Thank you, oh thank you for this! I don’t know how I’ve missed knowing about things like your program, like this website, like these people here who actually understand! Well, no, I do know how–in the thirteen years since I got off psychotropic drugs and began a “real life” I have assiduously avoided anything connected with mental illness, the mental health system, consumers, survivors, or anything else wearing an even remotely mental-health-related label. It must be time for me to reconnect, because I keep getting blown away by the stuff I’m reading here on MIA since I joined a few weeks ago. I find myself crying–full-on head-on-the-table alarms-the-dogs sobbing–with nearly every blog post. How different might my life have been if I had found a “place to be accepted, to find [my] gifts, and participate in the community”? It doesn’t matter, of course, because my life has been as it has been and I have learned a tremendous amount from it. I wouldn’t change a thing…but oh, I would welcome a community where I could talk about my experience and share my grief and pain and also my hard-won wisdom. Places like that seem to be pretty thin on the ground around here where I live. Guess I’ll just keep reading 🙂 But anyhow, Thank You. Thanks for caring, for understanding, for making a difference.