Never Give Up was created to serve as a means of light in the dark. In life, we need friends, colleagues, and goodwill to help change ourselves for the better. It's in this group that Richard hopes to create this opportunity for everyone who participates. This weekly support group is designed to bring the community members living with a mental health disorder together to promote wellness, encourage each other, and improve quality of life in the community by aiding and fostering independence.
When we start our mental health journey, we all come from a different place; with a different perspective. It is important to recognize and honour that. We focus on the importance of trying, accepting reasonable risks, and remaining positive. After all, it's not that life isn't hard or it won't knock you down - it's a matter of getting back on your feet and never giving up.
Our Key PRINCIPALS
Hope is essential. It is the light at the end of a dark tunnel. It brings smiles to the faces of those less fortunate and warmth to a cold heart. It gives us motivation that each day will be a little better than the last.
Our journey is uniquely our own, and while no two may look alike, it's these experiences that unite us. We focus on empathy in our group to unite us through compassion.
We must be open and honest with foremost ourselves, and each other. Bringing together people with similar experiences helps us to connect and trust again. When we build that trust up, we're able to hope for a brighter future, and work toward that future.
Having courage doesn't mean you're not afraid; it means, you are acting in spite of that fear. We're all afraid sometimes, and that's ok. By building a support system together, our goal is to grow your courage and help you face your fears.
Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behaviour. Examples of mental illness include: depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours.
YOU CAN DO THIS
Retired Canadian Forces
Sergeant & Medical Technician
Originally from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Richard spent 11 years serving in the Canadian Army and Canadian Navy as a Medical Technician. Richard served in Afghanistan on two tours and spent much of his career on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships. Since retiring from service in 2012, he has called Lloydminster home. Richard struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression upon his return home and felt as though help wasn’t easily attainable in his community.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Peer Support Group Member
Peer Support Group Member
After years of struggling with the symptoms of PTSD, I finally took the first step to seek help. There are numerous avenues available, but what I quickly realized is there were no group therapy meetings specifically designed for people struggling with PTSD. With therapy, self-care, and the Never Give Up group I am finally on the path forward. I would like to thank Richard for his vision, dedication, perseverance and compassion in starting up this peer support group; without him and the people that attend Never Give Up I would not be where I am today.
This peer support group is an incredible resource in our community. Richard brings his personal experience of mental health struggles and resiliency to light, in this interactive and supportive healing group. Richard’s outgoing personality and his passion for this this topic draw out even the most reserved and guarded individuals in, planting seeds of hope for change. Participants are engaged, talking about their own experiences and struggles, peeling away the shame and fear associated with mental injury and illness. I would highly recommend anyone struggling with mental health issues to take part; you will not be disappointed.