Maria Mangicaro – Can Mental Health Advocates Advocates Agree on a Message?

This is a comment originally posted on http://MadinAmerica.com that deserved some further attention.

If we consider the broad spectrum of issues regarding mental/behavioral/emotional health care, we start to realize there are many shades of grey in the “mental illness” epidemic and debate.  But what if mental health advocates could identify certain issues that are  purely black and white, right or wrong, and focus on just a few we agree on?

Mental health advocates should unite around a few issues they agree on.

We could start to create transparency among advocates.  For example, I am sure you are familiar with the war of

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What to Say When Peers Are Asked to Work for Free

Editor’s Note:  As a mental health consultant with lived experience,  I identify with this piece by Corinna West.  More often than not, invitations from mental health providers to keynote conferences, advise on projects, and serve on committees do not include payment for our time, expertise, and experience.  It’s as if they think we have nothing else to do, and the honor of having them listen to us should be all the reward we need.  I was once asked to keynote a conference out of state, and pay my own air fare and hotel bill.  “We don’t have funding to pay you,”

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