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Mental health impacts everyone regardless of who they are or where they come from. Some estimates indicate that as many as 1 in 4 Americans has a meantal illness. While I don't hold any mental health degrees, I do feel that it's important that mental illness be allowed to shed the stigma and stereotyping that creates obstacles that make people reluctant to seek or accept treatment, these issues also cause pain and heartache for friends and family of those with mental health issues.

I am not qualified to treat or diagnose a mental illness, so I will not try to do so, What I am able to do is offer resources where visitors will find professional advice.

I may offer tips or ideas that I have found helpful in managing my own mental health issues, but they are not intended to be a substitute for professional help or be considered to be a miracle cure. I will never claim that something is a cure, because at this time, even mental health professionals will tell you there is no such thing as a cure for mental illness, but there are things that can be tried in an effort to help manage symptoms and improve the person's quality of life.

I would also like to note that mental health recovery is a very personal journey that is a unique experience for every individual. I'm a firm believer in the idea that what works for me, may not work for you, and what works for you may not work for me. I fully acknowledge and respect that there are things that work wonderfully for me, but for others, those same treatment options haven't worked as well. I also know that there have been things that I've tried that worked great for others, but were an epic fail for me. This isn't to say that the option or idea I tried was a bad idea and should never be tried, it just means that it wasn't a good fit for me.

If you are in crisis,
call 9-1-1
or your local emergency phone number.

Need Help?

If you are in the United States and need emergency medical care, please call, 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Other numbers that offer support and can assist with getting care should you need it, include.

Emergencies (Ambulance, Fire, Police)
9-1-1 or your local Emergency Number (USA)
Text: HOME
To: 741741
National Human Trafficking Hotline (USA)
National Suicide Hotline (USA)

Websites To Visit

Advocacy Tools & Resources

Advocating is something we can all do whether we are professionals, a friend, family member, neighbor, Clergy person, or are the person living with a mental illness. Everyone is a potential advocate when it comes to mental health. My goal is to include resources in this section role="region" to help people in general learn what they can do to become an advocate for someone else, or for themself.

  • Helping Others
  • Helping yourself

Not about us without us.

Pat Deegan circa 2015 at Beacon Light Recovery Center open house