Today, Matt would be 39 years old. We’ve had to live 6 years and 9 months without his presence in our lives, without new memories, without his touch and his effervescent smile. We’ve learned how to live and find some happiness despite our grief, but there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hurt from missing him. We’re grateful for the 32 years of wonderful memories we shared with Matt that make us smile and warm our aching hearts, but we miss him so much.
Every year on Matt’s birthday, I re-post the resource page, Help for Serious Mental Illness.
There’s information on research and ideas for help with serious mental health issues that I was unable to use for Matt. I’m posting it with the hope that it might help someone else. I continue to add resources from the readers of MKRO. Note that some of it is traditional and some go into very woo-woo theories. It’s information gathered in one place for you to evaluate and decide for yourself if it can help you in some way.
If you or your family member is struggling with a serious mental health issue, I am so sorry. I wish, with all my heart, that something in my research resonates and helps you find a way to recover or at least a way to live and thrive with this illness.
And yes, I used the word recover. Despite what the mental health professionals told us, people can and do recover from serious mental health illnesses and others find ways to live with their illnesses while living fully productive lives.
Mental illness is not rare in our society. One in five Americans suffer from it, and despite that, they go on to lead successful lives.
If this is something of interest to you, please read, Help for Serious Mental Illness. If this does not affect you, first, thank your lucky stars, then share it with others who may not be so fortunate.
If you know of anything that should be added to this list, please email me with the information so we can make this list the go-to resource guide built by people with lived experience.
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