I posted this on an online bulletin board in my hometown:
Mental Wellness Group:
I’m seeking like-minded individuals who would like to explore natural/holistic/spiritual ways of achieving good mental health. We are people who may or may not be on psych meds but whose goals are to live as clean of a life as possible and who believe in complete recovery through sometimes radical lifestyle changes and maintenance of those changes. We believe it’s possible to live a life free of meds and are only too conscious of how dangerous these meds are and how much they impede our lives. We do not judge where someone is on their journey but hope to have the same goals. We know it may not always be possible to get off all drugs safely.
We are not all where we want to be. We share what we know about diet and nutrition/spirituality/yoga/meditation and how those things have helped us. We talk about barriers that keep us from getting there and we help support each other as we make changes in our lives.
I have access to many recovery stories of people using these methods. Stories of people having achieved complete recovery from even serious mental illness. These people do not take meds any longer and have found natural and holistic means to stay healthy and live productive lives. I will gladly share these stories with you. (they are on the internet–I can email them to you)
I’ve been on this journey of healing for several years. I eat a natural diet of whole foods, I supplement, and as much as I am able I exercise, do yoga and meditate—I personally need support in creating discipline in the latter areas. My diet and nutrition are stellar but I have yet to fully embrace the mind/body lifestyle changes I hope to. I’ve been withdrawing from psych meds and while I’ve found a rich network of like-minded souls on the internet I have not found them in real life…
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in participating in and helping shape please contact me.
I, of course, need to start functioning a bit better before I can actually commit to meeting each week, but in the mean time I want to find out if there is interest.