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Your Story: This semester at ReDiscover there will be a new group specifically directed towards members of the LGBTQI+ community and towards allies of the community. I will be working with Amanda and be peer leading the group myself. The focus of this group will be support and education. This will be a place for people to tell their stories, hear about others, learn to support those in their lives who may already be or come out as a part of the LGBTQI+ community, find resources, and much more. Most importantly, this is a group for people to feel safe to be themselves.
I was very excited when I found out this group would be happening. I have done plenty of research into what I want it to be about and how I want to help others through the group. I already have numerous ideas for weeks to come. And I have my allies who already have told me they would support me by attending the group.
When I first starting coming to ReDiscover, I had a lot on my mind. I deal with a lot of anxiety and get pretty paranoid sometimes. It took me a long time to get out of my shell, and a long time to get out of the 'closet' here. I referred to my partner as my "fiancé" because people don't put too much thought into hearing that. People in general tend to hear what they want to hear. A few times I have heard some negative comments about LGBT persons, thankfully they were never directed towards me or anyone else. Those times I was mortified. I felt very alone. At the time I wasn't really aware of too many other clients attending that were a part of the LGBTQI+ community. I had no peers to talk with about how they have handled those situations. No peers to just talk with and not feel so alone, or foreign.
Fast forward to today, I came out of my shell, and closet. I made a lot of friends, and many of them are allies. I still have anxiety but if I'm doing this, then obviously I'm doing something better. I see this group as part of my recovery. Doing this helps me get to where I want to go in life. I want to help people. I want to make people feel better about themselves and life. There are so many aspects of us that make us who we are. Being a part of the LGBTQI+ community is part of it for some of us. That is beautiful. Just like your talents make you beautiful. Like your beliefs make you beautiful. Like your words, though I know a couple of you doubt this about yourselves, are beautiful. Everything that makes you who you are is beautiful. You shouldn't be ashamed of it. This group is here to give you a place where you don't have to worry about what others think. Anyone coming to this group should only be doing so out of understanding and compassion, there is a zero-tolerance rule for any hateful behavior or words. I am very excited to see how this all starts out.
(Sent via ReDiscover MH Blog)
"ReDiscover has helped me for about 5 years now and has helped me through crazy life situations and without it, I don’t know where I’d be. My first experience at ReDiscover was with my therapist now, and I remember feeling heard and valued. I remember feeling like I had a voice and that I mattered, my feelings mattered. I had never truly felt that before. If I had not found ReDiscover, everything in my life would be different. I’d feel silenced, alone, put-off, ReDiscover has helped me through my brother’s death, my daddy issues, relationship issues, everything. This place is changing lives and changing hearts. Everyone’s challenge is different. No one will truly understand your story/struggle, but when you have a listening ear and an open heart, it changes everything. I lost my 12 year old brother at 12, and my therapist knew him. When I was broke, beat down, and struggling my therapist was here to build me up and put my pieces back together. I value ReDiscover."