My potential book publicist just described Ben Behind His Voices, and its message within, as “a beacon of hope” for those who are going through any similar challenge with a disability in a loved one. I hope so. Oh, do I hope so. That is my dream for this memoir, and for this blog: to spread hope, to reduce stigma, to open dialogues, to increase understanding and respect for those with mental illness and for their families.
I’ve submitted this blog to Technorati so that others can find it. To do that, I must include the code here: 28UFDXR7Y75H. (It’s in the title too – just in case)
Meanwhile, on June 9th, I will be the keynote speaker for Fellowship Place in New Haven, Connecticut. Fellowship Place is a shining example of how important community is to those in the mental illness recovery process. NAMI reminds us that essentials for recovery include, among other elements:
- a safe and stable environment
- an educated, supportive family
- something to get involved in: work, community, advocacy
- sustaining hope and a vision of what is possible.
My Ben would not be where he is without his community – his job coach, caseworkers, house supervisors, doctors, family a friends. It takes a mental health village. Kudos to all who serving as a beacon of hope, and to all who are absorbing it all so they too may someday advocate as well.