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Faces of Hope & Healing

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Published on May 03, 2019. Last modified on November 01, 2019

Faces of Hope & Healing Project

Faces of Hope & Healing

Charles

Charles is an advocate working in the community to help others. He is a member of the Cultural Relevancy and Humility Committee, working with Monterey County Behavioral Health to ensure that the community knows where to go get help.

-Charles


Faces of Hope & Healing

Wes

Wes is an advocate working in the community to help others.  He is a member of the Cultural Relevancy and Humility Committee, working with Monterey County Behavioral Health to ensure that the community knows where to go get help.

-Wes


Faces of Hope & Healing

Rita

Rita is an advocate working in the community to help others.  She participates in the Cultural Relevancy and Humility Committee.

-Rita


Statement of Hope and Healing

adrienne “My life has changed drastically for the better since coming to Monterey County Behavioral Health. If it wasn’t for this amazing team of people who really care, I don’t know where I’d be right now.”

-Adrienne


What are your sources of hope?

melissa2 I find hope in the littlest things, for example the youth I work with. They give me so much to look forward to, each youth that comes to the Epicenter has a unique talent whether that may be robotics, drawing, dancing, digital photography, cooking and much more! The youth bring so much warmth, energy, and keep the center flowing everyday. What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?
If you are going through a hard time, and you need a safe place please come to the Epicenter!

-Melissa


Statement of Hope and Healing

Katie K It is truly an honor to work with our consumers, sometimes seen by others as the most vulnerable among us. I joined Behavioral Health with the goal of helping others. I enjoy sharing in our consumers’ healing processes and witnessing their strengths. It can be said that there is strength in vulnerability, as these are some of the strongest individuals I know. I would also like to thank our consumers for helping me learn and grow in my profession and as a person.

-Katie


What are your sources of hope?

SummerA good job, A happy family, A sense of well-being and most importantly believing in myself.

What has been your greatest strength in your recovery? My greatest strength in my recovery has been that there is the possibility for recovery. I am not stuck in the depths of my mental illness, I will not let it destroy me like it has destroyed my family. I can and will overcome this thing that has been genetically forced upon me.  

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?
 You are not alone
I don’t know what issues you are facing and, for all I know, the small part of my story that I told you could pale in comparison to what you are going through, but that doesn't matter. I am writing to you because we are connected by one thing, we both suffer from the demon that rides our back every day, a demon that does not respond to questions, does not adhere to logic and seems almost invincible to all attempts of reason. But there is one way to deal with it; it’s to realize that you are not alone. Man, at some points in my life I would have done given anything to have someone to tell me all of this, but I didn't. I am not filled with some false sense of duty, nor did I put my shining armor to come to your rescue. I come to you because I’m terrified, terrified that someone else, someone who I could possibly help, for one second, is stuck somewhere I know too well and want to do everything within my power to get them out.

You aren’t being melodramatic by asking for help and nor should you expect someone to understand the complex chain of events that led you down that dark hole and if someone says otherwise, ignore them, what do they know? Just talk to someone, anyone, once you get over that initial hump of “they won’t understand”, you will realize that they don’t have to, they couldn’t possibly, but they are still there for you. What a wonderful thing.

-Summer


Statement of Hope and Healing

maria I am glad that my daughter and my family want me. I feel well when I swim and go to the gym, have fun with my friends. People want to be around me and like me everyday. I pray for help for myself and my friends.

I am glad for my grandson and for my Aunt. Her text messages and facebook posts make me feel good.

-Maria


Statement of Hope and Healing

Kerrie I've been through so much and what's worked for me was having someone who truly cared and would not give up on me.   Throughout Interim there were case managers, one in particular who saved my life.  She persisted and she kept letting me know that she was there for me.  She made such a huge impact.  And then my psychiatrist came and little by little things started to fall into place.   

