Been with Anxiety Zone for a couple of years and received support while I fought to keep in the work force. Postings from some of you on this site helped me maintain contact, receive support, and celebrate steps forward.
Then I started attending NAMI in March of 2012. Since then, my mental health has been improving steadily. I am progressively serving more and more. I attended their Connection group initially. Then I attended Peer-To-Peer. I continued attending Connections afterward. Just last weekend I was sent to a Peer-To-Peer Mentor training. The hotel room was an executive suite for 4 days. Each member had their own room. We had a great time. The training was long, but very good. I am preparing to facilitate a Peer-To-Peer coming up soon. Been struggling for the past 6 years, but I have been getting a great deal of support and encouragement through my peers in Mental Health recovery at NAMI. They are constantly seeking those of us who are struggling with mental disorders, since their philosophy is that an individual who is actually struggling with a mental illness is the best resource regarding management of symptoms. I believe they are right. Serving in this capacity makes me feel better. I had no idea that they pay you for being a mentor (not much). It was a pleasant surprise, though.