I desperately want to be a Mental Health Advocate. I am doing what I can now, but I want to do it in a full-time, almost professional type level. Apparently, it isn’t enough to just have experience with an illness. I ran across Mental Health First Aid. I thought this would be a perfect thing for me to do, to teach about mental health first aid. Sure, I would go to some classes to learn the basics of it, and then I could teach or hold some seminars here locally.
The idea of it all was great! Until I read through the website and application. You have to have experience with teaching adults (I don’t, only kids). You gotta have money; you have to pay for the seminar (over $1,000) plus your travel, and lodging, and whatever else is required. Of course there are no classes even in my STATE! I found this site through NAMI, which should have set off some bells and whistles for me, but I was hoping. Don’t get me wrong, NAMI is great, but it seems that they are really good at asking for donations, even from the patients!
I need to figure a way to achieve what I want to do. All the things they (places I have looked at for how to be an advocate) suggest to do is all at a governmental level, nothing at a local or personal level. I should have went to college right out of high school and achieved my dream. It is too late in the game now for me to get a docterate and it to be of any use. I would well be into my 60’s before I could do anything and probably in a mountain of debt. Hahahahahah