Welcome! Dance in the Rain Whole Person Informed Care
A Platform of Recovery "When the person recovers the family heals and the community grows stronger." Mary E Munsell Created by: Mary E Munsell a person with mental illness to help her peers find: hope, passion, and a desire to take the necessary steps to build a life of wholeness, purpose and meaning.
What is Dance in the Rain?
Dance in the Rain has been evolving since November of 2010.
Late September of 2010 I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts feeling as though I existed and nothing more. By the end of November my family was brought in to hear the news that the doctors had given up on me. They were to be told the only thing left for me was long term hospitalization. I was to be transferred to a State Mental Hospital as soon as a bed became available. The doctor felt there was nothing more he could do for me. I just wasn't responding to any treatment he was offering.
My mother stood with tears in her eyes and shouted "HOW CAN YOU WANT TO DIE!"
I didn't know it then but that was the beginning of my long journey back to what I call 'a life of wholeness' and 'becoming what I was created to be'. Dance in the Rain has become a Platform of Recovery now called: Dance in the Rain Whole Person Informed Care consisting of many programs
Building Wholeness Faces of Stigma - Breaking Restraints Tapestry - Coloring the Threads Let's Dance in the Rain, Josh [Children's Book] SupportGroups Speaking Engagements Advocacy
plus so much more ...
It's Really About the Whole Person
The Mental Health System has become a system of 'symptom management'. Mental illness affects our whole being. Every aspect of our lives . Managing our symptoms is not the solution.
Mental illness is unique to the individual. Every individual has unique brain pathways, chemistry's and biology's. Each person reacts to stimuli and circumstances differently. They have their own unique backgrounds, histories, traumas, joys, sorrows and triumphs.
As a provider begins to communicate with the individual seeing them as a Whole Person with their own unique
chemistry, life story and illness the individuals chemistry and life begins to be revealed to the provider. As the two continue to work together a unique medication program evolves out of the knowledge and trust gained between the two.
As the Wholeness of the person begins to be discovered to the individual and others in their life a unique and personal recovery initiates from personal discovery. It's sculpted and created by the uniqueness of the individual and their support system.
Mary E Munsell 6/2013
Whole Person Informed Care
“The people with mental illness are unique and always have been. When the community begins to understand the individual only then can they initiate an understanding of the illness. When they understand the illness, then they can give rise to individualized treatment. As they work with the wholeness of the individual, everyone learns how to sculpt and create an individual’s unique recovery.” Mary E Munsell