Monthly Archives: May 2013

Don’t tell me you’re disabled, tell me what you’re good at!

People have identities which are built around the concept of being disabled.  It’s hard to find a job if this is the first thought that comes to your mind everyday and keeps popping up.  I have to work at not defining myself as primarily a person with mental health issues.  I am a person in recovery, I’m a  baker, a singer, I make people laugh,  I’m a writer, a sister – you know the drill. 

I also like to build community. The mental health community is only one community I belong to.  I encourage people to practice defining themselves not just by a job or a disability but by what they like to do and what they excel at. This way, if they want to get a job they are already for an interview. 

Here are some current training opportunities for getting out and being part of the Anchorage working community, if that’s your thing. If you need some help with that, come see us at 2735 E. Tudor Rd, 562-7900. Ask for Joan or Alvin.

Recruiters from Personnel Plus will be at the Anchorage Job Center Midtown on Monday at 4:00 p.m. to recruit for a multitude of laborer positions.  Stop by the job center at 3301 Eagle Street, Room 104 on Monday for more information

Johnson’s Tire Service is looking to fill several positions for Sales Associate/Customer Service to work at the front counter.  Fulltime Permanent. This is an excellent opportunity and the employer is willing to train.

click on the links below for more information about:

Job corp Orientation 2013

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UPS 6-14-2013

For more information and to apply go to http://www.jtsalaska.com/#/careers or search ALEXsys for job order 240902 for instructions on faxing or emailing your resume and a complete job description. https://alexsys.labor.state.ak.us/

Don’t forget we’re having a big garage sale fundraiser  Friday June 7th from 10:30 – 2 pm. We have 900 videotapes in all genres so if you haven’t thrown out your VCR, this will be cheaper than netflicks or streaming – 25cents each.

Also our new calendar for June is posted on the calendar page of this blog!

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Sustainability and mental health through yard sales

 

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What do yard sales have to do with mental health? last week we at The WIC had to do some end of the fiscal year creative thinking around our schedule. We decided that we better spend some more time making money than spending it! We are going to have a yard sale/bake sale on Friday June 7th from 10:30 to 2 pm out here at 2735 E. Tudor Road.

We did a little research last Friday and found out that if you tell people that you need something and don’t have enough money to pay you can often work out a deal at a yard sale.  Sure people want to make some money but they also want their stuff to go away so asking if you can have it for less or nothing is often a risk worth taking.

The Macklemore & Lewis song is right in many ways. It’s way cooler to get something cheap and original than to spend money for something that’s made to go out of style in a week.  Sometimes I feel proud of the bargains I’ve found. Other times I start to realize that I don’t really need too much more stuff in my life.  Also I get to know people in my community rather intimately. You find out that someone’s husband died or their grandpa, that their kid moved away and that’s why they’re having the sale.  We met someone with most of a clarinet last week. I hadn’t realized I still wanted to learn an instrument until I saw that.

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It’s never too late to be an entrepreneur. We saw a couple of smaller sales which appear to have sprung up around a big organized one which had brought people down their street.  Do you remember the phrase “rent party”?  We are kind of doing the same thing, inviting our friends to help us pull through a dry patch. We would do the same for you! We have books and games for sale and some stuff we are all going to bring from home. All the money goes to the Wellness Innovations Center  member food and activity fund. If you want to donate anything just send an email, comment or give a call to us at 762-8652.

Anyway feel free to stop by our yard sale  or have your own and spread the love.

 

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What some people have to say about the new DSM

Yes some of it is not printable.

 Here is an even tempered take on it from The UK Guardian we thought we would share. Click on the link below to read the full article. I especially liked the part about 70% of the authors of the DSM committees having direct links to pharmaceutical companies.

What’s the rush to label people?

Welcome to our new blog

Happy Spring(FINALLY!!!)
Happy Spring(FINALLY!!!)

We folks at The Wellness Innovations Center are trying a free blog this time instead of one we pay for. That way members can more easily update and access it.  Right now all we have is the calendar page up but we will add more soon, maybe even videos!  We have a cookout on Thursday May 23 starting at 11:30 am featuring The Paul & Lee band. You’re invited!