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7 Ways to Give Back to the Community and Help Your Mental Health

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Recovering from mental illness is a major milestone in anyone’s life. Many people in treatment leave rehab or treatment centers with the desire to give back to the community or help others find the treatment they did. 

Giving back is not only a great way to find a new sense of purpose but offers real health benefits like reducing stress levels and improving your mental condition.(1)

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to find ways to help others when you’re only just starting your recovery journey. That’s why we’ve compiled seven great ways you can give back to your community while in recovery.

1. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community in a tangible way.(2) Whether you volunteer to work in soup kitchens, animal shelters, homeless shelters, or nature reserves, finding purpose in helping others can significantly improve your quality of life and overall happiness.

 

Many public organizations like libraries, community centers, and other charities are always looking for people who can lend a hand. By doing so, you get to see how your contributions make a difference in real-time.

2. Get Involved in Your Community

Whether you choose to get involved in the recovery community, spreading mental health awareness or get into community service working to clean parks and streets or remove graffiti, there are many ways to get positively involved in your community. 

 

Participating in community events, supporting small businesses, or finding ways to get others involved in the community as well––helping your neighbors and the people around you is a great way to give back.

3. Share Your Experience

If you have free time and are looking to give back, one of the best things you can do is share your experience of mental health treatment.(3) By telling your story and letting people know that finding help is possible, you could encourage others to seek professional help. Plus, reminding yourself of just how far you’ve come can be an excellent way to keep yourself encouraged and realize the difference recovery has made on your mental health.

4. Reach Out to Others in Need

If you know of someone else struggling with mental illness, you could give back to your community by reaching out and encouraging them to seek out treatment programs and centers where they can get professional assistance. Mental illness is a lonely condition. Finding someone who knows what you’ve been through and is willing to help you get treatment could change someone else’s life.

5. Become a Mentor

If you’re part of a mental health support group, becoming a mentor could be a great way to give back to your community. As a mentor and supporter, you can help newcomers find their feet, make friends, and find the determination to keep getting better. By being placed in a position where you must help others stay focused, you may find your own appreciation and dedication to recovery increasing.

6. Organize Awareness Events

One great way to feel good about giving back to the community is to organize mental health awareness events. 

 

Getting the community involved and helping educate them on the causes, signs, and ways they can help someone struggling with mental illness can greatly impact peoples’ opinions of people with mental conditions and their place in society. The more people who understand why these issues start and how to get help, the better the chance that others will be encouraged to seek treatment. 

7. Donate to a Worthy Cause

If volunteering or being social isn’t your thing, donating to a good cause is another excellent way to give back to your community. Whether you contribute to your local iop treatment center, homeless shelter, dog shelter, or orphanage, putting your money to use helping others is not just rewarding but an incredible way to make sure you’re helping others have a brighter future. 

 

Balance Treatment Center Can Help

If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness and would like to get treatment, Balance Treatment Center offers personalized programs and plans to fit your individual needs. Whether you require residential or outpatient treatment, Balance Treatment Center specializes in offering evidence-based therapies to help patients improve their mental health. For more information, contact our team at 855-414-8100 today.

 

Sources: 

 

  1. https://www.rtor.org/2019/04/19/volunteering-and-addiction-recovery/
  2. https://www.12keysrehab.com/7-ways-recovering-addicts-can-give-back-to-the-community/
  3. https://www.nvrap.com/giving-back-in-recovery/

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