Beaumont man defeating depression while helping others with mental illness

The suicide of Robin Williams has turned the nation's focus back to the discussion about mental health.

Mental illness is always a topic of discussion at Spindletop MHMR in Beaumont. The center serves thousands of people each year in Chambers, Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange Counties. The center has approximately 400 employees.

Garry Lewis is a Certified Peer Support Specialist at Spindletop MHMR. Lewis says he can relate to those struggling with mental illness because he has been diagnosed with major depression and bipolar disorder. He believes people with a mental illness should not suffer in silence. Lewis counts on "tools" he has learned to help him stay balanced. Spindletop MHMR using Recovery Action Plan, or RAP. It's a support and daily maintenance plan those suffering for mental illness should relay on when they are faced with "triggers" that can lead to episodes of depression.

Garry Lewis says there is no quick fix when you are dealing with depression that's why it's important to have a support network.

If you have a mental health emergency, call the Crisis Hotline at (800) 937-8097. The lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.






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