TIMB Elkins Park - Nicholas Emeigh - blog post
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Nick Emeigh and I live in Croydon, PA. I work for NAMI (the National
Alliance on Mental Illness) Bucks County, PA doing outreach and development which
consists of website and social media management, print and web advertising, event planning, and fundraising. I work to ensure that everyone knows that NAMI’s mission
of education, advocacy and support is known by everyone in our community, and that
we are a free and reliable local mental health resource. I also speak for our Ending the
Silence program which visits middle and high schools where I share my lived
experience and journey to recovery thereby letting students know that it’s okay to not
be okay, but it’s not okay to stay that way. There is help, there is hope, and recovery
from mental illness is possible, especially when treated early. I facilitate our
Connection Recovery Support Group in Yardley, and I help to answer our NAMI
Helpline. I live to help people to avoid the hardships I’ve faced and spread hope. I
love to read, listen to music, write poetry, work out at the gym, and watch
documentaries when I get the time.
2. How has mental illness affected your life?
Mental illness has been the best and worst thing that’s ever happened to me. It was a
real struggle in the beginning, and I was so ashamed and hopeless that I attempted
suicide more than once. I allowed stigma to keep me from receiving treatment or
sticking with treatment because I was afraid I’d be perceived as weak or less-than. I
turned to substances like drugs and alcohol to help me to cope with the shame and
symptoms, and that just made everything worse and ruined my self-esteem and
reputation. Once I was brave enough to seek treatment with the help of my family, I
began to thrive in recovery. I now help people just like me through NAMI, and
having that sense of purpose has been wonderful for my recovery and self-worth.
3. Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I believe, as you do, that #StorytellingSavesLives and This Is My Brave is the perfect
next step for me as a speaker for NAMI Ending the Silence. I shatter the stigma
around mental illness every day by letting students know that a good life is possible
while living with a mental health condition, and no matter how bad things may get,
there is always hope, and things do get better. I believe that talking openly about
mental illness and suicide can and will prevent others from feeling the shame,
loneliness, and despair I felt when I began having symptoms of Schizoaffective
Disorder. I fully support the mission of This Is My Brave, and would be honored to
share my story with this platform to help others #LiveBrave!
4. What inspires you to get or stay mentally healthy?
I have a lot of people to help, and I can’t do that if I’m mentally unhealthy. Mental
health is an integral part of physical health, and at one point I had neither and
couldn’t function. I lost everything. I don’t want to lost the friendships, relationships,
goals and dreams that I lost before, so I maintain good mental health to maintain a
good, balanced life. Living well is my inspiration to stay mentally healthy while living
with a mental health condition.
5. What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
At the end of the show, I hope the audience leaves knowing that it is possible to live a
good life and be a good person who does great things while living with mental illness.
I hope they fully understand that even in the darkest times, there is ALWAYS hope,
there are always people helping, there are always people who care. In times where they
can’t find hope or those people helping, I hope they know that there are people
reaching out and trying to find them. And most of all, I want everyone to know how
much they truly matter.
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Please share this post with friends and family in the Elkins Park area. We're all affected by mental health and addiction issues, and the more we can support each other, the easier it will be for people to seek help. This Is My Brave is proof that Storytelling Saves Lives.