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Gary, Volunteer Mentor (@gman007)

Depression and alternative treatments

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Aug 28, 2018 | Replies (50)

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@georgette12

I just subscribed. I am identifying with the concept of emotional safety.
Re volunteering. .. That saves me from really bad times because I am out of the house and helping others. I volunteer as much as possible. Currently as a crisis advocate for victims of domestic violence/sexual abuse. That’s usually the field I end up working in for volunteer. Mental health crisis, suicide. That is very weird because I have suffered all my life with mental health issues. I have not experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, thank God. I do not find these jobs depressing although one would think I would.

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It is likely because you have personal experience that it does not have negative effects on you. I appreciate your willingness to take on the difficult task. My wife is a guidance counselor in a very low income elementary school and through years of experience, has learned to claim even the smallest victory to keep her sane and fulfilled. I came to the realization that I need to do the same because I am not likely to change anything world wide in my small circle. One reason I avoid the news most of the time because unless it is something where I can make a difference, I don’t need the negativity. I think I replied to another post, but we would love to hear you share some of your experiences.

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