Starting without hope in a severe mental crisis.
I never imagined I´d be happy again; I began without hope in a severe mental crisis! I had given up on ever going out with friends. Most of the time, I was morbidly obese, extremely unhealthy, tired, and unhappy. I didn´t like the psychiatric industry and saw all therapy as a means of making money. I have no idea who I was during my most difficult days because I never felt like myself; I couldn´t face it.
I was having a severe mental crisis and was afraid of having a breakdown because of my daughter´s suffering and the family´s situation. Going shopping exhausted me and caused guilt because I had a small piece of joy. I turned down almost every invitation to go out.
A prevalent misconception is that a person who is suffering relies on a family member for support. In my situation, it was exactly that, and I had given up on myself. However, I detested how my daughter´s disease controlled me and us, how I was unable to stop worrying, how I was unable to find any solace, how my thoughts were spinning out of control, and how I genuinely experienced a personal mental crisis.
From outside to inside with Minplan
Then, by chance, I discovered Minplan in the Appstore. The only thing that drew me in was the phrase “evidence-based”; But I didn´t believe it even then. I signed up out of desperation, but I felt flat and began with no hope. I didn´t think I could get any assistance. I quickly discovered that I was completely wrong!
I used the website´s onboarding program before starting with Minplan. Preparing my network, observing how the methods work, and receiving a sample of valuable items were all very active and beneficial. But, of course, and cleverly, this was also helping to mentally prepare me for the journey I was about to embark on. Because I had such a long way to go, it felt like I was preparing to climb a mountain!
So I discovered Minplan and started working on my coping strategies, and after a few weeks, I was sleeping a little better. In addition, I worked on my breathing and attempted to stay connected to my network.
Backed by science
The method is known as safety planning, and it is based on scientific research; many articles about Minplan can be found in the library. According to what I´ve read, Minplan is being tested in a variety of settings and with a variety of different target groups. This information gives me confidence in the solution.
Furthermore, I now understand what happens inside my body when I mentally overload, and I base my decisions on accurate facts.
Getting the power back
I used to remember breathing and doing yoga whenever I felt like it, which was almost never. I now go to my local gym twice a week and do spinning. I do it for myself, to reclaim my power. I´ve also started volunteering with a local walking group, and we go for walks every weekend. I now enjoy visiting my friends and discussing my situation at home with them.
So, how am I doing today? Most days, I have more energy, and I am content! I adore my daughter, and her illness is not a burden to me. I can help her while also living my own physical and mental life! Life is fantastic! I no longer feel guilty, and I feel completely in control.
Tips for anyone thinking of joining
To anyone just getting started with Minplan or who is already using it, make sure you understand how coping strategies, warning signs, and contact are linked. Visit and reread your work on a regular basis, and make sure to watch all of the videos, as they are extremely educational and can change our way of thinking. Finally, keep in touch with your network on a regular basis. Please do not lose hope. There is a solution, and Minplan has the mysterious key we´ve all been looking for! You´ve got this!