State of mental health care #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

It's important to consider what the right kind of care for those with mental health issues is because the fact is much of what is considered state of art now makes many people worse. Blanket calls for more available care isn't enough if we don't also think about what better care looks like. Pushing for making mental health treatment more accessible is not helpful if the available treatment is just plain bad as it is for the most part now. … [click on title to read and view more]

Let’s stop Murphy Bill (forced out-patient treatment becomes routine)

most provisions of the proposed bill are a giant step back from the trend promoting consumer engagement, empowerment, and self-direction by emphasizing professional dominance on advisory committees. The bill also restricts programmatic initiatives to evidence-based practices therefore frustrating development of innovative approaches, many of which may reflect more active consumer involvement and direction than established practices. The bill will also cut funding to statewide consumer networks... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I’ve lost 65 lbs now. Cutting out neuro-toxic drugs and concentrating on well-being will do that

I've lost 65 lbs now. Cutting out neuro-toxic drugs will do that. I've not done anything to lose weight intentionally...my focus has been on healing. So that means I eat whole real food but I do not count calories or control portions...I have simply learned to feed my body what it needs when it needs it. There has been no deprivation dieting involved whatsoever. It's been a process. The pounds just come off as part of the healing process. It's taken years but different aspects of healing become apparent even while in others ways I'm still sick. It's been a fascinating process really...I continue to learn so much about my body/mind/spirit. … [click on title to read the rest]

I was spanked, and I turned out OK

"I was spanked, and I turned out OK. What does that even mean?" Stop the cycles of trauma and abuse...it's up to each and every one of us. We've all been raised in what amounts to an abusive culture. Much trauma is accepted as normal and okay. Awareness of this can help us change and stop passing it down to our children.

Healing Voices, action needed

Through the lens of individuals at various stages of their mental health story, HEALING VOICES will investigate topics including the stigma of psychiatric diagnoses, the role of trauma, pharmacology, alternatives to the Western one-size-fits-all medical model, and the power of storytelling in recovery.

Healing Voices: a new film

Another great film to support and help make happen. HEALING VOICES Through the lens of individuals at various stages of their mental health story, HEALING VOICES will investigate topics including the stigma of psychiatric diagnoses, the role of trauma, pharmacology, alternatives to the Western one-size-fits-all medical model, and the power of storytelling in recovery.

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