What’s On My Mind?
Last week I was honored by the County Behavioral Health Office for 10 years of employment With COVID, I am taking notice of establishments that cannot retain employees because of the inability to pay above minimum wage. Additionally,
enhanced COVID protocol has made the management at many establishments severely reduce their hours of operation simply because they do not have employees to staff the places of business. This has made me more thankful for my job and the need to maintain it because of not only the pandemic, but also the quality of my job and how much I enjoy
it. I have realized that I need to continue to build the building blocks of my recovery so that I can break down my fears and reach my ultimate dreams of what I want to do in
the next chapters of my life, while acknowledging that recovery is a lifelong and ongoing journey. I know that mental health recovery is possible, probable, and likely in each and
every person with a mental health challenge.
Member Gets 10-Year Recognition from County Behavioral Health Administration
He works in the Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team where he gathers input from Health Choices and Base Funded Members in the County about the services they receive and the care/insurance they receive. This employment opportunity was made available in March
2010 by the staff at MHA reaching out to the Clubhouse for placements. When taking the job, Dustin didn’t think It would be a forever thing. However, the C/FST supervisor was very adamant about him coming aboard and sharing his input and talents, something he still continues to do to this day. He has even expanded his college education after working and uses the skills he learned there to work on the MHA and Union Station Clubhouse websites. He has also played a key role of taking county led advocacy groups and making them member led. Although when he starting work, he had many anxieties and detriments of his diagnosis. But, he stuck with it . Lastly, he understands that work, no matter how big or small, is a contribution to society and that he is needed. His employer is very kind to him and treats him the same as any other employees. Getting this award was one of
his long term goals adding that “I’ve never worked at any job for a few months, let alone a job that is mine.” He would like to thank the Clubhouse for providing him this opportunity and assisting him in whatever he needs and the MHA staff for having hope in his ability to
work with such a great agency. He plans to continue working as long as he can, as it is a integral part of his independent living. Especially, during the pandemic. Even though establishments are downsizing, closing, or limiting hours and he sees the continual
downfall of persons, specifically of his and all diagnoses entering the workforce, this props him up to continue the ongoing journey. As he said in his leadership in Recovery award address in 2017, what he did is part of his recovery journey and is possible of
each and every one in the mental health recovery community.