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.

Watch one story here.

Watch a second one here.

Sunday Night 

Okay, this feels kinda weird. I’m looking forward to the MHDTP tomorrow. Up until now I’ve dread it each and every day - dreaded the emotional drain that becomes a very physical drain. But after last week, I’m excited. I’m excited about working through more stuff and really looking forward to that feeling of release/relief that comes after dealing with, and experiencing, my emotions. Yeah, I’m definitely up for another round of that!

 It’s interesting to note that the less I try to intellectualize the exercises, the more I let go of my need to understand the concepts and theory, the more I get out of them.

 Friday Night

This week I presented my Love Letter to myself. I wrote it as the Good Debi talking to the Bad Debi. I was able to really connect to my emotions and connected to that little girl, to the Good Debi. She’s never had a voice before. I realized and accepted that I have to care for her, love her, forgive her and be kind to her. I’m ready to do that. I look at myself differently now. I feel differently about myself. I feel compassion and forgiveness for myself.

I feel compassion and forgiveness for myself.

I’m done. I’ve completed my six weeks of the day treatment program! I am so very pleasantly surprised that it worked - it really worked for me! I had a lot of doubts; a lot of dark, hopeless days. I couldn’t understand how the groups, exercises and work were going to help me. I knew even before starting the program that my thinking was flawed that my self-image was very harsh and extreme. I was learning about anger, boundaries, stress management etc but it all seemed very text-bookish…it wasn’t helping me. In the beginning, sharing with the group wasn’t even helpful.

But, having the knowledge, learning about the skills and then slowing it all down so that I could first and foremost FEEL my emotions and then CONNECT with my emotions (connect them to the situation/circumstance and also to how I felt physically) and then finally using the skills I had learned. That was why it worked.

I have new skills, a new awareness, a new life.

The key for me is to slow it all down. Not to freeze, not to disassociate and not to run, but to slow it down; allow myself the space to examine my feelings and then implement my new skills. 

Accepting all my emotions is important. Not judging me is important. Being open and being mindful, staying in the moment and noticing what feelings arise and welcoming them, is very important. 

I’m looking forward to practicing my new skills. Yes, I actually need to practice. Right now none of this is automatic for me. I’ve spent 46 years of my life NOT allowing myself to experience my emotions so this is all new for me. I have new skills, a new awareness, a new life. 

Onwards and upwards!

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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