I then found my first group, and although I could not explain it, I was really into it. Sitting in a group with all these different people from diverse backgrounds, I realized I was feeling better, but I still did not have any answers. After struggling for another six months, I finally accepted that something was wrong with me and I had to take it seriously. So I started taking advantage of re:MIND and taking my medication. I realized the more I put into my re:MIND support group, the more I got out of it. I have now been a volunteer facilitator for the Clear Lake Young Adult group for over a year.
The feeling is indescribable, I come away from the group hearing other people who are now where I was a few years ago and I have the opportunity to help them. Am I perfect? Am I fixed? By no means! But I feel like I have been provided constructive tools to get through my day. My reactions to bad days are different and I leave yesterday behind regardless of whether it was good or bad.
I am really excited for re:MIND’s growth, and I wish it was in all schools. I can’t help but think what if there had been a re:MIND support group for me to go when this started? Maybe I would not have burned so many bridges? I am very grateful to be where I am now, and I remain hopeful for the next kid that maybe they can skip the really tough part and get some support before the downhill slide goes too far.