3 Life Lessons I Learned on a Psych Ward

It’s been more than three years since my life nearly ended. For the longest time, I thought my week on the psych ward was pointless. I saw it as a frustrating waste of time. Now, I can recognize the value of what we did during those days.
As a first-timer on the psych ward, it appeared that we were focusing on basic things,like eating right, getting plenty of rest, and talking with a professional. In retrospect, I see that we were working on a much deeper level. We were engaging with a community of people with similar struggles and similar goals, setting boundaries, and learning about self-compassion.


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  • Thank you for sharing the fruits of such a challenging and special situation. Boundaries are good – like you said they give direction and protect which can lead us to be good human beings. But they are much different from walls which are divisive. Instead I like to build bridges. We can reach out, learn each others differences and… enjoy them.
    How do we reach people who are “addicted”, who close themselves in “connection” before they move towards suicide?

    • Mike,Thanks for your ever-thoughtful and encouraging responses. I appreciate you reading my posts and interacting very much!

      So glad you get it, regarding boundaries vs. walls. There’s a big difference.

      In regards to reaching those who are addicted or closed in, I’m convinced they have to want it. You aren’t going to reach anyone who doesn’t recognize their need for help and are also open to receiving it. You can love, preach, teach, reach out, and help all day long, but if someone isn’t willing to receive the help and change….NOTHING will work.

      The biggest thing you can do, for anyone in the whole wide world, is be the best version of YOU you can possibly be, be a really good friend, and love beyond the labels.

      That’s my two cents.

      Grace and peace to you, friend.

      –Steve