I know from personal experience that it is really hard to explain what it’s like to live with a mental illness.

I have lived with my mental illness since 1995. I was able to graduate from college and get a job at my alma mater Mercer County Community College as a Mentor in January 2016. I’ve been mentoring for a few years now. I enjoy mentoring so much. I have been doing a little better. I’m taking a new medication that is helping me. It’s a newer medication. I was taking Haldol because the advanced practice nurse that prescribed it thought maybe it would help with my voices. I hear voices and it’s really hard if my voices are mean and critical. NAMI has a hearing voices group now that I am going to try to get to one of these days. I have been involved with NAMI as a consumer for nine years almost ten years and to anyone who has a family member or a friend living with a mental illness make sure you see if you have a NAMI affiliate in your state and or surrounding town or city. NAMI is the best organization that I know of. I recommend NAMI for support groups, creating your own wellness recovery action plan and social groups for people 18 to 30 and 30 and over.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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