Every day is a new day in the world of mental health crisis. We never know what to expect from one day to the next. Everyone needs to be ready to go at any minute. Often times this can be very challenging, however, a great team can conquer many obstacles.
Often times I am met by people in the community asking me what I do for a living, or asking me what exactly being a Certified Peer Support Specialist entails. Moments like these give me a chance to step on my mini-soap box and educate them about Mental Illness, Mental Health, Austin Manor, Thrive, and the impact we have on people’s forever lives.
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and it always has been. With that in mind, since I began working for the company in 2004, I have been devoted to trying to create a joyous time for the individuals that we serve. A few years ago we began booking a musician named Doug Spartz who comes to the homes in Detroit Lakes to perform for us. We pick a house where he will set up in the corner with his guitar and he will sing Christmas songs to entertain residents and staff. The smiles on the faces of the individuals are priceless as they tap their fingers or sing along. He even does a small skit as Santa Claus and his wife is Mrs. Claus. Along with that we all enjoy tacos in a bag, or as some call them walking tacos and cookies. Some of the guys start asking me in September/October if he is coming back. Music works wonders.
My name is Matthew Darnold and welcome to Thrive’s new blog!
I am the Treatment Director at Willow Haven IRTS program in Lake Elmo, MN and I am pleased to announce the launch of Thrive Behavioral Network’s new blog! I hope to create a place where all of us at Thrive can share ideas, stories, and updates from all around our programs.