My volunteer shift on friendly call

I had a good shift today on friendly call. There were 3 of us making the calls. One of the other volunteers might as well have not been there though, she was just chatting to the office staff, and not bothering to actually make calls, and then, when she did make a couple of calls, she only stayed on the phone about 1 minute with each client. Not good at all in my opinion, that is not how we were trained to make calls! When the receptionist challenged her, she said she felt overwhelmed, but really, there is no need to become overwhelmed, if you do the job right!
Anyway, i got on really good. I called about 30 people. Most of whom were in, and so I was able to chat to them. Most of them were doing good, having a pleasant afternoon, most of them had things they were doing or people visiting them for the afternoon etc. Which is what I like to see!
I spent around 2 hours making the calls. Trish who is the receptionist, she picked me up from my moms to bring me to the office today, and she also dropped me home afterwords. Very sweet of her to do that I think!
I’m extremely happy with how the shift went. I love busy afternoons!

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Friday update

I slept well last night, went to bed around nine. Slept really good thankfully.

Leaving to go volunteering in about 10 minutes, my friendly call shift the usual that I do on Friday afternoons.

I’m looking forward to doing my shift today. Looking forward to talking to all the lovely people that Are on my list to call.

I’m still at my parents house, will be staying here for the weekend. No plans for this coming weekend. Will probably go to my friend Norma’s house tomorrow, well I might, it depends on if she’s busy or not.

Anyway better go now, I’m being picked up in about five minutes. Catch you all later.

Question of the day

What is one thing you wish people knew about mental illness?

I wish people knew that we are normal people, just struggling to get by, we just happened to have a mental illness but we are Normal we are not psychopaths and we are not evil.

Back to the basement club

im thinking about going to the basement club later today. i havent been there in a few weeks.

the new staff started last week. I need to go meet them and get acquainted.

I am nervous to meet them. I have a lot of anxiety around it.

Im sure all of the members do though. Its not easy learning to trust new staff. The old ones were there for years.

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Video courtesy of summer shines studio and blog…

Summer shines blog is spreading awareness of suicide and mental illness, by writing hand written notes of inspiration, to let people know they are not alone in their struggles, watch her latest 9 minute film for more details.

UPDATE AFTER MY INSTABILITY LAST NIGHT

HI GUYS
THANKS ALL FOR THE SUPPORT LAST NIGHT. IT REALLY MEANT MORE TO ME THAN YOU KNOW. I REALLY TRULY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU. YOU’VE ALL BEEN AWESOME AND I CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR IT.
I AM FEELING MUCH BETTER THIS MORNING. I WENT TO BED NOT LONG AFTER WRITING THE POST LAST NIGHT. I COULDNT STAY AWAKE. I FELT EXHAUSTED. SO OFF TO BED I WENT. AND I SLEPT GREAT. I WOKE ONCE AT AROUND 3 AM BUT JUST GOT A DRINK AND SOME FRUIT AND WENT RIGHT BACK TO SLEEP AGAIN.
THIS MORNING I FEEL MUCH BETTER. BRIGHTER EVEN. I DONT FEEL EMOTIONAL. IM NOT FEELING LIKE I CANT COPE. I FEEL GOOD WHICH IS A NICE FEELING TO HAVE.
I’VE EATEN BREAKFAST. GOTTEN READY TO FACE THE DAY AHEAD. I HAVE PLANS TO GO TO NORMAS LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON.
MENTAL ILLNESS CAN BE A BITCH. BUT I AM BEATING IT. I AM MANAGING TO GET THROUGH. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU MY WP FRIENDS, WHO SUPPORTED ME IN DOING SO. I’D BE LOST WITHOUT YOU.
I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY. HAVE FUN NO MATTER WHAT YOUR DOING.
LIZ

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