'm AN ADVOCATE TRAINER, Pharmaceutical Chemist, JOB CREATOR, and SOCIAL CHANGE agent: In the last 10 years I trained 39 Peer Recovery coaches, 9 Certified Peer Specialists, Helped coordinate 345 Resilience Messaging Events, and made Behavioral Health Recovery an Expectation for as many people as possible. I trained 240 sponsored artists/advocates, helped advocates make over 110 conference appearances, and had advocates increase their median advocate business revenue by 10 fold. My agency was the biggest asset-based community development funder of individual behavioral health advocates in the Central States. Our advocates gave 1747 hours of peer input into over 40 projects per year for over 4 years. I'm a JOB CREATOR: I wrote 106 grants and earned 22 of them, with ALL of them completed on time, on budget, and with ALL deliverables as promised. I pulled down over a million dollars of lifetime agency revenue, trained 19 staff people, and paid over 60 contractors per year for 5 years, with the top 20 advocates per year earning a median of $1,700 per year for freelance advocacy efforts.

The Chocolate Fairy Poem

My best friend, Ken Braiterman, told me that my videos should have more close ups, and interesting video scenery in the background. I was riding around all day last Friday working on developing the Chocolate Fairy project, talking to people on the streets. I rode down to the Scout, Kansas City’s overlook onto the city.…

Medication Optimization, Choice, and Alternatives

This is from Portland’s Hearing Voices Community. Medication Optimization, Choice, and Alternatives: A Statement 01-24-2011 We are people with lived experience of mental health hospitalization, including diagnosis and labeling, voluntary and forced treatment, as well as traumatization, poverty, and homelessness. We are concerned that the present standards of care in mental health treatment be enhanced…

David Oaks: Let’s Stop Saying “Mental Illness”

Let’s Stop Saying “Mental Illness”! It is helpful to use other phrases for people who have in the past been described as “mentally ill.” This is a living essay, and the author updates it periodically. If you have any feedback or suggestions let the author know c/o the MindFreedom office. [Last modified 12 Decembrer 2010.] short link to this article: http://3.ly/NotMentallyIll…