ADVOCACY

BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD FACE MENTAL ILLNESS ALONE

Share The Hope

Your experience can help others and even support legislative change. Learn how you can empower people through sharing your story.

We speak on behalf of those living with mental illness in a variety of forums. Our efforts include all aspects of the legal system and we often join others to present and support legislation designed to improve the quality of life for those living with mental illness. Advocacy is most effective when shared in our own voice.

For more information about how to tell those around you that you’re living with a mental health condition, consider learning more tips for yourself.  Learn how others are advocating for themselves.

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Telling your story in a succinct and powerful way may help you and encourage others to feel less alone

Tips for Sharing Your Story

Rehearse telling your story through your cultural perspective with this easy-to-use practice sheet

Storytelling Practice Sheet

Others, just like you, have found ways to cope with Mental Illness

Judy (adult child with persistent mental illness)

“Mental illness isn’t new to me. I’ve been supporting my daughter for many years now. Recently I began to support some others in my family and felt like it was time for a refresher. So, I completed the E3 Course and remembered a number of things that I had let slip way. I remembered just how complex mental illness can be, and how important it is to take care of me during crisis points. Not long after completing the course, we were thrust into a new crisis and I was grateful for the investment of learning. Without my church family, prayer and Pathway To Hope, I don’t know what I would’ve done.”

Ron (adult child with schizophrenia)

“When our son was diagnosed, it was the support groups that saved our lives. The connections we made helped us to find resources. The groups became our lifeline and we always knew that there was someone who understood. Our son is doing well, but I still attend sometimes, knowing how much courage I gained from sitting with others who had been in my shoes. I want people to know that they don’t have to do it alone!”

Kelsie (sister with severe autism)

“Attending E3 was an incredibly eye opening experience for me. I was able to learn much of what I wish I would’ve been taught in school. It helped me make sense of my family situation and circle of friends. I feel a new sense of acceptance and empowerment as I endeavor to stomp on stigma and continue to practice boundaries. I’ve learned it’s ok to focus on my own mental health and recovery.”

More stories…

     Jenny had a bright future ahead of her. But at the age of 22, she started her roller coaster struggle with mental illness. For three years, her family devoted immeasurable time and resources to help her. At the point when they did not know where to turn, they discovered Pathway To Hope. Jenny suffered serious ups and downs, but they were never alone –Pathway To Hope was there. Today, Jenny is living independently and serves on the Board of Directors of Pathway To Hope.

     Zach came to Pathway To Hope from Pennsylvania in 2008. More recently he graduated with honors from the University of Kansas Edwards Campus – where he received his master’s degree. Zach, is currently working with kids who live with Autism Disorder. He chooses to live at Blake House. Living there, he says, provides security and the assistance he needs– Zach had a history of Asperger’s Spectrum Disorders, but with guidance and a strong will, he manages his mental health issues, and now wants to help others with similar difficulties.

    Jenny, Zach and numerous others and their families have been able to change their lives because of education, support and advocacy offered by Pathway To Hope — giving hope where there once was none.

OTHER THOUGHTS & STORIES

“The most important piece of the puzzle is my meds. Without the meds, I am a frightened, confused person. With the meds, I’m someone’s full-time employee and living on my own.”

“Pathway To Hope allows me to connect with other individuals who share similar strengths and struggles.”

 “I always feel better when I leave group. I know there are people that truly care. I am able to share my mental health concerns with people in my same position.”

“Sharing and fellowship with those who can relate to the highs and lows of my days and nights.”

“I like listening to people who have been through some of the same things I have – and have learned more about mental illness and treatments.”

“I come to group to be grounded. Like a plane, sometimes I’ve been up too long and need to land. Pathway To Hope is a safe landing strip.” 

“I come here because it helps to see others who have similar diagnosis and are dealing with problems in healthy ways and/or getting advice from the people around them.”

“I love everyone in the group! A place to go where I can be myself, express my feelings and process problem – I don’t feel judged harsh.”