Working as a mental health peer advocate and living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) provides Felecia Campbell with a unique perspective on dealing with the mental and emotional aspects of the disease. In this episode of This AS Life Live!, Felecia joins Dan Reynolds and clinical psychologist Liz Maines, PhD, who lives with AS, to continue the discussion on finding mental health support. Liz and Felecia discuss finding your bliss and moments of joy, being brave when vulnerable, working with mental health professionals, and other resources.
In addition to the great tips Liz and Felecia share in the episode, below are further suggestions:
- Check out the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) for information to help people living with AS and their loved ones. You can find a physician directory; information on the disease such as symptoms and treatment options; and local support groups
- Read your local newspaper to find a chronic illness support group, therapist, or psychologist
In another episode, Dan talks to Liz about psychological and emotional aspects of AS. Liz offers advice on coming to terms with AS and coping with loss, depression and other mental health aspects of the disease.