My name is David Boyle. I am 30 years old. Currently residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, I work as a Peer Support Specialist within a mental and behavioral health hospital. On the weekends my recovery comes in the form of a Continuing Educational Art instructor at a local community college. The class is focused on using fine art as a technique for a wellness strategy, specifically for those with a mental health and/or substance use disorder diagnosis. On Sunday mornings I join a group of local bicyclists who voluntarily ride bikes ten plus miles to deliver breakfast burritos to homeless individuals in Uptown Charlotte.
The diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia has affected my life in many positive ways, including a broader recognition of the trusting value in my family. The purpose to devote my time with more meaning has become importantly fundamental. Thought and constructive implementation has assisted in perseverance, while dreams feel more attainable than ever before.
St. Francis of Assisi stated, “Start by doing what is necessary, then by doing what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Being a part of “This is My Brave” allows for a platform to express personal mental health experiences to a thriving audience. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to raise such awareness of recovery, and it has inspired me to continue seeking other avenues for expressing better mental health.
To grow with this diagnosis, experimentation has promoted persistence by respectfully repositioning the limitations I have built in my mind. One sentiment I have for the audience viewing “This is My Brave, Charlotte” is simply this: Opportunity. Create it.