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Success Stories

Life is Good

Date: September 20, 2021Author: MHA
Life is Good

Daily life can be a challenge for anyone, let alone someone with a mental health issue. Most of my life, I was struggling with mental illness, addiction and the results of making bad choices and being in abusive relationships. Going through that journey was so lonely, but deep down, I knew I wanted to do better for myself.

Once I met my counselor and started getting the help I needed, I realized I was a strong, independent woman. I became determined to get well. I have been sober for five years, I’m working as a hairdresser to support myself, and I have my own apartment in Morristown. I’m 43 years old and this is the first time I’ve ever lived on my own!

Once a month, I go to the Mental Health Association and give clients free haircuts because that’s what I can do to give back. I cut hair… that’s my skill set. So that’s what I do for others who are still in what was my situation… homeless and struggling with mental illness. It’s a little thing but I think it’s important for people to feel better about themselves.

I want people to know that what MHA says is true… mental illness is real, but more importantly, recovery is possible. I am living proof.

It’s just amazing to me how much I’ve accomplished with their help. Life is good… Life is really good!