Union Station Weekly

Union Station News: Volume 2; Issue 9; February 2023

Note: As part of my Day Program, I contribure to the program’s newsletter. In June 2021, that Newsletter transitoned to a monthly basis as much of the elements of the program are back to a in-person status.

Three Years Since Crisis

In February 2020, due to unforeseen issues beyond control at my first apartment, I was forced what was known as temporarily leave it and eventually forgo it months later.

While this was happening, the world entered a state of pandemic due to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak that was plaguing the country at the time. Clubhouse was closed as
we knew it. There would be uncertainty as to whether work for me would be a thing for me. Other services and places looked completely different. All while the aforementioned was occurring, my mental health was taking a toll by the personal freedoms I had being uprooted. This was also compromised by having to manage the situation with the first apartment and struggling to get some grounding.

There were really rough times that nearly resulted in Mobile Crisis or the Police being involved. Luckily, my therapist was able to intervene and de-escalate me to a sense of
calm and start to get me back on track.

After I forgone my first apartment, I began the search for what eventually would become my present home, which was by solely pure luck. Then more COVID resurgences became present and as it waned to more manageable levels, so did my ability to need to grasp reality and work on the skills needed to get my life back.

Slowly I made small milestones in my mental health by seeing the value of it and how sometimes the way I acted was perceived by others around me, and I did not want to
feel that again. It also took building boundaries that I have too far not had built up. Honestly, that was the building block that made me move forward in my mental health

It has been making my mental health treatment and natural supports a priority in my life that made it turn around to the better in 2023 to the point that I was successfully discharged from Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation and while still working and keeping treatment with my Outpatient therapist weekly, I am working on more skills and the horizon looks better every day!

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