When I think about what I am thankful for at this time of year, I often come up empty. This year as the question comes up I will have an answer, as I am thankful for CMHA. They have no idea just how much they have helped me this year, without the help from CMHA I don’t know where I would be, but probably doing a lot worse, and feeling unable to cope with life.

Having spent the week at Safe Beds leading up to thanksgiving I learned I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful I have a roof over my head, I am thankful for the CMHA staff at Safe Beds, Urgent Support, Community Support Worker, realwork, and the MCRRT workers. All of these services at which I use.

From Safe Beds I have felt supported and like I matter and that I am a person too, and that I need to take care of myself first. From Urgent Support I have learned to carry a whistle to help me feel safe when I am alone. From my Community Support Worker I have learned the most about myself, and what I have to do for myself, and that I have to be accountable to me. I have also learned how to implement my coping skills I have learned rather than just being able to recite them. From realwork I have gotten a job, put some purpose back into my life, and now I am learning how to keep the job and maintain purpose.  From MCRRT I have learned what to do during a crisis, when to go to hospital and when hospital can be diverted.

This year I am so thankful for all these things and these people and branches of CMHA. A year ago I was not doing as well as I am doing now, as the only contact I had with CMHA was MCRRT, but now I am teamed up with the best because of my calls to 9-1-1 and MCRRT’s involvement. I feel like I am now leading a more fulfilled life. Sure, I still have my struggles and daily thoughts of self-harm, but it is what I do with the thoughts that matter, and I cope with them and ride the wave, rather than acting on them, which is why I am thankful for CMHA this year.

– Julie