Editor’s note: We got this recovery story from Jared, the webmaster of SchizLife.com. He’s a true mental health escapee or psych survivor, but we were his first contact with the recovery movement. We’ll repost his blog here with mental health civil rights information in brackets. This will be an interesting note to show the difference between mainstream mental health information, which was all Jared had found to this point. He’s progressing rapidly, though, now that he’s got contact with advocates who know a different type of schizophrenia recovery story.
We Fall to Gain a Frame of Reference – My Schizophrenia
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Psychiatric survivors are people who have survived mental health treatment. We did not survive our illness, we survived psychiatry. The difference between people with “consumer” stories and psychiatric survivor stories are just how you self-identify. If you feel comfortable saying that you survived the treatment instead of the “illness”, then you are in the group that has psychiatric survivor stories. That is all the more complex the distinction is. Some people identify in multiple different ways, according to a survey I did of 54 mental health advocates:
Who has their own psychiatric survivor stories?
Psychiatric survivor stories often include
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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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Right now many Missouri and Kansas mental health centers repeatedly face huge budget cuts. In fact, this is true nationwide. We simply can’t afford as a society to keep spending as much money on useless mental health care costs. Right now the mental health system faces a choice that is also being faced in the energy, agriculture, freshwater supply, transportation, and education. In all of these areas there are market failures causing a re-allocation of resources away from science-based, effective, low-cost solutions. We are subsidizing unsustainability by pouring money into these systems in directions that make problems worse, not better.
Continue reading 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Mental Health Care Costs AND Improve Outcomes
by Gwen Broz, D.O, and Marakame in the Huichol Tradition.
Editor’s note: Our Alternatives 2012 psychiatric survivor community is working on the same thing as the Sacred Fire Community but from slightly different angle: When people come awake and alive, sometimes it hurts and they can get sidetracked away from the necessary personal and spiritual transformation.
Listen to this awesome webinar from The Sacred Fire Community: http://sacredfirecommunity.org/blog/hear-eliot-cowans-webinar-about-taking-the-stand/
Recently Eliot Cowan, author of Plant Spirit Medicine, gave a talk on taking a stand for our planet and why this is so important for our continued existence. Eliot is a
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Self-education about mental health outcomes might be better than school training
My memorial collage for Al Henning who died of depression. If he had known of true mental health outcomes, he may not have given up.
As I’ve learned more about the problems with the mental health outcomes literature, I’ve explored ideas about the disease model of “Mental illness” compared to other approaches. I’ve been struck how much of my education is coming from peers in recovery and not professionals. Why is it that so few of them know that medications help some people, but not everyone, and may
Continue reading Why people in recovery might know more mental health outcomes research than professionals
Wellness Wordworks has been working with two different organizations lately using Consensus Decision Making.
Corinna West with Thomas Hernandez, one of our partners for Consensus Decision Making. He says, "Medications really helped me recover." This difference helps balance our personal experience.
Consensus Decision Making is a powerful process that theoretically allows for minority opinion areas to be heard in a group. One group doing this that Wellness Wordworks collaborates with is the Kansas Mental Health Provider Coalition and one is Consensus KC. We’ve learned that most public consensus decision making is unconscious. It’s not based on data, it’s based
Continue reading Jennifer Wilding: Consensus Decision Making might fix fear based mental health funding
What is trauma?
One of the buzzwords in mental health care is truama-informed care. Many people don’t understand what trauma informed care is. To put in very easy terms, it’s the idea that maybe our mental health symptoms come instead from our trauma experiences. We can move beyond trauma. This is how.
In alternative circles, we often speak of how to move beyond trauma. Also to move beyond trauma we need to examine the basic concept. We published Edward Duff’s personal story and how he can move beyond trauma last week. One definition of trauma that resonates with me
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