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


9 responses to “NAMI Week Nine”

  1. Never bad news, Kitt. It tells me we are seeking to learn, take what we can use and leave the rest. I was active within the organization for many years and made many connections. Your post is encouraging and allows others to reach out and seek support. These are all positive steps in the right direction. Sheri P.S. I really liked the Family-to-Family course also.

  2. I hope that is not bad news.

  3. Hope that the bipolar meds are helping. 🙂

  4. I’ve been on anti-depressants and benzos since I was 23 (I’m 36 now) and on bipolar meds since I was 32.

  5. I can’t believe it took me so long to do so myself. I’ve been in treatment, mostly individual psychotherapy, since I was 18 (I’m 51). I’ve taken meds since I was 30.

  6. Wow. I wish I could have attended this. One day. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thank you, Mihrank!

  8. no words – I have to admit this is such powerful post with important message!!

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