Steven Morgan, Soteria Vermont project manager, reflects on working with psychosis. Soteria Vermont is a project of the Vermont state government, which seeks to be a leader in mental healthcare. When Hurricane Irene washed away Vermont’s state mental hospital, Vermont’s government chose to replace it with a network of smaller, community-based and alternative approaches to mental health care. Citizens of Vermont are legally entitled to alternatives to psychiatric medication; Soteria Vermont will be the second replication in the United States (after Alaska’s) of Loren Mosher’s Soteria project which demonstrated in the 1970’s the efficacy of housing people with first psychotic breaks with sympathetic non-professionals as housemates, in the style of R.D. Laing’s Kingsley Hall. The original Soteria was dedicated to using little or no psychiatric medication, and to using that only in the short term to stabilize a crisis.
See the post on Mad in America, too.
An older post on Beyond Meds written by Gianna about the original Soteria: Soteria house and similar programs heal people with “schizophrenia” and other severe forms of what is generally called mental illness
Here is another sweet little video with Steven musing about the nature of psychosis. He’s a wise one, I’m happy to call friend:
Steven Morgan has shared many of his wonderful thoughts on Beyond Meds:
● The Wind Never Lies – Steven’s personal and very inspiring story