Bridgehaven provides hope and recovery through innovative, comprehensive, community-based mental health services to adults living with mental illness.
Welcome To Bridgehaven!
We are so proud to reveal our theme for the 2017 Bridge Builder Breakfast: “Growing Hope“!
We hope you will join us for this inspiring morning of testimonials from some of our members and a complimentary breakfast!
Bridgehaven/Solutions Bridge to Light Awards
June 8, 2018
11:30am – 1:30 p.m.
Tickets will be available on February 1, 2018
All Nominations Must Be Submitted No Later Than 5 pm on Monday, November 20
The Season May Not Be All It's Cracked Up To Be...
Some time ago, WebMD posted a comprehensive story about the effects of the holidays on people with Bipolar Disorder. Those of us who have it know we do best when we’re getting up, eating, exercising, and going to bed on a similar schedule each day. It’s also critical we take our psychiatric medications as prescribed!
That’s why the holidays are fraught with dangerous change – through travel, too much partying, staying up too late, eating poorly, and missing meds or skipping workouts (until January 1st, that is!).
Believing the hype that we can all be carefree, shop without limits, eat waaaay too much sugar and drink to excess can lead to dreadful consequences.
It’s also a fact that not all of us have the Norman Rockwell portrait of the “American Family,” and to believe otherwise can lead to heartbreak and feelings of isolation. We can call on friends, help the homeless receive services, and reach out to a church or social agency for support. Make new memories instead of reliving the past, and use extreme self-care to stave off the symptoms that can turn things around very quickly, and not in a good way.
Careful planning, staying on schedule, and keeping our expectations at a reasonable level can make all the difference in how we feel. It is always a good idea to let those closest to us know what to watch out for in our behavior, and what steps to take if we need help (see “Advance Directive” video under Peer Training on this site).
If we can keep mania, depression, anxiety and all the other manifestations of Bipolar in check, the holidays can be filled with much more peace and joy for our families and for us!