My name is Alice Washington, and I’m an associate at CIBHS. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new CIBHS Blog, “Just saying …All About That Hope”. We hope to be unpredictable and innovative in our perspective. We are “All About That Hope” that was created in 2004 when the Mental Health Services Act was passed. This is a space to talk about all topics related to persons with lived experiences and their family members, whether dealing with mental health or substance use and abuse issues.
Our topics will explore recovery, wellness, systems and policies, the dynamics of feedback, and in some instances, we will provide snippets of history for those who are new to working in Behavioral Health systems to help them understand how important it is to listen and truly understand feedback. This is a place for sharing ideas, innovative thinking, testing these ideas with others, and getting people involved in a dialogue.
Because we want to involve you, in not only reading and commenting on our blog, we will accept suggestions for topics that you would like us to explore in future editions of the blog.
Just saying … the smell of physical exercise fills my lungs as I close the locker and head for the stairs. My fitness watch will accurately track my climb up the stairs. As the year progresses, the climb becomes easier and I breathe more freely.
As I climb, my mind becomes worried, but I am determined to reach my goal. I pray that at least one of my favorite exercise machines will be open. “Yes. One is available!”, I exclaim. I quickly adjust the settings of the open elliptical machine. I set my fitness watch and begin to move my legs and arms. My memory is fixed on the goal: run like heck to raise my heart rate and use the muscle enhancement feature to strengthen my muscles.
Lately, I have wondered whether I am still mentally ill. I think back to recent studies on the positive effects exercise has on the brain and how it decreases symptoms of mental illness.