I have gained strength from doing more on my own, and rebuilding my life. You really can’t plan your life. I also have began to look at my diversionary activities in my wellness tool box. I found Mary Ann Copeland’s WRAP book to be invaluable. I have written poetry since I was a little eight or nine year old girl. I don’t put anything, but my own experiences, but I know from experience that mental illness is really hard. I started to get better when I took WRAP class at NAMI. I have four WRAP certificates of completion. WRAP class is an eight session course offered once in the fall, and once in the spring. I recommend NAMI also. I volunteer with NAMI. Over the years I volunteered with NAMI, and I continue to stay in contact with the friends I made. I recommend the organization wholeheartedly. One of the nicer aspects of being a volunteer for NAMI is that they have quite a few NAMI affiliates throughout the country in North America. It gave me a safe place to volunteer over the years. I formed friendships at NAMI and NAMI gave me social supports. NAMI sometimes offers social anxiety workshops. They used to offer events for special needs children, and a safe space for kids too.

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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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