Most people in today’s work force don’t enjoy what they do, many times it’s just a job to pay the bills and put a roof over their head. In my case that is not the situation, I currently work as a Program Director for 3 residential homes for adults with mental illnesses. I began this career 10 years ago following the loss of a very close friend to suicide. I felt that had he had someone to reach out to during his time of despair that maybe he would not have chosen to take his own life. I now understand the cycle of mental illness and the symptoms that a person experiences and realize that saving someone is a grandiose thought and is not factual.
My goals have always been to provide support to my clients. That can be displayed in many ways from my physical presence at the programs or being the on call support to them during a crisis. I have been that support historically, and my greatest achievement has been to hear, “Thank you for listening to me” from a client.
If I could be there for just one person in their time of need then I feel as if I have done my part to make the world a better place. Providing support to just one person, and that person doing the same things for another person may just make this world a better place to live, provide a better understanding and care for others.