Today is Mental Health Awareness Day. It’s my honor and pleasure to introduce Aaron Troutman who’s serving as guest blogger and is also a Miracle Clubhouse Member. Miracle Clubhouse is a warm safe environment for those who are suffering with mental illness. The clubhouse assists people further their education, find employment and become socially engaged. Learn more about the Miracle Clubhouse today.
Miracle Clubhouse Guest Blogger for Mental Health Awareness Day – May 10, 2017
Before the Clubhouse, I had no place to go during the day, and I had no structure, and no interaction, and no quality of life. But for the past 5 plus years since the Clubhouse has been open I have all those things and my quality of life has gone way up as a result. Now I come to the Clubhouse 2 days a week and work the reception desk and it is a lot of fun. I interact with a lot of interesting people all day long and I have made some great friends at the Clubhouse. And to me the Clubhouse is a family.
Because of the stigma of mental illness, I have family who doesn’t have anything to do with me and the only family I have in Dayton is my mom, so the Clubhouse pretty much is my support system. At Clubhouse, we celebrate holidays together. We also have a Clubhouse van and we have a social each month and we take the van and go places together and we have a lot of fun. We have also had Clubhouse members get married, and we attended their wedding as a Clubhouse. Also we have had members die, and we attended the funerals as a Clubhouse.
I also enjoy getting to know the new members and hearing their stories. Everyone has a story and mentally ill people are some of the most interesting people I have ever met. The Clubhouse has also built me up, it has built up my self confidence and self esteem; they have both gone way up since I started attending. And I was taught that hope is the one thing necessary for recovery, and my hope has gone way up since I started attending. And I am the one who named the Clubhouse, “Miracle” and miracles happen at the Clubhouse on a regular basis, and In the 5 plus years that the Clubhouse has been opened I have seen a lot of miracles happen with the members.
The Clubhouse is a great program; it changes lives, it has changed my life. There is nothing else like it, and I don’t know where I would be at today without it.
Sincerely, Aaron Troutman