24 tips to increase Peer Leadership In Your State

Here are my thoughts on some innovative ways to increase peer leadership in your state. This was a conversation that came from SCOPE, an organization of peer in Missouri. The acronym stands for Support Consumer Operated Program Enhancements, but unfortunately, leadership didn’t do a good job developing joint problem solving capacities of the members and it just turned into a reporting mechanism for the state to monitor the peer programs. They put out a call for ideas and I sent them this and got no response. So this is re-post so that other people may be able to use the ideas.

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Meg Park: Humanity, Love, and Mental Health Reform

by Margaret J. Park, M.Div., C.P.S., Recovery Specialist, Allegheny County (PA) Office of Behavioral Healh

Margaret J. Park

It seems to me the people who work to change the public mental health system have reached a general consensus that helping people recover from trauma and extreme emotional difficulties takes humanity, love, and reform, and less coercion and manipulation to be succeed.

We are struggling with how to articulate this well enough to change the overall environment in which individuals and families come to professionals for healing, and a way out of the pain and despair.

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Susan Kingsley Smith – Focus on mental health solutions

The mental health solutions matter, not who’s wrong or right: I’ve been noticing more in more in mental health advocacy that things aren’t always black and white.  I’m noticing lately that in the work of many advocates is that in order to be “right” someone has to be “wrong”.

Susan Kingsley-Smith talking about mental health solutions at dinner at Alternatives 2011 with Andy Grant, Peter Lehman, Amy Smith, herself, and Rita Brooks.

And this I believe is a source for much unnecessary contention and conflict. There is a difference, perhaps subtle, between advocating change and creating change. Both are necessary

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