Earlier in the month, I expressed interest in becoming a Peer Recovery Specialist, although I might have mistakenly referred to it as a Peer Support Specialist. Unfortunately just after reaching out to the Mental Health Alliance (MHA) in Delaware, I was teetering on relapse. Well now that the great community of Twitter came to my rescue and made it possible for me to obtain the proper medication, I am back on an even keep so I reached back out to MHA and I can restart this process.
My eventual goal is to go to grad school to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We need mental health professionals that are not only able to talk the talk, but actually struggle with mental health themselves. Somebody that understands mental illness academically and intimately is much better equipped to help others that are currently struggling with their mental health. A person that does not experience mental illness themselves will never be able to truly understand the challenges of managing the symptoms beyond the academic standpoint.
At 43, I am also starting to really consider the rest of my life right now and I cannot stomach going back to the career in information technology that I spent most of my adult life in. The thought of going back to the corporate information technology world is positively nauseating. If you work in infrastructure, you’re only noticed when things go south. If you’re a software engineer, you walk on water. HINT: It’s the infrastructure women and men that ensure the software engineer has something reliable and stable to work on. But the c-suite types see IT infrastructure as a liability rather than a contributor to the overall functioning of a corporation.
Okay, rant is over. When I get telephone call from Shannon, this time I will be mentally healthy enough to follow through and really go down this path. It is something I want very badly to do. I want to be an advocate for somebody who needs an ally; somebody who needs someone to pinch hit for them!