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Living Well: An Educated Consumer
By GERRI ALBERT
"For most of us, living on a fixed income of SSI or SSD, the thought of 'living well' has become an unattainable fantasy. It really doesn't have to be that way."

Friendship is the Best Medicine
By ADRIENNE WILLIAMS
"Every mental health consumer knows the loneliness and isolation that can accompany our illnesses ... Compeer can provide a friend to a lonely consumer."

Crisis in Albuquerque
By MOE ARMSTRONG
"The Person-to-Person telephone support line represents a new and important step towards putting telecommunications ... to work for us, our family members, psychiatrists and others. I have learned this firsthand."

On Self-Help Books: Gentle But Powerful Changes
By BARBARA COHEN
"Staking out a pathway, faithfully following it along and enriching one's life, gives a tremendous sense of independence, of setting one's own direction, and of personal power."

A Healing Arts Experience
By DANIEL S. FREY
"Overall, what we realized was that as mental health consumers, we need creative outlets to express our thoughts and feelings and something besides medication to calm us down."

Empowering Ourselves
Edited by DANIEL FREY
"Supportive Housing applications are generally prepared by a case manager... However, other individuals, including a consumer advocate, peer specialist, and family members often assist"

Symptoms Help Me Manage My Illness
By EDITH BRIDGE
"I manage my symptoms. They no longer take center stage as a negative force. Symptoms are like nerves connected to my psyche. When they pulse, I respond."

How To Tell Your Lover You Have Schizophrenia
By BONNIE CHERNIN
"You remember when you said the word 'psychotic' to a friend. The friend had looked scared. You decide to find another expression"

Self-Help Source
By SHIFRA LAWNER, Director, Self-Help Source
"a peer-run project of the Resource Center, Inc., ... sharing as wide a variety as possible of mental health-related self-help information"

Work is Important in My Recovery
By WILLIAM JIANG, MLS
"New York Works is what has enabled me to work part-time and keep my all-important benefits. Before [NY Works]. I was deathly afraid of going to work because I didn't want to lose my benefits that allow me to see a psychiatrist and get my medicine."

Writing Expresses My Inner Self
BY CHRISTINA BRUNI

"Documenting my life in black-and-white, I was able to see that I'm a beautiful person who was self-determined."

Managing Your Fears and Anxieties
BY STAN POPOVICH

"The main point of this article is that no matter how difficult it is to manage your fear and anxieties, the answers are out there if you look hard enough."

For more information, see also...

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