Getting help from others is often the first, best step toward getting through a crisis.
But first, a quick introduction, this being my debut post. Like my bio says, I work at a 28-day crisis residential facility in California. Clients generally come to the program direct from psychiatric hospitalization. They tend to be homeless and dually diagnosed–that is, struggling with both chronic mental illness and substance abuse. They often own nothing but the clothes they come in with. Their crises are real and ongoing.
The program provides the basics: food and shelter. But also structure: A morning wake-up time, daily chores, meal preparation. We have an MD and nurse on staff. Clients get group and individual therapy. Case managers help with funding and housing. Everything you might need to begin to pull yourself out of crisis.
Which is what I plan to write about here. Whatever you're going through right now–crisis or not–my hope is that these posts will be of help.
So, to begin, here's a worksheet I use regularly with clients in group: My Support System–Today and In the Future. Take a look. The worksheet asks who you have on your team right now–who you can lean on in a time of need. Then it asks who you'd like to have in your support system in the future. What family, friends, professionals, and others might be of help?