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The Pursuit of Happiness for All. Marion Aslan www.crazydiamond.org.uk. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions Dalai Lama . 20’s University Teacher Travel 30’s Married Running own business Mother.

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The pursuit of happiness for all

The Pursuit of Happiness for All

Marion Aslan

www.crazydiamond.org.uk


The pursuit of happiness for all

Happiness is not

something ready made.

It comes

from your own actions Dalai Lama


The pursuit of happiness for all

20’s

University

Teacher

Travel

30’s

Married

Running own business

Mother


1994 my physiology changed

1994 – my physiology changed!!


The pursuit of happiness for all

“… severely and enduringly mentally ill.

You must realise you won’t be able to work again;

you will need to be on medication for the rest of your life”


The pursuit of happiness for all

“You are to give up working and cancel your

holiday – you’re just running away from your

problems!” Oh, and by the way send me your

driving licence, I’ll return it to the licensing

authority”


Is it any wonder that people get stuck

Is it any wonder that people get stuck?

At the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) we know recovery is possible because we see it happen every day.


Recovery

Recovery

“What are the 3 most important things in

Recovery? Hope, hope and even more hope!”

Aslan 2008

“The Purpose of our lives is to be happy”

Dalai Lama

… happiness, contentment, self actualisation,

contribution, inclusion


The pursuit of happiness for all

Resilience and Tenacity

“I had to assess and then reject everything I was

being told by “the experts” and become my own

“Expert by Experience”

Anger at what I’d experienced and fear of going

back made me look at -

  • “reframing” the experience

  • giving up a sick role

  • learning how to emancipate myself

    Recovery is hard work!! Others can’t “cure” you –

    but they can help (or hinder!)


The pursuit of happiness for all

Time

Healing

Resilience

Interdependence

Vivacity

Emancipation


Thriving

THRIVING

“The concept of thriving is to go beyond mere

recovery to a place of restoration. Recovery may

take you back to where you were prior to

becoming distressed but to thrive means so much

more…

A place of ;

  • Renewal, new optimism and joy

  • Broken in order to become whole again – “weller than well” having learned from the experience


Happiness thriving as a journey

Happiness & Thriving as a Journey

  • Turning point

  • Identify

  • Explore

  • Understand

  • Move on

  • Reforming your experience into a more helpful one

    • symptoms going or

    • changing cognitions and understanding, e.gvoices


The pursuit of happiness for all

Turning points


The pursuit of happiness for all

“If you want others to be happy, practice

compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice

compassion”

“An old day passes, a new day arrives.

The important thing is to make it meaningful”

Dalai Lama


The pursuit of happiness for all

Krysalis


The big issue

The Big Issue


Anam cara first user led crisis service in uk

Anam Cara – First User led Crisis Service in UK


The pursuit of happiness for all

“We can live without religion and

meditation, but we cannot survive without

human affection” Dalai Lama


Family children friends

Family / Children / Friends


Animals

Animals


Faith spirituality

Faith / Spirituality

  • Belief in something

  • Purpose

  • Hope

  • Connectedness


The pursuit of happiness for all

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world

until we make peace with ourselves”


Recovery and happiness requires work and effort

Recovery and Happiness requires work and effort!


The pursuit of happiness for all

Our mission:

Enriching lives and minds by focusing on

strengths and recovery

MHCD


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