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Hi there! My name is Vered, and I’m one of the young people who have been involved in developing TurningPointCT.org. As someone in long-term recovery from depression and PTSD, I’ve been really excited about building this resource.
When I first went into the hospital and got a diagnosis and medication, I didn’t know about any resources other than talk therapy, meds, and hospitals (psych units). Nobody told me what was out there! It’s taken me seven years of networking to learn about all the different options available—each organization leading me to another, and another, and another…
But no one had a comprehensive list of everything that was available to let me get started right away. Very few people were able to give me advice on how to access services, apply for benefits, or find training programs. And the thing is, my experience wasn’t unique—all the other people my age I’ve talked to have had the same experience.
As if it wasn’t enough to deal with mental health and addiction issues—symptoms, relapses, remission—it’s another whole issue to navigate a system that is pretty disjointed! Believe it or not, there are people whose full-time job is to help us figure things out—but you have to know that help is out there so that you can ask for it, and you have to know who will be able to tell you.
So when I heard about this project, I knew I had to be part of it. This resource is everything I’ve been asking for since I got started seven years ago! I’m really excited to hear from you in these forums about who you are, what’s going on with you, how you’re dealing, and what we can do to make TurningPointCT.org better meet your needs.
So, who are you and what brings you here?
TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. We know what it’s like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. We’ve lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help.
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