Wellness Tools #28: Service
A call to serve. As we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, we can all serve country and or community in our own way. Serving & self-care can go hand in hand. It’s a way to give to others, and in return feed our humanity knowing the gifts we have can be shared with others is service.
Tonja is a Peer Support Specialist/Community Liaison for RI International at the Bridge Center for Hope in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tonja is an ordained minister, community activist, peer counselor, veteran, subject matter expert in addiction, mental health, and untreated trauma. She promotes mental health awareness and rehabilitation with sharing her life experiences as a recovering addict for more than 30 years, suicide survivor, victim of childhood and adult sexual abuse, including her diagnosis of PTSD. Tonja’s message is that with proper treatment, family, friends support, faith and self-care together it can equal to living a productive life.