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Guiding Star Point One:

Guiding Star Point One: Set GOAL Activity 1.3 Young Adult Road Map, page xx 1 Guiding Star Point one: Set Goals Before and after panic attacks Before: What was I thinking about? How did I react to my thoughts? Where was I? What was I eating? Who was I with? After: What else can I think about? How is my breath? How long did it take me to return to normal? Introspection: Looking at yourself and recognizing the things that may trigger you, what happens when you are triggered, and what happens after you are triggered can be very helpful. It allows you to understand what to avoid and what to do once the trigger has occurred. One very good resource for this is the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Being able to recognize when you may be in crisis and having a plan set to deal with it can work wonders for your mental health and overall well-being. This ability to look internally and place yourself in the “then,” “now,” and “tomorrow” allows you to be grounded and learn how to make progress to a better you. Editorial Board Notes Contributed by: Joshua Calarino These “focus areas” might include: l Housing: A safe and comfortable place to live l Employment: Satisfying work (and whatever education/training it takes to get that work) l Transportation: Reliable, affordable ways to get around l Community: Friends, loved ones, and people or organizations to help you when you need it l Health: Good insurance, the right providers (doctors, dentists, therapists), a wellness plan, and knowledge about how and where to get services in your area l Things that give your life meaning and fulfillment: For some people this can include pursuing creative arts (such as poetry or dance), practicing a religious faith, working for a cause, or doing service for others. Jot down a few words or phrases that describe any ideas that come to mind. You may not be able to imagine the whole picture. That’s OK. However, starting to imagine your everyday life can help you set long term goals. It can also help The Big Picture you speak your truth to the people around you. That will be very Leisure Housing Employment important as you look for help in systems. Transportation Community * Health Purpose Other See Activity 1.3, The Big Picture You are here: Guiding Star Point One Review Your #1 Transition Job Description is to learn and do what it takes to live the life you want. If that future seems uncertain, you can change the conversation about your future. Doing that helps you move forward (from where you stand right now), one step at a time. One way to start this process is to: 1. Make a list of your strengths, because your strengths plus the services and supports you will find will lead to solutions to your concerns. Services and supports are things such as treatments, benefits, training, housing vouchers, counseling, etc., that may help you live the life you want. 2. Make a list of concerns that affect different parts of your life. 3. Begin thinking about “The Big Picture” of the everyday life you want to live. 4. Begin talking to others about those strengths and concerns to find out what services and supports you might need. Any text here? 12

Guiding Star Point Two: Learn System Basics Become familiar with key words, procedures, and provider roles so you understand what choices you have, where to find services, and how to get those services. 13