deserve care
    • Demand the best possible care – Ask for Patients’ Rights and Responsiblities. Feel free to ask for a second opinion.
    • Know yourself – speak up, let your provider know how you are unique
    • Be honest – your provider cannot help you without knowing what is going on
    • Be persistent – “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” = self-advocacy
    • Do your homework – Take control. Set the agenda. Make a list.
    • Bring in backup – if needed bring someone to an appointment with you
  • Advance Directive – we reviewed a sample Advance Directive for Mental Health Care Decision Making.
  • Incarceration – Survival and Preparedness
  • Mindfulness Exercise