We are a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and educating those who suffer from mental illnesses and their supporters.
My name is Tim Blue, and over the past 18 years, I’ve spent endless hours and dollars trying to understand why I feel so anxious all the time. I’ve been diagnosed with OCD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and bi-polar (II) disorder. Perhaps all these diagnoses speak to the moving target that is psychiatry, or perhaps they show you what life is like inside my head. At first, like most people, I resisted the diagnoses as well as the medication that went along with them. About 10 years ago, I relented on the medication front and finally realized that I will be on not just one, but many, medications for the rest of my life, this coming after a decade of trying short-term medication remedies that I never gave much of a chance to work. 8 years ago I published a memoir of my struggles up to that point regarding both my imbalanced brain and my conservative Christian upbringing (not a good pairing). I thought this was my “coming out” that would be a one and done sort of thing – now people know the real truth about me! They will give me a bit more grace from now on, I thought. But people still don’t understand the daily struggle, and I, like many, need a community of people who “get it.”
There’s something healing about being with others who understand. People who have lost children need to be around others who are in the same boat, as do cancer patients, widows, religious people…Everyone! The team of us at TKWANA want to be one of those understanding resources for you.
We just plain need the company of like-minded people. And that’s what this endeavor is for – community. Through speaking, podcasting, and writing, my goal is for you to feel encouraged that you are never alone in the journey! Many additional resources to help you feel connected are in the works for the future, too. Please don’t hesitate to let those of us at TKWANA know if there’s some way we can make this site more useful. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! ~Tim Blue.