“My quality of life is tremendous compared to before I entered treatment.”
– Lisa, a client at Jefferson Center
Living a stable and happy life, Lisa is a force to be reckoned with. She has a successful career in the airline industry, serves on the board of directors of a non-profit organization, and is a published writer with stories showcased in Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul. Aside from her many talents, Lisa is a Denver resident who loves swimming, international travel, and inspiring others.
Prior to receiving treatment at Jefferson Center, Lisa recalls her first brush with a manic episode at the young age of 21. She recalls life being chaotic, unpredictable, and overwhelming.
“It was scary. The only chance I had was the help I got from the community health center.”
At the time, Lisa didn’t have private insurance and relied on help from community mental health centers. During these visits, she was diagnosed with bipolar I, and without medication to balance her brain chemistry, she would have found herself going in and out of hospitals with dangerous and damaging manic episodes.
“The therapy I received kept me grounded in learning about myself and the disease. The stability that I achieved through their services was invaluable and priceless. The local mental health center literally saved my life,” shares Lisa. Now, years after therapy and treatment, Lisa feels connected to friends, family, her psychology team, and the community. She can once again enjoy her favorite hobbies while working on projects with focus and clarity.
Has your life improved because of mental health treatment? Do you wish to use your experience to help others?
Sharing your experiences with mental health treatment can help others who are struggling, and it can help fight the stigma of seeking mental health care.
You can remain anonymous.
For more information, please email VoicesOfHope@jcmh.org.