My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, Alexandria, VA, USA
I have attended the local SA support group (of which SARDAA is the non-profit host) almost weekly for the last seven years or so. I took some time away from therapy and the support I received from the members of SA was invaluable. Therapy is winding down for me again, but the stability of our group reassures me even in weeks when I'm having symptoms. Working for a drop-in as a Peer Support Specialist for ten years, I know a little bit about hope and recovery. SA provides both for me. It helps that the members are all peers, including our group leader who is a skilled facillitator. Even though I only talk to them once a week, I consider them to be friends. Sometimes my symptoms make leaving my apartment difficult, but SA always makes the effort worthwhile. I credit the group as a big part of my recovery and accomplishments.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I feel safe talking about my symptoms at SA and since other members have the same experience, it helps normalize my illness. We're not crazy or psychotic, we just have obstacles that normals can't understand. The group (and especially our leader,) also inspire me to write, something from which I derive great pleasure.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The blue book we use at SA helps give structure to the meetings. Our favorite part are the personal stories by SA members. It also helps people who are just starting out with SA to connect with us. But, there just not enough stories. AA has a big book filled with only stories from their members. I think SARDAA should put out something similar for SA. I know other SA members across the country would love to have their stories in print and it would give our group members another way to relate.
Nicholas, Please send us stories so we can create the compilation and post them on our website and in the eNewsletter and then add them to the "Blue Book". Thank you for the work you do that is vitally important! Linda