Take Back Your Life from Mental Illness: Volunteer

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Take Back Your Life from Mental Illness: Volunteer

Mental illness messes with lives. It can make the basic tasks of living seem impossibly difficult, and it can interfere with relationships. Mental illness can even make it hard to find or maintain employment. If mental illness has disrupted your life, consider volunteer work to reclaim your life, your passions, and yourself.

It's not uncommon for people living with mental illness to become isolated and feel alone. Frequently, people hate this isolation and loneliness but have difficulty overcoming it thanks to symptoms, effects of stigma, and more. Here's why volunteering works to break free from the trap in which mental illness tries to keep you. Volunteering:

  • allows you to work toward mental health goals at your own pace. It's a safe way to step out.
  • involves action. Thoughts and emotions imprison. Taking action, doing something in spite of everything, is what lets you work past them.
  • builds routine. Mental illness can turn your world upside down. Having something regular to do at a set time, even if it's just once a month, helps you re-establish a routine.
  • provides a sense of purpose. Helping others often brings personal satisfaction and pride in having made a difference.

Interested in volunteering? Check local community centers, religious organizations, mental health organizations, humane societies, or other groups to discover opportunities

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: In what ways has doing volunteer work helped your mental health? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, February 1). Take Back Your Life from Mental Illness: Volunteer , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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