EVERY DAY SHOULD BE MENTAL HEALTH DAY
BY Guy Czmyrid - May 2012
When I hear the wors "Mental Health Awareness Month, a few things come
to mind: Bad, or darkdays, and good days. I learned the hardd way what happens
when an individual with a mental illness goes off meds, or forgets or fails to take
his or her meds, But I have come a long way since thos "dark days."
To recover from mental illness, an individual mus want to help himself.
Loved ones cannot hold your hand and do eerything for you. Now, I take control
of my meds, and i get a refill before I run out of meds. I try to be a role model
for my peers. I am very blessed and give thanis for my peers and family members
who gie me the support I nee to make it thrp\ough the bad ays as I continue to
I lost my mom lasst October, and I miss her a lot. Mom helped me so much -
we used to work on the NAMI "In Your Own Voice" program, which I, and a co-leader
present to local organizaions and for the NAMI Kane County North Family-to-Family
classes. I hope to continue educating the public in the future.
My wish is that we all would live every day like it's a mental health awareness
day-not just on days in May. And, let's akk sat a prayer that Governor Pat Quinn will
stop cuttingg the funding for critical mental health programs.
JOURNEYS TO RECOVERY
RECOVERY AND BEYOND
IN OUR OWN VOICE
bY Guy C. November 2010
In February, 2010, Joyce and I had the opportunity to take part in an
In Our Own Voice Training program held in Peoria at the Embassy Suites. It
was a productive weekend It involves several stages. The format involves:
Introductions by both presenters and subjects including Dark Days, Accept-
ance, Treatment, coping skills and Successes, Hopes and Dreams.
In Our Own Voice expands people's knowledge of mental illness.
Misunderstandings, fears and myths are replaced with insight, awareness
and acceptance as people learn from the men and women whose lives were
interrupted by mental illness, but who are now role models for hope and
In Our Own Voice gives people who have recovered from a mental
illness the chance to bring 'hope' to families who have a loved one
suffering from mental illness that their loved ones can recover.
In closing, I would like to than NAMI for giving Joyce and me the
iooirtunity to take the IOOV traing classes on behalf of NAMI Kane County.
IMPORTANCE OF THE ROLE FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLAY
IN THEIR LOVED ONE'S RECOVERY
by Guy C., January 2010
The family plays an important role in the Recovery of an individual
who is diagnosed with a mental illness. All too often family members disown
a loved one who suffers from mental illness. I cannot stress to you how
important the support of family members, friends, and relatives play in one's
Recovery. My loved ones and friends have given me the support to maintain
I know personally of cases when the family and friends have
disowned an individual who is diagnosed with mental illness. These friends
who have been disowned by their loved ones find it's hard to make it in the
community. If parents are deceased, this is when living family members and
friends should come in to give support to the individual who has the diagnosis
of mental illness. In closing, I would just like to say, "Treat your loved one
or friend like you would treat any other friend or relative who does not suffer
from a mental illness."
by Corinne, February 2009
I had a conversation with the moonlight that maybe it should not
bother to come out until the sunshine world is nice enough to help
bring safety and commitment in direct sunlight and on cozy grey
days, and on the melting of our hearts and the goodness of our
minds. The sunshine world has always known this, and the moonlit
night followed; and, if kept true to one another, always will.
RAY OF HOPE
by Guy C., 2009
Hope to me means that other individuals and I who suffer
from a mental illness can get control and maintain control over the
illness. By following a relapse prevention pan and a recovery plan,
we can succeed in whatever path we choose to take.
Often our loved ones and family members have high expecta-
tions and hope that their relative will succeed in all their present
and future endeavors no matter what they choose in life. The
individual with the illness needs his or her family members' support.
So many times the family does not want anything to do with the
person who suffers from an illness. When this happens, the success
rate of the family member who suffers from the illness is very low
because the person has little to no self-esteem.
In conclusion, my hope is that the family member who suffers
from mental illness will find support and will succeed in the same way
his or her peers do who have the support of family members and friends.