Personal & Professional Growth

I have been so fortunate to work at Riverbend with a great group of people. They are knowledgeable, dedicated, honest and genuinely care about our mission here. I’ve had opportunities and support to grow personally and professionally. I feel appreciated and valued by my supervisor and co-workers, and my confidence in myself and my capabilities have improved. The skills I learn will assist me in many parts of my life moving forward and I couldn’t be any more grateful!
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Appreciated by my supervisor

I work with a GREAT and very supportive team. I feel appreciated by my supervisor, my team, and by many other people who work here and at other agencies that we work in coordination with. Riverbend is a great place to work. They provide the support you need to gain experience and even expertise in your field. You can ask anyone for help at any time. You can be creative in your approach and be accepted and appreciated for what you bring to the company. When I go home at the end of the day, I know I’ve made a difference because I have helped someone make a positive change that they can recognize.
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Feeling of accomplishment

I start my day with a cup of coffee, and I end it with a smile and a feeling of accomplishment. Some days can be challenging, but there is always a willing ear to listen. At Mill House we use a team approach which is wonderful, and together we can move mountains. I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received from my supervisors and co-workers…this is truly an inspiring place to be!
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Community Support Program/Pillar House

I could never be where I am today without the assistance of Riverbend. The most difficult part of my recovery has been accepting the fact that I have a mental illness; I fought it for years. Even now, from time-to-time, I question it. I want so badly not to be a person who has bipolar disorder; but I do. My illness has been in remission for a couple of years. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get where I am today. With the loving support of my family—and the help of many professionals—I have learned, grown and achieved. I hope to continue to broaden my horizons. Riverbend is a vital component in the lives of many people. They offer assistance that cannot be found any where else. I have only words of praise for Riverbend.
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InShape Program

I am writing this letter to support the continuation of the In-Shape program at Riverbend. This program has helped me tremendously. Before I got into the program I was depressed, psychotic, loss of self esteem and did not have hope for the future. One day I was sitting in the Pillar House waiting room and saw a display of pamphlets for the In-Shape program, so I took one. I met with my therapist that day and she encouraged me to pursue it. I have been on an upward trend ever since. I was lucky enough to get a health mentor, Rose Eaton, who is wonderful. My self esteem has improved a lot and I feel energized every time I work out. I feel now that my life is worth living. Eric Marsh, I believe, has taken this program and turned it into a better life style for many Riverbend clients. He has done a great job. Please consider the continuation of this program. Thank you.
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Twitchell

I would like to express my appreciation of the intelligent, compassionate and creative care that you, Sally and the other staffers provided for my sister. It was her home and her village. When we needed help or support in our efforts to care for her or to help her make healthier choices you and the staff gave us good advice. I felt that all of the clients staying at Twitchell, were an amazing example of how very diverse community of people can co-exist and thrive. Every dollar that Riverbend and Twitchell received was stretched to do double the amount. The citizens that Twitchell and Riverbend serve are very vulnerable to exploitation and degradation. Twitchell gave her a strong sense of personal being, and a sense of being valued, despite her illness. Thank you so much.
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Confronting Stigma

Confronting Stigma: Combating prejudice and discrimination through hope and education Stigma, or the stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination associated with having a mental illness, has negative consequences for us all. Despite very effective treatments, many people do not seek help due to these negative associations. The most current research shows that contact with a person who is successful in managing a mental illness is the most effective way to reduce stigma. This project tells the stories of people who are successfully living their recovery efforts, as well as the state-of-the-art practices of the many professional who are working to reduce stigma. If you have a story or some thoughts to share, as consumer, family member or professional, please contact us at development@riverbendcmhc.org. Thank you for reading our stories.
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Moody Blues

I came to Riverbend Mental Health Center, like a wild raccoon in search of its next meal. In my effort to spurn the illness that had come to derail me, I’d felt gun-shy and helpless. I’d been “around the block” a few times more than were good for me. Diagnosed with what is now called Bipolar disorder, my thoughts and feelings were more troublesome than not, and yet eventually I would come to take on all of that which opposed me, and to do so with vigor; but for the time being, the saying, “patience is golden,” danced before my eyes like a tuft of whirling snow. The path ahead was obscure and too rock-strewn for easy travel. At that time, the severity and rate of my symptoms seemed to prohibit all remedy: no matter how hard I tried I could not bring about my own wellness. One therapy would end and another begin, and then another. The Magic-Bullet-Med would be found one day, and then lost the next; with ruthlessness and cunning, I’d seek freedom from the demons that sought to ruin me, only to have that freedom snapped up in a turtle’s mouth; I’d try to befriend those
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