Before that I had no one.  I was lost and I didn't know how to get help for my problems.  I didn't know what mental illness was.  Finally having someone that cared enough, that kept reaching out to me, and said let's help you made a difference.    

I had a medical career I wasn't "that person".  I had that will and I wanted that help that was being offered.  I didn't want to give up on myself. 

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?

 It doesn't have to be like this.  There's help.  Just accept it. There's life.  There's hope.  Don't give up on yourself.

-Kerri


What are your sources of hope?

JosephMy source of hope is to believe in myself and have hope in the Almighty, in God.  In God, I hope that I will recover soon in my mental illness.

What has been your greatest strength in your recovery?

My greatest strength is my willingness to work hard every day.  My greatest strength is that I can work and that I can be a productive citizen.  I have a part time job at OMNI.  I earn money and I can go to the movies and restaurants with my brother.  I am a perfectionist and I am known as guy who works hard.  I participate and I ask questions regarding  my mental health.  I am friendly and I am sociable.  I am very productive.   

I have ups and downs and I know I will bounce back to reality and be as normal as I can be again with the help of my medications. I have perseverance.  I am a funny guy and I have a sense of humor.

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?

I would let them know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope if they believe.  It's hard work, but it's going to be okay.  I would tell them, life is not always easy, it has ups and downs and it is well deserving after all

-Joseph


Anaika

What are your sources of hope?

My vital ones are my family and the OMNI center.  OMNI is part of my family.

What has been your greatest strength in your recovery?

My life story and my recovery story.  My life experiences and the common challenges that people have had.  I can relate to just about everyone.  I've been there before.  Having a good life and going through foster care, guardianship with family, custody under a boyfriend.  These experiences have made me stronger and help me to relate to people. 

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?

I've been there.  How can I help you?  You are not alone.  Share your comments.  You are needed, wanted, accepted.  It's okay to say that you need help.  We all need help and we all want hope and healing. 

-Anaika


Esperanza

What are your sources of hope?

My sources of hope are speaking to my mom and to friends that can help me with my daily activities…like if I need to talk about school or daily life issues, that everybody goes through.  Also talking to my boyfriend or significant other helps.  And coming to OMNI groups and seeing people helps you feel social and socialize, you talk about your day and you go to group. 

Being able to process your emotions and getting things out of the box and share things with another human who cares about you, your friends, your school, your teacher and your work.

What has been your greatest strength in your recovery?

Believing in myself and waiting and knowing that things would turn around and get better.  I always believed in myself and had to be patient.  Things got better.

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?

I would say, to value themselves and know they are important.  Know they are worthy and value themselves and they are loved.  They are important to the world and their own family cares about them. 

-Esperanza


kenneth

What are your sources of hope?

My sources of hope are my sister and brother.

What has been your greatest strength in your recovery?

My greatest strength in my recovery was graduating from college.

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?

If someone is feeling alone, I would offer my hand and share my story with them.  I would tell them how I was an introvert growing up and I would encourage them to break out of their shell.  I had never been diagnosed with anything and waited until my 30's.  I wish I had gone in sooner and I would tell people to get treatment right away and don't wait until something is really wrong. 

-Kenneth


Pam

Greatest Strength

My greatest strength is resiliency and the ability to meet people where they are at and being able to connect through advocacy and peer empowerment.

What are your sources of hope?

My source of hope is being able to use my lived experience to create change and empower others.

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?

For those who feel alone, it's who we are not what we do that matters most and its what's unique and different that makes us amazing. For me, I realize when I live as I believe and stay connected to our community recovery is possible. We are here for you.

-Pam


Phil

Statement of Hope and Healing

"When I first became well again in 1995 and I knew my life was mine to choose, I started doing odd jobs and other positions of employment and when I heard about the position of Behavioral Health Aide with Monterey County Behavioral Health, I decided to apply. When I landed the position with the county it was my honor and pleasure to serve people who were my friends and “extended family” and pay it forward with a big possibility of helping somebody else into recovery."
-Phil


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