I’m one of those mental health discussion weenies. I’m an advocate who pokes my head in a lot of corners because I learned a lot time ago that everything connects and makes sense. Really, mental health discussions, environmentalism, industrial food, transportation, water rights – all of the painful issues right now boil down to the same thing – there are some people out there making a lot of money off doing things in a way that doesn’t make sense. So inertia and lobbying money helps us keep doing things that don’t make sense instead of working to help the grass
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Recently I got an email from the National Public Health Information Coalition asking me to take their survey about creating a certification process for health care communicators. I didn’t like their survey so I sent the following email: I just took your survey about public health communicators and I think you totally overlooked the role of patient advocates. There are many reasons people in recovery might know more about health care than professionals. Also, one of the biggest risks in health care is iatrogenic harm, and patient advocates prevent that. Also, patient advocates are often much better at promoting prevention
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Press release, Wednesday, November 28, 2012:
Don’t have a job? Make your own job.
Thanks so much for RSVPing yes or maybe to our Connect Power site build day this Thursday. Or thinking about it which is why you clicked this post. What if you knew Mark Zuckerburg before Facebook? What if you were a founding member? Well, I’m cocky enough to think this might be true for me.
I am running this open house style from 9am to 9pm, so feel free to come by any time during that day. My address is in Kansas City, KS. It’s right
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Presidentially recognized program to start national expansion in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau
Eight colleges and universities in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau are hosting Poetry for Personal Power, Missouri’s homegrown mental health prevention program which is being presented to former first lady Rosalyn Carter next month.
St. Louis, MO, October 19, 2012 Missouri’s homegrown Poetry for Personal Program is beginning a national expansion in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau. SEMO Association of Black Collegians will kick off with an open mic to talk about overcoming adversity on Monday Oct 22 at 8 pm at the University Center lounge.
Continue reading PressRelease – National Launch next Week for Poetry for Personal Power!
Kids playing on the Tricycle Challenge gear for Bike for the Brain. When children take antipsychotics, what is happening?
A recent article by Dr. Mercola points out the scope of the problem when children take antispychotics:
In recent years, there has been a massive increase so children take antipsychotics and other psych meds. Aggressive, and often illegal, marketing by drug companies is believed to be a major contributing factor when children take antipsychotics. In recent years, every major manufacturer of atypical antipsychotics has been fined for illegally marketing their drugs for unapproved uses. Prescriptions to make children take antipsychotics
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“His parents had steered their youngest into sport to channel the excess energy that had seen him diagnosed with a mild form of ADD, rather that keep him dosed up on Ritalin, which changed his personality and dampened his spirit.” — Sport 24.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Cameron van der Burgh’s Olympic gold medal has more heart and meaning than just the happiness of winning. These are the words of Bev van der Burgh, the gold medallist’s proud mother.
Cameron van der Burgh wins Gold
“He swam that race for Alex,” says Bev, referring to the late Norwegian swimmer
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The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion has published a free guide to public transportation programs and policies, and how to advocate in your community for better public transportation barriers.
This brief guide to public transportation and private mobility policies, programs and practices can help people with diagnoses participate in community life.
It provides a series of recommendations for diagnosed people, counselors, and communities that can promote the ability of people to get in, out and around.
Programs that help overcome transportation barriers
The document, which includes portraits of half-a-dozen innovation programs, can be used to revamp public transportation policies,
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This appeared in the first edition of the newsletter of Sacred Creations http://www.sacredcreations.org, reprinted by permission of AJ French.
Chicago, Illinois – Six of 12 Chicago mental health clinics have closed. This impacts 40 percent of clinic population,. Iraq Veterans are among the 3,100 lives disrupted by closings.
Individuals with Medicaid and Medicare are forced to end relationships with treatment providers of their choice, and seek mental health services elsewhere.
Movement Hopes to Re-Open Mental Health Clinics
The Mental Health Movement is a collaborative effort to reopen the mental health clinics. It is driven by peers within the mental health system, though not exclusive to persons with mental health conditions.
Continue reading AJ French: Half of Chicago’s Mental Health Clinics Close
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch could save a ton of money by increasing peer support.
Damien Licata, chair of the NH Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Council (my old job) asked me for some thoughts prior to his meeting with NH Gov. John Lynch, whose “broken” mental health system is being sued for civil rights violations by the U.S. Justice Department and others.
Here is what I told a friend to tell the governor about increasing peer support:
Public mental health systems all over the country are becoming economically unsustainable. State governments can’t afford to give everyone with a problem
Continue reading Increasing Peer Support: A Radical Proposal for a Governor