Tag: friendship

Bringing Awareness – Recovery Through Friendship

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month. Voice and Vision, Inc. attended four events during September to share resources and stories of recovery.  Our ongoing work through programs like Compeer and CompeerCORPS and our Help and Hope Guide focuses on spreading awareness about mental health, substance use, and suicide with the hope people will get help and support when needed. Suicide is highly linked to mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, bipolar, and...

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Friendships – Celebrate Each Other!

International Friendship month is February 2022. What would we be without our friends? Britannica.com defines friendship as a state of enduring affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust between two people. People who are friends talk to each other and spend time together. They trust one another, celebrate important things, and are supportive during troubling times. Friendships are good for our health. They can prevent isolation and loneliness and provide a chance to offer needed companionship,...

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Never Underestimate the Power of Friendship – Carol and Mary

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year the main goal is to fight stigma, provide support, and advocate for support of people with mental health challenges and their families. A brief history about Mental Health Awareness Month. It has been observed in May in the US since 1949. The main purpose has always been to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses. Raising awareness nationally will help reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness today. Compeer...

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Compeer and CompeerCORPS: Adapting Programs to Meet People Where They Are—at HOME!

This blog was contributed by Olga Antonyuk, Compeer Program Director and Jonathan Bittner, CompeerCORPS Program Director In Delaware County, Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia serves people in the community with mental health challenges, and CompeerCORPS specifically focuses on the veteran community by making co-equal friendship matches for support, camaraderie, and quite simply, friendship. Both programs’ purpose and model thrive on human connection to combat isolation and loneliness. However,...

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The “Choose to be Happy” List

Sometimes life takes you where you don’t want to go. Life brought me to Philadelphia—a place I never wanted to live again. I spent a few years here as a young adult, but never felt very happy here. I started college here, but lost my way and dropped out. I remembered this as a place where I worked dreary jobs, had a hard time making friends, and felt as though everyone around me was moving forward while I wasn’t. I guess you could say Philly made me feel like a failure. So why would I want to...

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People Before Politics

I was reading the nicest book. It was written by a mother who is raising a young son with autism. As you might imagine, her life is challenging—but it is also joyful. And the insights she is gaining by looking at the world through her son’s eyes are enlightening and really beautiful. I found myself liking this lady. I was learning from her, from the experiences she’s having—experiences I will never have. I was underlining statements I thought I might like to quote in my own writing. I was enjoying...

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The Power of a Peer: How a Friendship is Changing the Way I See Myself

When my daughters were growing up, our family watched a lot of Disney movies. (And I do mean a LOT of Disney movies!) I’ve missed most of the newer ones in these years between children and grandchildren, but I was channel surfing one day when I happened upon Enchanted. It was just starting and it drew me in, so I kept watching. Like many Disney movies, this one includes a prince in its cast of characters. Although this prince is handsome and sings like an angel, he bumbles a bit and is not terribly...

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