My journey with mental health challenges has been a very long road. I was diagnosed with ADHD and OCD at the age of 6. I had a hard time making friends.
My problems really started to spike in high school. The school counselor noted that my grades were dipping as I was an honors student in AP classes. I was depressed and unable to focus on both school and work. I lost my job and dropped in attendance at school.
It was then when I got the courage to ask for help.
I was hospitalized for the first time at the age of 16 and went from a diagnosis of two neurological disorders to a bi-polar diagnosis. Throughout the years, I was involved in many treatments, including medication management and therapy.
Eventually, I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel and began to thrive. I was able to graduate college with my associate degree in health information management from Hutchinson Community College with the support of Student Support Services.
It was always my dream to work side by side with other individuals who encounter mental health challenges. A very good friend told me about Breakthrough Clubhouse in Wichita. Shortly after hearing about the services and membership, I applied to become a member.
The first time I toured Clubhouse, I knew it was the perfect place for me. Clubhouse provided so many opportunities to improve my life and engage with others who also experienced mental health challenges.
I’ve now been a member for three years and have graciously accepted a position – my dream job – as a Peer Support Specialist in the CAPE Program.
Breakthrough’s support systems helped me thrive in recovery while helping others become successful in their recovery journey. The struggle is real, but recovery is possible with the correct support system in place.
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