2-Minute Stories About the Program

"A place where people can come, and be, and their spirit revives."
The Mental Health Day Treatment Program is a place where adults living with a mental illness can enter into a place of safety.

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Finally!! I’ve been waiting and waiting for my name to come up for the six-week Mental Health Day Treatment Program (MHDTP) at Abbie Lane here in Halifax. Dr B (my psychiatrist) referred me six months ago.

Dr B believes the program will help me and I believe him. He and I have spent a lot of time together…he knows what’s going on inside my head better than anyone. He said “you won’t be able to get away with anything there like you do here with me.” I got the impression that he thought I wasn’t completely honest and forthcoming with him, that I was holding back.

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this treatment.

I wasn’t. Not intentionally. What I took from that warning was that the folks at Abbie Lane will be tough, that they will call me on it if they think I’m not being honest or if I’m holding back.

I have an appointment with a case coordinator Tuesday to discuss the program, to talk about where I’m at, to ensure the MHDTP is what I need and, if it is, to decide on a start date. I am excited and terrified both at the same time.

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this treatment. I was going to say that I’ve been putting my life on hold – waiting to do this program – but a truer statement would be that I’ve been using it as an excuse to not move forward – to avoid making commitments and maybe even as an excuse to not get well.

Five Days Later

My appointment with my case coordinator went well. She warned me that it will get worse before it gets better. If I “don’t get upset – it’s not working,” she told me. That certainly concurs with Dr B’s belief that therapy shouldn’t be cozy.

This weekend I need to write my life story (according to their outline of questions) and prepare a timeline of the major events in my life. Homework already!

The first two days are going to be visiting days for me at the MHDTP. I will attend the program but I don’t have to participate. It’s an opportunity for me to get acquainted with the program before I start the real work on Monday.

In my mind, I think I’ll manage without too much trouble but my stomach is telling me otherwise right now. It’s flipping and flopping and churning…making a huge racket.

About Debi Noye

Debi is a writer, a mental health consumer, and a suicide attempt survivor. As part of her recovery, she has found freedom in embracing her creative side (painting and creating mail art as well as writing), which allows her to be open and honest about living with a mental illness. Debi is passionate about playing an active role in the mental health community, not only as a consumer but also as a friend, resource, and advocate for other consumers. She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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