FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — An Alabama-based nonprofit group is asking for folks to speak about one thing folks don’t like to speak about: psychological well being. The group “Wings Throughout Alabama” is asking for folks to share their struggles and triumphs in psychological well being. In contrast to lots of people with related tales, Wayne Walter is open when speaking about his struggles in life and with substance abuse.
“Hopefully it would encourage any person even when it’s only one individual to need to do higher of their life, to need to reside to grasp that life is extra than simply psychological well being or substance abuse,” stated Wayne Walter. He’s one of many folks sharing his story with “Wings Throughout Alabama” as a part of their Empowerment Thrival Story Mission.
“There’s worth on this, not simply from the storyteller simply to get their story out however the people who find themselves listening to it,” stated Wings Throughout Alabama Program Director Dalana Willis Brooks. It’s a part of a three-year venture funded by a federal grant. They’re gathering tales from people who find themselves dealing and thriving by way of psychological well being points, substance abuse issues, or each. Organizers say one of many hardest half is getting folks to share tales about their psychological well being points is the stigma that may come together with it.
“Individuals don’t see the earlier than and after folks simply see after they’re in trauma after they’re having issues however they don’t see people who find themselves on the opposite aspect who’re having success,” stated Wings Videographer Roxanne Fahlbarg. What they’re asking folks to speak about is one thing that may be arduous to speak about. They hope by gathering and sharing these tales they may also help others go from simply surviving to thrive.