OC87 Recovery Diaries produces and posts an original mental health video every month. The films we create cover what it’s like to live with many different diagnoses including schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, addiction, Asperger’s syndrome, and borderline personality disorder.
We’re always looking to other creators around the internet for inspiration as we seek to #buststigma about mental illness. This post is a round up of depression videos on YouTube that have us feeling educated, moved, and empowered to continue sharing mental health recovery stories. (more…)
Another year has come to an end. I have to say that this is one of the quickest years I’ve experienced in my lifetime. Many people I’ve spoken with have felt the same way. I’m not sure why people are experiencing this phenomenon but so be it. One thing is for certain: the world is going thorough great change now. There is an upheaval that is present. Mass shootings, conflicts overseas, and a race for the White House in America that is causing controversy like we’ve never seen in history.
This all has to be weighing heavily on the minds and mental well being of everyone. We here at OC87 Recovery Diaries recognize that. We know that life can often be unsettling and tumultuous. That is why we want to be the place that people can turn to for moments of inspiration, growth, and hope. It’s that hope that all of our brave writers have given us this year and in 2016, we will bring you more stories of courage and resilience.
As this year closes, however, I want to thank our excellent staff who has dedicated themselves to shining a light on people’s recovery journeys in a way that has been both informative and compelling. This is truly a team effort!
While we look forward to a new year, it’s also a good idea to pause and reflect. We asked our team to share the OC87 Recovery Diary posts from 2015 that had the most significance for them. We hope these pieces resonated with you as well. In addition, we asked our staff to recommend a book or play or mental health interest that captivated them or will be of interest to them in 2016.
Finally, we are presenting our top five viewed posts of the past year.
On behalf of the OC87 Recovery Diaries team, I want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a joyous new year!
Editor in Chief
HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON is a new documentary film about an intimate beauty parlor inside of the Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health facility in Northwest Philadelphia run by NHS Human Services.
The Hollywood Beauty Salon is run by Rachel “Hollywood” Carr Timms. Staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery — openly discussing their mental health issues but also refusing to be defined by their diagnoses. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives.
Rachel is truly the soul of the salon. She is a Recovery Guide and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner who uses her own journey with mental health challenges to connect with — and advocate for — her clients.
Rachel has been on her own since high school. She has fought to overcome depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. Her commitment to recovery began when her daughter, Cadence (now 15 years old), was born. Her story anchors the film, just as she anchors the Hollywood Beauty Salon.
More often than not, mental health workers are anonymous players in any story about mental health recovery. Understandably, words like “strength” and “courage” are reserved for people who struggle daily with mental health issues, striving to improve their lived experience.
This post salutes a team of men and women who work at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), a private, not-for-profit, psychiatric hospital in West Norriton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
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Hello 2015! We at OC87 Recovery Diaries warmly embrace a new year full of new ideas, new stories and new opportunities for growth and recovery.
But before we move on too quickly, we thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the top posts from 2014 that resonated the most with our readers. Here are the five most popular posts from the past year followed by a reflection on what worked in 2014 for each OC87 Recovery Diaries team member.