Georgians in Recovery
By Alyssa Lenox, NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter
I was born with a mental health condition. I displayed symptoms of poor mental health from a young age, and endured thoughts of suicide as early as seven years old. As I grew, my mental illness grew with me. My condition went unrecognized, not because of a lack of caring or support from loved ones, but because no one knew about it. I kept the fear, despair, and self-harm a secret because I thought it was just “me.” I kept everything inside until my mental health degraded to the point of psychosis, and hospitalization was the only option.
My mental health is carefully managed, and I feel successful everyday. I’ve graduated college, I have a job I adore, and I have fulfilling and loving relationships. I have all the things I never thought I would.
NAMI Ending the Silence is critically important. It means so much to me to be able to tell share my story and let people know they aren’t alone. If I had known earlier that what I was experiencing was common and something that could be treated, my recovery might have started much sooner. Working with this program is beneficial to my own mental health. It gives me a sense of responsibility and motivation that is much appreciated. I have to keep myself well in order to be there for the people that need to hear my story. I’m proud to be a part of such a beneficial program.