After almost a lifetime of struggle with multiple mental illnesses, Ardith Powell's Life has about - faced. Her dreams have come to fruition, and her hope, faith, and service to others has been the source to her newly-found happiness. Her motto is, "I will give as the sun gives warm light, a glad outpouring of the best that is in me." Powell says there is hope and tells other people with mental illnesses not to give up.
Ardith's light continues to shine brightly for all she encounters. Ardith is a member of NAMI Southern Arizona. She has been trained and certified to present the NAMI program, In Our Own Voice. She is also speaking out about mental illness and stigma in her community. NAMI Southern Arizona has honored her as our Poet Laureate for 2014.
Here, Ardith Powell shares why she has joined the Legacy of Hope Society.
My entire life has been spent struggling with mental illnesses. At age twelve I became suicidal. i went around saying, "i wish I had never been born." In later years it changed to, "I wish I were dead." Because I know of the darkness and pain of living with mental illness it seems i am drawn with compassion and understanding to reach out to others with this affliction. To help in any way I can to assuage the suffering mental illness causes. i have been fortunate to have had the needed treatment and care that has kept me alive.