April 2014 — My name is Amy. I am both a member and employee at the Beacon House. I was in a traumatic car accident when I was 17 years old. As a result of the car accident, I went into a coma for 24 days. I have been suffering from depression since then. The doctors at the hospital didn’t see much of a successful future for me.
Beacon House has been very beneficial to my recovery. I have opened up and become more social. By being around other individuals with similar problems, I feel more relaxed socializing because I know that I am not being judged.
The Beacon House has given me hope and inspiration to go out and accomplish things that I wish to do.
The groups at Beacon House are facilitated by members and are very informative, helpful, and beneficial. The activities offered at Beacon House have helped me tremendously. The emotions anonymous group is beneficial because members are able to talk about problems that they are having, with peers, who aren’t judging them. They can also get feedback from other members who may have gone through the same kind of problem.
The healthy living group is an informative group that gives members an awareness of health topics. The fitness group give members the opportunity to get some exercise and release some energy. The outings are beneficial because the cost, if any, for the members to go, is affordable. There is a dual diagnosis group that is a support group for members who have had a drug or alcohol problem in the past. The creative writing group, that I facilitate, has made me realize that I have a passion for writing and learning, so I became motivated to go back to college. Since being back to college, I have been extremely successful and have been on the dean’s list. Programs and activities at the Mental Health Community Center have given me the motivation to go out and improve myself.