Dr. Mark Ragins, a former co-worker and colleague of ours, liked to ask people "what got your heart into this work?" The responses were varied in circumstances and motivations, and yet there was one thing that was consistent among them. People saw a different world. They felt that they could make a difference. They had hope.
Sometimes in the day-to-day grind of the work, we lose connection with that sense of hope or it gets lost in all the other worries, responsibilities, or duties we see right in front of us.
In this issue of the CASRA Newsletter, we are focusing on hope. What is it? Where and how do we find or reconnect to it?
So, from us at CASRA, may you have hope for the future, the new year bring new opportunities for hope, and may your hopes be fulfilled.
Happy Hoidays, and we will see you in 2022!
Who We Are
CASRA is a statewide organization of private, not-for-profit, public benefit corporations that serve clients of the California public mental health system.
Member agencies provide a variety of services that are designed to enhance the quality of life and community participation of youth, adults and older adults living with challenging mental health issues.
A benefit of membership in CASRA is receiving 4 hours of training for your staff. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope - A Definition
from "Road to Recovery"
Dr. Mark Ragins
During times of despair, everyone needs a sense of hope, a sense that things can and will get better. Without hope, there is nothing to look forward to and no real possibility for positive action. Hope is a great motivator, but for hope to be truly motivating, it has to be more than just an ideal. It has to take form as an actual, reasonable vision of what things could look like if they were to improve. It’s not so much that people with mental illness will attain precisely the vision they create, but that they need to have a clear image of the possibilities before they can make difficult changes and take positive steps.
The science of hope: More than wishful thinking
Being hopeful doesn’t just feel good — it can improve your health and relationships. ASU researchers explain how they study hope and share tips for unleashing its power in your own life.
From Arizona State University, Knowledge Enterprise
By Maya Shrikant - June 14, 2021
Hoping to win the lottery? That would actually be a wish you have. Hoping to have a good day today? That’s being optimistic.
According to social science researchers in Arizona State University’s Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope, having hope is harder work than we may think. They are unpacking the ways in which different populations conceive of hope and exploring how having higher hopes can improve our health and well-being. Read More
Have You Considered the Power of Hope?
Findings reveal that hope makes a difference physically and psychologically.
From Psychology Today
Suzanne B. Phillips, Posted October 31, 2020
As life faces us with a pandemic, political uncertainty, racial oppression, and economic strain, it is worth considering the power of hope.
Reflections on the importance of hope are found in religion, philosophy, literature, and current inspirational thinking. Read More
From Homeless to Homeowner: Tracey’s Story
From Hope Cooperative
On any given day driving along the Garden Highway in Sacramento, you can see tents lined up along the riverbank; the men and women, tarps, bicycles, and dogs huddled beneath the interstate as traffic whizzes by overhead. According to the Sacramento County 2019 Point in Time Count, of the estimated 5,570 homeless people living in Sacramento County, the number of unsheltered homeless – those living along the river in tents, cars, or on the streets – has increased by 35 percent since 2015. Homelessness is fraught with peril, from exposure to harsh weather and environmental conditions to increased risk of personal injury or detriment. Tracey, a Hope Cooperative Peer Navigator employed by Hope Cooperative, lived homeless on the river for a decade. Read More
Stories of Hope: Inspirational Stories of Recovery
From San Mateo County Health
The sharing of a personal story can be self-reflective, educational, de-stigmatizing and incredibly empowering. The following stories of hope, resilience and recovery are from those who have experienced mental health and substance use issues. These individuals are sharing their stories in the hope that others will be inspired to seek help, and join them on the path to recovery. Read More
A New Way to Help Young People with Their Mental Health
TED Fellow Tom Osborn wants more young people to have access to the mental health support they need. With the Shamiri Institute, he and his team are training 18- to 22-year-olds to deliver evidence-based mental health care to their peers in Kenya -- which has only two clinicians for every million people. Hear how their community-first, youth-oriented model could become a template to help kids across the world lead successful, independent lives. Watch Video