Coming Out Of My Mental Health Closet 

The decision to share your life story publicly is a very personal choice, but I have found a deep sense of purpose since I have begun to share my own experiences. 

I am thankful for the health care that has helped restore my joy, my peace of mind and the ability to embrace each new day as a precious gift from God. I have dealt with the symptoms of mental illness for more than fifty years; but my life has finally become an adventure in joyous living.
Recovery has been a long and difficult journey, and it has most certainly been the challenge of a lifetime! It would be false to say that "I am finished," but I have made tremendous progress in my process of integration. 

I cut my teeth on church pews, but mental health education was pivotal in my ability to heal, and to discover God's good plans for my life. I didn't think homelessness looked like a very good plan, but the fact is, it was a very good plan! 

I have recently redefined my thoughts about my experiences. I have said many, many times that I am formerly homeless. 

The re-framed thought about that reality is that I have been prepared for the role of Homeless Recovery Coach and Mental Health Educator, Faith Edition.
The most empowering thing I have learned during my journey is this: I am not a basket case, I am not weak. I am not falling apart. I am a woman who is strategically engaged in an intentional process of healing. 

I am stronger than I could ever thought possible, but my strength is not my own. My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. The Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of my faith has carried me through my unexpected education in mental health and homeless recovery, and has made me an overcomer of great affliction and iniquity. 

I am weak, but He is strong, therefore I am strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might! 

You can probably tell that He is my hero, and I am fully devoted to sharing the story of the victories that can be obtained by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimonies.

I hope you will find comfort, education, and insight as you begin to explore the pages of God's Grace Notes. Thank you for taking the time to visit. 

I'm delighted to welcome you to my little corner of the world. 
Connie, Clara, and the rest of our Adventure Team,
Collectively known as Connie's House.
"Blessed be God,
 even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
 the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them 
which are in any trouble, 
by the comfort wherewith 
we ourselves are comforted of God."
 II Corinthians 1:3-4

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What Is Mental Illness?

As defined by The American Psychiatric Association: APA (c) All Rights Reserved. 

 "Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities" 

Mental Health
Involves effective functioning in daily activities resulting in productive activities (work, school, caregiving) healthy relationships 
ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity 

Mental Illness
Refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders — health conditions involving significant changes in thinking, emotion and/or behavior 
distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities 

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