This was the last week of NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program ©. Last class agenda:

  • Revisit BRIDGES Consumer Stages of Recovery. BRIDGES, Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support, is a NAMI Tennessee copyrighted program that provides education and support to persons diagnosed with a mental illness. Here are the BRIDGES Consumer Stages of Recovery quoted from our handout:
    • Event 1 – Crisis: Psychosis, suicide attempt, mania, episodes of severe depression
    • Stage 1 – Recuperation: Stage of dependence. After trauma of mental illness episode ~ exhaustion of body, mind and spirit.
    • Emotions: Denial, Confusion, Depression, Humiliation, Isolation, Self-hatred, Resentment, Anger
    • Needs:
      • Safe place to rest – a lot of sleep
      • Someone to take care of me
      • To provide basic needs: Nutritious food, personal hygiene.
      • I am unable to take on even the simplest task of daily living
      • Medications (probably)
    • Event 2 – Decision: “Time to get going” – I must make it for myself. If I rush it, I may have a setback. If I resist it; I will feel bored and empty.
    • Stage 2 – Rebuilding: Rebuilding independence, ability to do things for myself. I need help to learn and practice living skills. I feel “up” when I succeed and “down” when I don’t.
    • Emotions: Hope, Grief, Discouragement, Boredom, Self-doubt, Trust, Fear, Excitement, Anxiety, Frustration with setbacks, Pride in success
    • Needs:
      • Tell my story: To have others hear my pain and despair
      • Learn about mental illness: “What is happening to me and why?”
      • Persons who believe in me: Mentor/teacher/friend
      • Getting and managing: Money, food, clothes, a good place to live
      • Learning (relearning) social skills and working skills
    • Event 3 – Awakening: “I am somebody. I have a dream!” Coming to know “the new me.” Starting to dream about who I am and who I can be. I am the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
    • Stage 3 – Recovery/Discovery: Building healthy interdependence: Starting to know, “Who I am and what I want to be, who I care about and who cares about me”
    • Emotions: Self-acceptance, Appreciation of others, Confidence, Anger at injustice, Assertiveness, Helpfulness to others
    • Needs:
      • A personal vision: A dream to strive for
      • People who appreciate me
      • Intimacy: Someone to love
      • Meaningful work: A chance to leave footprints
      • To advocate for self and others
    • (Source: BRIDGES, Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support, 2006)
  • Empowerment
  • Advocacy
  • Opportunities for involvement in NAMI ~ before class started, I had filled out and submitted an application to volunteer. In fact, the reason I initially signed up for NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer class was that I wanted to volunteer for NAMI. As I found out, I had much to learn from the class. This is spite of the fact that I have been a mental health consumer since I was 18 years old, and I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Mindfulness
  • Evaluations
  • Celebration


3 responses to “NAMI Week Ten”

  1. […] of recovery – BRIDGES Consumer Stages of Recovery – I covered the BRIDGES handout here and here when I learned about it in NAMI‘s Peer to Peer […]

  2. Thanks! The NAMI Walks is tomorrow. Kind of a big deal for me. I don’t usually do these sort of things. When I was in my 20s, I was going on protest marches all the time, but as I have aged, my world has centered on the home, my son, and managing my bipolar disorder.

  3. Congratulations on both completing the course and for signing up to volunteer with NAMI!! That’s a BIG deal, and I’m so proud of you!!!

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