Northern Nevada Disability Resource Network

Finding Renewed Hope

Dorothy was going through something which resulted falling into a dark part in her life. She was trying to fight this invisible battle called mental illness by herself. She verbally argued with people close to her that tried to help her, but Dorothy felt like everyone was against her. When in reality they were trying to understand Dorothy but didn’t realize she was suffering an episode of mental health breakdown.

She ended up in a mental health facility because her mental health episode turned to a point by almost ending her life. If she hadn’t met a cashier working in the gas station, who knew Dorothy was acting strange and getting the proper help from police officers. Then Dorothy being admitted to a hospital to a facility to get treatment for her mental health. After Dorothy’s relatives drove to pick her up from the hospital. Relatives were told about the Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health where Dorothy was receiving  treatment for her mental health.

The people at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health helped her with medication, group therapy, and finding a job to for Dorothy to find her place in the community with dignity to become self-sufficient as an outpatient. Dorothy’s doctor Nicole was able to address her concerns regarding to her treatment plan to help building a positive supportive relationship group for support group where she attended group therapy once every week when she can. She has been getting treatment and support for her mental illness at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health six years ago. Now she is another prescribed medication doctor named Dr. Jake who works there for service provider called Dr. Philip and Malina’s Office Associates.

Dr. Jake told Dorothy that taking medication is not a bad thing to take its more like taking medication for your well-being to live a healthy life. What Dorothy had learned through her darkest moments when her mental health almost took her life was that she cannot fight this battle alone. She can fight this battle through support of people, having resources to get treatment, and educating the community about the stigma of mental health.

She is now empowered to help those who suffer in silence by mental health using art as a form to show the world that the media portrays this mental health people by giving the wrong message. Dorothy remembers in the website when she felt disconnected from the world on the NAMI blog posts. She read in one of the most evoking sentences was that read: “My father said that I cannot get rid of mental health. It’s a part of my identity that needs to be embraced as a part of me.”

-Anonymous