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Welcome to the Caring & Sharing By Those In Recovery section of our website. In this section you will find stories from individuals who are brave and kind enough to share their experiences with mental illness. If you are one of these individuals and would like to share your story, please contact us.

Below, please find our first entry into what we hope will be a continuous stream of stories that will both help those it reaches as well as the sharing individual.

Our First Story:

Hi, my name is Lauren, I am bipolar 1. I wasn't diagnosed with this disease until I landed in the psychiatric hospital severely depressed and suicidal at the age of 30. I've been in and out of hospitals eight times now and it wasn't until my present psychiatrist suggested that I go to a NAMI meeting. He gave me the numbers to call but I didn't call right away because I didn't know what to expect. Finally, after feeling really bad again one day I called some of the phone numbers that my doctor had given to me to the NAMI people and one of the very nice ladies called me back and talked to me about the meetings, so I decided to give it a try.

Believe me, it was hard walking through the door the first time not knowing what to expect, but I did it. I was welcomed by warm and friendly people that completely understood my feelings. To be surrounded by other people who had similar problems as I do made me feel like I'm not the only one in the world like this which in times of not feeling well is very comforting.

I think anyone who has a mental illness should give NAMI a try, it has helped me a lot. I mean what have you got to lose? You get to talk with a great group of people, share stories if you want to and help each other. It also helps you to get out a little more and be a little more social which can be hard for some of us. Every time I go to a meeting now it makes me feel good to maybe help someone else who might be having trouble. I leave feeling confident and happy.

I've only been going to the NAMI meetings since March of this year but I try to go as often as possible. I hope that you will give NAMI a try. They have helped me immensely!

Well, thanks for listening.

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