Labeling in The Mental Health Industry
One of Wellness Wordworks’s goals is to create dialogue with those in the mental health industry, to help shape how they approach their work.
Dialogue will be much easier if we treat the mental health industry as an institution with worthwhile goals it is having trouble meeting, not a criminal enterprise that has chosen to prey on the vulnerable for no reason other than sadism and profits. Because they know that those labelled mentally ill have been subjected to rape, butchery, and genocide in the past, many practitioners in the mental health
Continue reading David Dodd – Treating the Mental Health Industry as a Criminal Enterprise is Self-Defeating
There are many types of advocacy:
Types of Advocacy: Legislative, the New Hampshire Statehouse
Legislative advocacy is pretty much sticking your hand out and saying, “Please.”
Wellness Wordworks’s message is, “We don’t really need more money; we just need to spend it on what really works.”
But many legislative advocates in mental health are service providers fighting to keep their agencies open, whether or not this benefits people receiving services.
Most grassroots or consumer-based advocates have to pay their own expenses to participate in legislative advocacy and are consequently not strongly represented. Some professional advocates don’t even know consumers
Continue reading Different Types of Mental Health Advocacy
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch could save a ton of money by increasing peer support.
Damien Licata, chair of the NH Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Council (my old job) asked me for some thoughts prior to his meeting with NH Gov. John Lynch, whose “broken” mental health system is being sued for civil rights violations by the U.S. Justice Department and others.
Here is what I told a friend to tell the governor about increasing peer support:
Public mental health systems all over the country are becoming economically unsustainable. State governments can’t afford to give everyone with a problem
Continue reading Increasing Peer Support: A Radical Proposal for a Governor
David Hilton Would Not Take Care of Himself
My Mentor Was A Giant in the Mental Health Empowerment Movement
Note: David Hilton, Part 1 looks at David Hilton’s contributions to the mental health empowerment movement, and being my mentor and partner in New Hampshire.
When facts and experience contradict an ideology, rational people question their ideology. Ideologues deny the facts and cling to their ideology.
My best friend, colleague, and mentor in the mental health recovery and empowerment movement, David Hilton (1953-2003), repeatedly ignored his own experience, and followed his anti-medication ideology to repeated episodes of
Continue reading David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage
Depression self-care was important ten years ago, too.
Recently I was doing advocacy work with the Kansas Mental Health Coalition. At some point I realized that mental health providers were not my core audience and my time would be better spent focusing on building a business to provide market based mental health solutions. But during my interaction with that group, I connected with Dr. Ira Stamm, a psychologist with a whole career working in mental health who liked our approach and offered this guest blog showing a glimpse into the cutting edge of depression self-care about ten years ago at
Continue reading Ira Stamm on Depression – It’s always been about self-care
I suggest stop wasting valuable time and energy talking about meds. We’ve known since the meds came out that they had problems. The side effects are listed, although maybe not shared complete honestly. The lower efficacy was well known from the release of each medication, although maybe not shared completely honestly. Rather positive energy can be used to create, and/or promote mental health solutions. We need programs and treatments that consumers can choose to utilize. With no choices there is nothing to choose!
Look at Mary Ellen Copeland, she created a program, packaged it for sustained growth and in due
Continue reading Paul Cumming – Building mental health solutions is our best approach
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