• Ben R

Knee Deep in Mental Health

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

I've fully come to except this week that if I'm to become a speaker on mental health, I definitely need to manage self-care for myself!

After several weeks of "just existing" during this pandemic, I have delved deep into the mental health world during May, which is mental awareness month.

It began last week when I sat in on a webinar that had experts discussing stress and isolation with mental illness during this pandemic. As I wrote in one of my previous blogs, I knew it was time for me to work on pushing forward with the world of mental health. I had only intended to view additional series of webinars through the remainder of this month, but low and behold I had completely blown off an opportunity to build my portfolio towards speaking. Well, to be honest, I hadn't completely blown it off, I think I just was uncertain if I wanted to move forward with something.

So what was it you are probably asking at this point?

I'm not an idiot. I realize that it's highly unlikely that anyone will just start paying me to be a speaker without some credential behind my name. Right? I mean, it's possible, but I'm definitely not going to hold my breath!

If you have been following my blog, you will know that when I had originally started to volunteer with NAMI, I was focused on becoming a speaker. Of course I did a couple of presentations last month for them and gained some experience. Well, I had also around that time said that I was interested in taking a mental health first aid class and maybe becoming a peer support specialist.

I have to say it was a blessing in disguise, because I received an email this past Friday from one of the coordinators, asking me if I was still interested in signing up for a Zoom class this week for volunteer peer support specialists. Obviously, I had to make a quick decision that day. I asked for some information as I could not for the life of me find the occasional emails the coordinator had sent out previously. Given that I've had a lot of free time and truth be told, I have wanted to expand and learn during this gift of time, I signed up.

It's a five day class for 4 hours each day this week. It's been interesting so far. Now I know the word "interesting" has a lot of connotation to it, so first let me share with you my thoughts.

  1. Video Courses - As I've said before,