Once a year each of the program directors at the MHA has the opportunity to share something. December is PROS Columbia’s turn. This month I have been thinking about the challenges connected to personal change.
Change is not easy. It requires time, a personal commitment to oneself and one’s goals, hope and a vision of our potential and our future self, and the presence and involvement of people who believe in our ability to change. There is no magic wand. There are no short cuts – only hard work, self-determination, and a lot of courage. Some of the folks who are a part of PROS Columbia have volunteered to write about their experiences.
“ I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it- but we must sail and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes
Submitted by Karie Conrad, RN
“Before coming to PROS, I was just sitting at home with nothing to do with my time and I was stressed, and feeling all alone. Now I come 4 days a week, and have met some great people, become friends with some, and I am learning more about myself – like my triggers, my emotions, and working on becoming a happy, kind, loving person like I used to be years ago,” -JA
” I appreciate PROS because it has helped restore my physical, spiritual and mental well-being. After I attempted to take my own life, the people at PROS uplifted me with their classes and their support. I am getting better every day because of them.” -JN“I came to MHA from being on 5-A (the hospital). In 2014 my first impression was this place is nice and has a caring staff. I joined so many different classes and different coping and different healing skills and now I am learning a lot on different mental health information. I have learned about the illness I have. MHA is a great place to come and learn and recover from your illness.” -NL”Today I am learning how to use the copings skills acquired into real life situations. The groups that are offered are very specific to the subject matter. The groups that aided me the most so far are anger management, healthy relationships, coping through art just to name a few. Along with continuation of some groups, they are always coming up with new courses all the time. The staff here is so helpful and understanding that not all peoples growth rate is the same. I became a part of this family the moment I let my defenses down, asked for help and let them in. This was big for me since I don’t share about me or my life too easily. Being a loner, angry and explosive Pros have turned me into a likable, caring, responsible adult. I had a lot of work to do to get here and know it’s never-ending. I now have more good days than bad. When the bad days come they are not as long or overwhelming. My outlook on life is no longer grim; instead I am finally living instead of existing. I now have strong relationships in place of acquaintances. I can ask for help and actually try to trust. Looking back coming here was one of the best decisions I made in a long time.” -JYK