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I had been suffering from crying spells and isolated myself in my room. I often had periods of being extremely hyperactive and had many anger issues. I did not have control of my life and my self-esteem suffered. I have been receiving services from a Mental Health center for several years now. I learned to take my medicationstalk to the doctor effectively and begin attending groups that were offered including anmanagement, music and assertiveness. 

I was promoted to another program and I learned more about depression and how it affected me on a daily basis. I learned skills to reduce my anger and deal with my sadness. I learned to manage symptoms of my illness to keep me out of the hospital. I learned to communicate openly with peers and to deal with life issues. I began to feel better about myself and gained  confidence to continue with my recovery.


I have found friends who have things in common with me and we have bonded and talk about our problems. 

If it were not for this program I don’t know where I would be now. I hope to one day have a job and to be more independent of my family and the department of mental health. My goal in life is to learn to live with my mental illness, be a productive member of my community. 


by Lisa Faye Bauer


From: Connections: Stories of Recovery from Mental Illness 

Crisis Plan

I Need Help Now
Maricopa Crisis Line: 602-222-9444
National Crisis Line:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Police/Fire: 911
Crisis Plan


  • Call someone close to you and is a supportive person

  • Drink water and eat something fast, easy, and delicious

  • Watch your favorite movie or TV show (humor is helpful)

  • Go for a walk

  • Find a place to sit out in nature

  • Read a book

  • Read the Bible or another inspirational text

  • Play a video game

  • Squeeze a piece of ice in your hand and focus only on the sensation

  • Listen to music

  • Intense exercise

  • Meditate or Mindfulness Exercises

  • Pray

  • Draw or Paint

  • Look through old pictures

  • Remember how you have handled stress in the past healthily and manage the situation in a similar fashion

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