Achieving stability with mental health challenges
DJ Moser of Blaine, Minnesota is a great example of how hard work in tandem with community services through Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute can change lives for the better for people dealing with mental health challenges.
Moser was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 1996. Since then, she has struggled to work, raise her children, and live her life while juggling a host of medications, as well as numerous therapists, psychiatrists and counseling appointments. An adult nurse practitioner for more than a decade, Moser was forced to give up her career due to her struggle with severe depression. She also deals with chronic pain that limits her mobility.
After years of struggle, in April 2012, Moser became a client in Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS).
ARMHS works with clients who have a mental health diagnosis along with a brain injury or other physical disability. ARMHS’ specialists help clients work to regain the skills they need to effectively manage their mental health with a goal of improving their independence and community involvement. They meet clients in their homes or other locations to provide skills training and support clients until all their goals are met. The time spent with the ARMHS specialist varies from client to client, and typically decreases as personal goals are achieved.
“When I first started working with DJ, she had just come out of a recent hospital stay,” said Shannon Campbell, ARMHS specialist with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Her sessions included Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) curriculum. Moser learned recovery and self-management skills and strategies for dealing with her symptoms.
Part of her motivation to maintain her stability comes through a desire to give back to others. Moser is now a certified peer support specialist through a program of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. While looking for a paid position, she volunteers as a mentor for others dealing with mental illness. She is also a member with the Anoka County Mental Wellness Board and has given talks about her struggle with mental illness.
Now, a year-and-a-half later, Moser is coming to the end of her ARMHS involvement.
She is able to fill her days working, doing things she enjoys such as spending time with friends, attending concerts, taking trips as well as painting and beading.
“My goal is to maintain stable mental health and to be able to use the tools I’ve learned to stay out of the hospital. Part of maintaining my mental health includes advocating for and supporting myself and others who struggle with mental illness,” she says. “I’m motivated to stay well and help others.”