EVENING the frayed edges: Ripples of Recovery is the second anthology of
personal narratives from writers who wish to present to you, the reader,
your friends, relatives, co-workers, and to healthcare professionals, our
stories of mental health experience, and the milestones in our recovery.
We chose the theme of Ripples of Recovery for this second collection
of stories in recognition that mental health and mental illness are not
experienced in isolation. It may seem at times that our actions are our
own, yet the truth is, when we are well or not well, what we do ripples
through the lives of others. Bearing that in mind can be an impetus to
begin the path of Recovery.
The stories reflect what we know about mental health: that each person
is unique and has the individually appropriate answers to their needs;
the challenge is to be looking for the right questions, especially from
caregivers and our supporters, and trust in the process of change and
growth through self awareness.
We are complex beings, and as such, applaud the recent movements
to revisit the underlying belief of our medical systems that disease and
illnesses arise from a discreet source.
We hope that you enjoy and learn from our stories. Telling them to you
helps us to know that what we have learned can be shared, and send
Ripples of Recovery out to the community at large. Please share them with
your circles, too.