Category Archives: young people

The Recovery Booklet for Mental Health Update

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Photo Credit ©2012 Kelly Babcock

This book has been out in print all summer now. Fifty copies have been sold to the public and the hospital has found a fund to purchase one hundred copies. I am on a bit of a roller coaster of happiness, loss and success. Read the rest of this entry

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Drawing on the Arts

Sometimes there is abundance at other times not.

Creative expression is fulfilling, peaceful and important to me.

Drawing is one of the many forms of creativity. We often start off when we are young drawing houses or stick people and then a lot of people don’t go too much further than that. Well some people pick it up again in their adult years. I did! Read the rest of this entry

Book Launch Party For Mental Health

Flowers Grow and People Do Too

Let’s look on the bright side!

I didn’t know how it was going to go. I didn’t know who would be there. Thunderstorms preceded the entertainment. Would people still come? Read the rest of this entry

Step After Step; Kindness After Kindness!

The greater self looks up.

Hey you people keep being kind to eachother!
© 2012 Kelly Babcock

Whether you have a mental illness or not, it boosts the immune system to hear nice things and to participate in small acts of kindness. These activities can make a day brighter, can help your self esteem and finally can bring out more positive energy. Kindness helps you to look on the bright side! Read the rest of this entry

Taking Schizophrenia on a Holiday

My mom and I decided to go to a wedding, visit my sister and then visit a friend. I was geared up for the holiday and excited to be going with my mom who I had been on holidays with before. We are good travelling buddies. Read the rest of this entry

That Flaw You Don’t Want Anymore

Letting Go ...

Letting Go …

You know it. I’m sure you do. You are just about to introduce yourself to someone and you think, I’m not good enough. You become aware of something in your past that was hurtful and embarrassing and somehow that makes you less valuable. At the current time you are unable to start a friendship with this new interesting person that could bring much happiness into your life. You remembered a flaw in the midst of your perfection.

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Dancing Poems

Poetry is like sunshine. © 2012 Kelly Babcock

Poetry is like sunshine.
© 2012 Kelly Babcock

To write a poem that helps people think through an issues is rewarding and motivating. To write a poem that helps people sense a touch of Heaven is also nice. To write poems that inspire others to write poems, now that is the first place ribbon. Read the rest of this entry

Camp Days Remembered

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Say what you mean and mean what you say. 

We were all sitting around a campfire. Everyone was singing Cats In The Cradle and I had the feeling that this was a special moment but I didn’t have words to describe it, at that young age.

For me camp was about activities and candy and sleep outs and friends and having a good time. It wasn’t as stressful as working at a camp. So much of our day was planned for us, we just had to show up and try our best.

The hardest part was swimming lessons. There were cold days and we were still expected to go in the water. Sometimes we would pretend to be sick so we could skip swimming in that cold lake. Read the rest of this entry

Looking Back on My Own Teenage Years

As a teenager, I forged out on my own with some of my activities. Involvement with other activities were influenced by friends, parents and teachers.But what helped me to be a young person that was successful? My parents helped me learn about the themes in my life that would be important. The variety of exciting activities I took part in as a teen help me be the person I am today. Finally, private time with quiet activities was also significant for me. Learning about my purpose, active activities and quiet activities created a meaningful experience in my youth. Read the rest of this entry

Tips for the Adult/Teen Relationship?

Remember the silver lining.

Sunny days are here.

I have talked about teens before in my blog. I have wanted to inspire them to take part in things that are meaningful. I have encouraged adults to take an interest in teens.

I have talked about my interesting times with a program called Let’s Talk where I was lead volunteer and went into classrooms with a C.M.H.A delegate. We tried to promote good coping skills to enhance mental health.

Further back than that I developed a week long leadership residential program for teens at Presqu’ile Camp. I also developed a program with the Parks and Recreation daycamps for a teen training experience that readies them for later work with children. These experiences give me insight into the teen condition. Read the rest of this entry

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