FAQ about the Distress Model

These are questions that came up from one of our most thorough critics. We thought we’d reproduce them as a blog for anyone who has questions about our approach.

1. Our system is broken and people are dying: and veterans are dying: I know this too. This is why I feel like we need a whole new system, not just fixing the old system. But getting a very clear handle on what is broken and what works is useful. Also, I don’t think I’m leaving people in the lurch by building an alternative, because I’m not tearing down or working

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Pyschiatric survivors can fund entrepreneurial mental health revolution

(This was originally posted on Mad In America.)

How We Want to Create Entrepreneurial Mental Health Revolution:

I’ve been working for 2 1/2 years on a system to provide non-medical care for people with emotional distress. I want it to be evidence based, peer provided, non-clinical, completely voluntary, cheap enough to pay for ourselves AND available nationwide and worldwide very soon. This is what I think our community needs to create entrepreneurial mental health revolution, and after spending around 6000 hours working through the permutations with much of your online input, I think we’re just about there.

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Anonymous – After Medical Treatment for My Breakdown, I Fear My Mental and Physical Wellness Might Not Come Back

Wellness Wordworks Founder Corinna West Maintains for Mental and Physical Wellness

In many ways, I was responsible for my breakdown.  I did not take good care of my mental and physical wellness.  My life and work were out of balance.  When I got tired and depressed, instead of rest and recreation, I trusted medical professionals to “find and fight the disease.”

I frequently worked long hours, not getting enough sleep, drinking too much coffee to stay awake.  I neglected my family and personal life.

In my office. it was a badge of honor to work late at night and

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Why forced medication doesn’t work for mental health prevention

Mental health prevention means people in emotional crisis don’t need labels and medication: One of the groups giving out a different story about mental health prevention is the Treatment Advocacy Center. Wellness Wordworks is focusing on solutions and not problems, so we are talking about these people to emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship and reframing the mental health prevention discussion.  The answer is that we can’t  use the same tools of money and political influence as people like these. We have to compete with our numbers, our creativity, our artwork, our passion, our honesty. Here’s an awesome speech about

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