Letter: For mental health it’s important to have hope

Published 8:30 pm Friday, June 21, 2024

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In terms of mental health, hope is particularly significant. It might be simple to lose ourselves in unfavorable emotions and ideas while we are dealing with mental health issues. We could feel hopeless, overwhelmed and despairing. But when we cling to hope, it can be an effective remedy for healing.

Research has shown that hope can have a positive impact on mental health in several ways:

• Reduces stress and anxiety: Hope can act as a buffer against stress and anxiety by providing a sense of optimism and the belief that things will get better.

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• Improves coping skills: People who have hope tend to have better coping skills and are more resilient in the face of difficult or challenging situations.

• Enhances motivation: Hope can also increase motivation by providing a sense of purpose and direction.

• Increases life satisfaction and overall well-being: People with a hopeful outlook tend to have better mental and physical health, and greater overall well-being.

• Promotes healing and recovery: In the context of mental illness, hope is considered as a key element of recovery and treatment. It gives people the motivation to participate in therapy and to stick with treatment, which can be beneficial in managing symptoms and promoting healing.

Peer-run respite facilities can provide hope as an alternative to hospitalization for people experiencing a mental health crisis. They are warm, safe and supportive home-like places to rest and recover when more support is needed than can be provided at home. Peer-run respite facilities offer stays for up to seven days and provide an open-door setting where people can continue their daily lives. Trained peers work with individuals to help them overcome their mental health issues.

It’s clear that hope has a positive impact on mental health and well-being. For hope to happen, there needs to be a peer-run respite facility available for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Currently there are no peer-run respite facilities in the Winona area.

I would like to change that. If you are interested in establishing a peer-run respite facility, stop by the Peer Support Network (PSN) at 420 E. Sarnia St., Winona, Friday’s from 11 a.m. til 1 p.m. to discuss how to make a peer-run respite facility a reality. Also, I may be reached by email at gottahavehope38@gmail.com or by letter at 559 W. Broadway St., Winona, MN. 55987.

Mark Jacobson
Peer support specialist