Editor’s note: This came from a discussion in an email group for all the peer support centers in Missouri. Bonnie Castro is a peer support specialist.
Some Peers Change Lives
So many folks in the system right now still remain in the “life is limited” stage despite consumer-run programs or clinical services that are offered to them. It’s not the services destroying the system so much. It’s the people delivering those services that change lives.
Recovery Rocks 2011 – Conference with many peer specialists where Bonnie was a speaker
I have met case managers that are really good at what they
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Peer Support Agencies Fit Republican Values and Save States Money
In 2003 the Peer Support Agencies in New Hampshire faced a 60% budget cut. This is story of how grassroots advocacy restored that funding by showing how our programs save the state money. This story is extremely urgent today as Kansas almost lost funding for their peer support agencies, which are called Consumer Run Organizations, or CRO’s.
Kansas did lose all funding for their statewide network of people in recovery, which coordinates a national recognized advocacy training called the leadership academy, a truma-informed care grant, and the annual recovery conference.
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2011 has been the happiest year of my life. 2010 was the second happiest. I have more friends, more close friends, more and better activities, and stronger connections to the community than ever before. I’ve been aware of that for some time. But this Thanksgiving, I began to feel something new: I am successfully building my capacity for happiness.
Sitting in temple a week before Thanksgiving, I had the feeling that I belong here. I’m connected to the people in this congregation. Until now, I was like the old Groucho Marx joke: “I would never
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by Ken Braiterman
Medicating troubled teens did not exist when I was one.
Far too often, doctors and school officials present medicating troubled teens and younger children to parents as relatively risk free, the only option, not one of many. Both those statements are demonstrably false, though many children are helped by medicine in the short term.
Medicating troubled teens and younger children has gone on long enough to study long-term outcomes, which look increasingly disturbing.
Outcomes of Medicating Troubled Teens
In the award-winning Anatomy of An Epidemic (2010), Robert Whitaker says, “Twelve of 15 studies of SSRI’s, a
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Ken Braiterman, Board Chair of Wellness Wordworks, a proponent of emotional distress vs. disease
My experience of learning how to handle emotional distress vs. disease
Welcome to Wellness Wordworks’ site. My name is Ken Braiterman, Wellness Wordworks board chair. I’ll be blogging at this site about overcoming emotional distress vs. disease. Our business is changing the mental health system from a “disease model” to a “distress model.”
I will also write about my personal recovery from being a homeless, psychotic, traumatized cab driver in New York City. I journey through being a mental patient, to a recovery advocate, and
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