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Hello, Harrison!

Meet Harrison, Our Newest Staff Member at Connections Peer Support Center!

My name is Harrison Bryan. I started working at Connections Peer Support on February 14th, 2023. I was diagnosed with a mental health condition on June 18th, 2010, at the age of 22. My family and I were not ready for what would ensue. I started going into the mental hospital in June of 2010 believing I was Jesus H.arrison Christ. I had undergone a bout of drug induced Psychosis. In the years to come I had many more hospital trips alongside some hefty drug use.

It felt like I was in a never-ending manic episode. I had completely and utterly lost my identity. My thoughts wouldn't slow down, and the medication wouldn’t work. Starting in 2013 I wanted to get sober. So, after a minor episode of homelessness, I asked my mom if she’d let me stay with her if I tried to get sober. I would get a few months here and a few months there. I had a year and 9 months at one point. Fast forward to today, I have done a complete 180 regarding my mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual se

lf. I have been sober since September 19th, 2021.

I quit smoking cigarettes in October 2021. I quit drinking coffee and caffeine at the same time. I also quit using my vaporizer. Since January of 2022 I've been going to the gym routinely and have been working with my Personal Trainer for about 5 years now. I had a hospitalization in December 2021, and I finally got on the right medication after experimenting with it for 12 years. My life is better than it's been for a long time. My overall health is improving, along with my family’s, and I'm proud to say that I’m an uncle to a beautiful little baby boy named Benjamin.

For a number of years now I’ve wanted to give back and help people with mental health conditions like myself. I find that here at Connections Peer Support, I'm

able to help people with similar struggles to my own and they help me just as much. The people at Connections are kind, generous, and do what they can to help each other. It’s a positive environment that promotes socialization, optimism, and different types of support through peer support, meetings, and conversing with one another. I feel like I'm finally finding my purpose and believe I'm right where I'm meant to be.

Join us for a new group! - Mania - Tuesdays at 10:15 AM

This group is about the effects of mania on a person's well-being; how it affects a person's life, along with the effects it can have on family members and friends. Mania can be unpredictable, so we will discuss different ways we have found to cope with and manage mania when it does arise.

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