our unique journeys
Hope and Recovery
Born: December 18, 2015
Purpose: Hope and Recovery remind us that mental illness does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any age.
Current Location: The Meadows Psychiatric Center, 132 The Meadows Lane, Centre Hall, PA 16828
Created by: The Meadows staff and participants in collaboration with Marisa Vicere and Nancy Vicere
Sponsored by: The Meadows
“Recovery and Hope”
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” – Brene Brown
Mental illness doesn’t discriminate
Meet our first parent/child Stomper duo! They remind us that mental illness does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any age. According to NAMI, each year one in five adults and one in five children in the United States have mental health issues that affect the way they live, laugh, love and play.
Exploring gratitude, bravery, and recovery
Through a series of discussions, educational videos, and activities, participants in the Meadows Stomper Project explored inspiration, gratitude, bravery, and recovery resulting in the creation of their two Stompers.
Recovery and Hope
The Meadows staff and participants named the Stompers “Recovery” and “Hope.” The adult Stomper, “Recovery” reminds us that life is a journey. We are forever growing, learning, and overcoming challenges. The child, “Hope,” reminds us that we need to always hold on to the belief that something good will happen.
—“Recovery” and “Hope” were created and made possible by The Meadows.
“You think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift.” From: Nature, Beauty and Gratitude
Life is short and each day is a gift. Sometimes we get caught up in focusing on the negatives, rather than taking a few moments to appreciate what surrounds us.
To help you appreciate the little things in life, take 5 minutes before bed each night to write down three things you are thankful for. Soon, you will teach your brain to look for the positives at the end of the day, rather than focusing on what could have gone differently.
You matter! Take a few minutes each day to do something to celebrate you.
- Keep a Journal
- Do Something You Love
- Get Outdoors
- Learn Relaxation Techniques
- Find Balance
- Be Resilient
Recovery and Hope were made possible through the generous support of The Meadows. These stompers now travel throughout Pennsylvania to help raise awareness.
Our Artists: Chris Bittner, Mark Pilato, Mel Forkner Lesher, Marisa Vicere, Nancy Vicere
Curriculum Development: Marisa Vicere
Our Partners: Brenda Fry, Jessica Davis, Roberta Ream, Ann Wayne
We are Recovery and Hope, a stomper pair created by participants and staff at The Meadows. Recovery reminds us to be forgiving with ourselves, and Hope spreads the message to hold on for things to get better.
Love, Hope and recovery
There is help. There is hope.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health concern or crisis, please reach out for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741741
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Trans Life Line: 1-877-565-8860