When my mother was dying from cancer in 2008, my dad told me that there were 22 others living on Trailwood Avenue who were positive for some type of cancer concurrently. “There’s a lawsuit,” I told my dad. We were driving and it was warm outside and the air smells like Central California does in the Fall. Fog, basically. There is no mystery that most probably embedded land subdivisions were watered by wells driven by the local growers and irrigation seepage will occur. Their water is screwed, no less. Now more than ever with the heat that will not stop and wells are drying. People are stealing their neighbor’s water in California.
My mother died in ’08 and my only sibling died from cancer at 53 years old in ’12 (also in November).
And so at my age, I have superseded the mortality for both, my biofamily and that of the <25 year early morbidity for people living with an SPMI who have received continuous US Community Public Mental Health services for at least 25 -30 years.
Which is worse? Cancer or the US Public Community Mental Health System? I’m laughing because I’m really not joking.
This writing’s intent is to at least touch upon the notion of how disease, chronic illnesses and malhealth – when not self-managed or self-cared for – will manifest physically and you will die sooner than later, probably.
Things to practice then:
- Carefully discerning that which takes your concern(s).
- Be Kind to yourself and to others.
- Be loved.
- Be adored.
- Get that energy of others that is hurtful away from you.
- Work your body out.
- Practice Releasing.
- Live gentler.
- Walk with all of your senses as often as you can.
- Get REM Sleep.
- It’s okay to let yourself dream.
- Walk in water.
- Talk with your best friend.
- The day is short. The night is shorter. Mind your time.
- Harm no others.
- Protect yourself and what’s yours.
- Run. Run. Run.
- Know that you are immortal.
New Peer Initiative – February 3 Deadline
Application Deadline: February 3, 2015
The ACMHA Peer Leadership Interest Group (PLIG) is doing meaningful and important work for the field. If you have not seen it, the tool kit that arose out of our discussions and input is available and being promoted to the members. The PLIG has another opportunity to do some really valuable work…but the deadline is very short. We have received sponsorship funding to support the development of a program or product that collects and shares information about how peers are supporting At Risk Individuals (ARI) who, for these purposes, are defined as:
- Individuals in Rural and Frontier areas where resources are geographically hard to access
- Justice Involved Individuals
- Individuals experiencing multiple ongoing hospitalizations
- Individuals with multiple physical and behavioral health issues
- Homeless individuals
A work group is being put together to create the project. Individuals in the ARI PLIG work group will be asked to commit to the following
- Attend the 2015 Summit (funded) and listen to and consider activation and health literacy information.
- Participate in a 2-3 hour post-Summit session where individuals process conference findings, share other best practices, and determine what program or product the group will create to support the field: An eBook? A Toolkit? A Learning Collaborative? A white paper? A series of webinars? Sessions at Alternatives Peer Conference? Compendium of tools and resources?
- Receive input from the full PLIG on the content of the program/product.
- Create, finalize and distribute the selected program/product(s) by December 31, 2015.
Peers who are interested in being a part of the ARI PLIG work group will need to apply by completing an application and returning it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 3, 2015. This is a hard deadline as all applications will be sent to the reviewers at the same time. We could not act sooner as funding just became available and the board approved the project