My story matters because I matter – Brene Brown

After struggling to come up with a good way of introducing interested community partners to the participants at Robin’s Hope while preserving the participant’s privacy, we have arrived at this idea for a monthly blog/newsletter/social media post.  Participants will be invited to share their answers to a set of questions.  They will pair their story with an image that represents them.  This way everyone can share in what we are doing at Robin’s Hope and have a chance to celebrate the amazing folks that hang out with us each week.

I am a mess and not a hero. The suicide of a child will do that to almost anyone. At Robin’s Hope I am learning resilience skills. God had a plan for my life or I wouldn’t be on Earth. Without Robin’s Hope I’d stay in bed all day drinking beer. I’d be a victim of people’s whims and desires.

With Robin’s Hope I constantly can learn there are no quick ways to get out of a deep lonely chasm. Multiple traumatic circumstances as a child would have shortened by life span by 20 years. My family of origin cannot help me because they have to take care of themselves. This is realistic.

However, being an outcast almost turned me into an outlaw. Robin’s Hope has arrested the outlaw part of me as I learn an identity to live with and heal from trauma. Isolation would kill my generosity of spirit, and I would be bitter. I am responsible for learning to be accountable for my actions. Mental health care has limits. I’ve been in the hospital four times in 4 years here in VA. Please support Robin’s Hope and help us heal and share.

Carrie G. (and Firefly)

How did you first hear about Robin’s Hope?  What does Robin’s Hope mean to you now?

I had a friend that brought me to Robin’s Hope after I disclosed to her that my son had died by suicide. 

Robin’s Hope, to me, means friendship.

What is one memory of Robin’s Hope that stands out or one accomplishment you have made that stands out for you?

Building trust that allowed me space to truly open up.

What is your favorite group (or most impactful)?  Why?

The RISE groups because they help me to think about how trauma has affected me and how to strengthen my resiliency skills.

What makes Robin’s Hope unique?

It’s very interactive and you are able to take on different roles in different groups.

What motivates you to come back to Robin’s Hope every week?

It works.

It helps me to shift my behavior and attitudes in another, better way. I have learned when to back down and when to self-advocate in various areas of my life.

What does the saying “Take your drama to the trauma llama” mean to you?

Nobody is on any kind of pedestal at Robin’s Hope, including myself. Engaging with peers to help reduce catastrophic thinking and improve resilience.