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T.B’s Journey Journey to Wellness, Age: 24

Don't push help away because you're scared.. take it because you know there is more to life than a mental illness, an addiction or a bad relationship.

What have you struggled with? When did it become too much?

I have struggled with healthy relationships, mental illness & trauma from my younger years, and making choices that weren’t in the best interest of myself. It became too much when I focused on every single thing but myself, and I turned into this terrifying person who was just not me.

What kind of support did you get at first? Did it work?

I felt as though no one truly knew what it was that I was trying to do or get through, but now I realize that my family and friends just wanted me to be happy and when I wasn’t happy I just didn’t believe I was supported.

Were there any turning points where things really started to change for the better?

I moved to CT from Maine, after facing homelessness and feeling alone… I could not take any more hurt. I had been in a bad relationship and knew that if I wanted any chance of living a normal life.. now was the only time I had.

What’s your life like now? What have you been able to accomplish, and what are you working towards?

My life has taken a complete 180. I am more focused, I am in a healthy, loving relationship, I have an amazing support system and I am generally just a happy person. Although there are still tough days, those tough days are manageable when before.. they weren’t. Today, I am in training and orientation for the first statewide Young Adult Warmline that is launching in October, I work closely with peers who are also in recovery, and everyday I get opportunities to do what I love to do.

What would you say to people who are having a tough time? What’s helped you that you wish you had known earlier

I would tell people who are having a hard time to seek recovery and live a life that can full. Before, I wasn’t living up to my potential. Now, I can honestly say there is a purpose in my life. Don’t push help away because you’re scared.. take it because you know there is more to life than a mental illness, an addiction or a bad relationship. There is so much help out there.