By Elvia Knoll – My Most Needed Mental Health System Reforms

Access to fresh. organic food is a needed mental health system reform.

These are some of my opinions about what should happen in Mental Health Reform NOW…. and what I’m trying to get our group to have an impact on. These are broad sweeping statements focused on the overall objective and outcome- they are ambitious and they will require community involvement and organization.WHOLE BODY HEALTH & HEALING:

1. MEDICATION TRUTHFULNESS as a partial, transitional solution, rather than as the sole focus of treatment.

a. MEDICATION FREEDOM. the right of individuals to choose to take or not take medications- and access

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By Diane Engster – The Trouble with Judgmental Mental Health Words, Part 1 of 2

Mental Health Words: "SMI"

Judgmental mental health words, like “high functioning” prejudice care givers and prevent recovery when people believe and internalize them.

Stop using mental health words like “SMI” (severely mentally ill) or “high-functioning” or “low-functioning.” Sitting in judgment of others is not part of your job description. You can hardly give hope if you hold others in such low regard.

If you’re too busy passing judgment on others, applying mental health words, you won’t have time to engage them and find out their hopes and dreams and what happened to them to shatter those hopes and dreams.

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Clif Wright – Helpers Must Love and Listen

Helpers must love before they help

I would say to anyone wanting to become any kind of helper, no matter what their title, is helpers must love and listen.

This is manifest over and over in interactions with so-called consumers, clients, people in trouble, at risk, in transition, recovery, well and not so well.  Folks like you and me trying to find their way.

Each of us is whole and complete and able within ourselves, capable of finding solutions within ourselves, finding a way to navigate our troubled waters,  Though the solutions we are within us, sometimes we need

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