Union Station Weekly: Volume 1: Issue 6: May 15, 2020

As part of my virtual clubhouse attendance we compose a weekly newsletter that is published each Friday, I have decided to include those writings in my Blog

Full Newsletters http://coronavirus.unionstationclubhouse.com/weekly/index.html

This week, as part of a series for Mental Health Awareness Month, members in our telehealth share the changes of public perception over the last few years:

In the past few years, I have noticed more public awareness campaigns regarding not only mental health needs, but also further combining that with the needs of youth, especially connecting with the LGBT+ and Autism communities. Further enhancements have been placed on suicide prevention and is portrayed even more so on social media and TV, although the latter sometimes finds it necessary to outline the negative effects of criminal behavior or actions for a method of seeking good ratings. Nonetheless, I feel that a more positive spin is being given on public television, radio, and other platforms where the ones telling the story have more freedom. In all honesty, more so with the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a multitude of awareness bringing more options to get help such as a statewide warm line as well as several text crisis lines, which is a great help and plug from our secretary of health due to individuals such as myself who may need to reach out but cannot express their concerns vocally because of being in close quarters not, but need to do so for their mental health and their recovery, which has been noted locally. While we have made great strides in the past five years, we still have a way to go with the public perception as many of us members and other individuals in the mental health community face stigma often in the communities we live to the point where we feel safe and valued from the all parties community members and the officials who serve us that we do have a voice and we do matter that our mental health does not define us but we define ourselves and we should have the same rights as everyone else.

Fayette, other counties enter YELLOW Phase Today!

For the yellow phase, I see much of a continuation of what is presently occurring other than the necessitous of remaining at home. While some businesses are permitted to reopen, it will indeed be very different to what we are accustomed to, including our Clubhouse. Change is difficult for me and I feel it is best to keep doing what I am doing in the way that I am doing it. Many things will not be the same for some time and I under-stand that. I have personally adapted to some changes such as socially distancing and masking well, but when other patrons of a business do not comply, I get frustrated and fear for my own safety. Therefore, to protect myself from relapsing, I am coming to terms of this is the way it is going to be for some time and honestly I do struggle with it and sometimes feel like it is a setback. But I do have to look at the positives as I still can be employed and can manage with what I have. I do enjoy more things being available online as a result as this occupies my free time since I do remain at home. Finally, I want to thank our managed care and government authorities for allowing telehealth to occur as it is a great benefit for me and with it being allowed to be continued, which will make my life be somewhat stable in a ever unpredictable future that helps individuals on the Autism spectrum such as myself .

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