Mental health civil rights has grown bigger than me
I’m going to shift the focus on CorinnaWest.com to share more personal stories about bicycling across country, being an Olympic athlete, living in one of the best arts communities in the world, and my own recovery realizations. I’ve now created a Wellness Workworks.com site. The business I created in December 2008, Wellness Wordworks, has now grown well beyond just the promotion of me, Corinna West, as an artist. We now have 8 programs created and a very solid business idea in the process of getting funded. We have 7 board members, 36 volunteers, and 3 part time staffers. We can use as many volunteers as possible to create a revolution to break down the status quo in mental health civil rights. Our list of online volunteer opportunities has tasks that can be done from anywhere in the world. We don’t have money to fight the powerful large disease marketing corporations, jails, and hospitals and their lobbyists. But we have you, your grassroots numbers of people, your energy, your excitement, creativity, and passion.
From now on we’ll be sharing mental health civil rights information on WellnessWordworks.com. This site will focus on social entrepreneurship, peer support, and the creation of a business that can revolutionize mental health care. We aim to create the first all peer provided business where people in distress can pay for their own care. We’ll have a peer run hospital alternative, a call in support line, a worker cooperative where we earn income helping people get online for the first time, and a business incubator that helps people create their own jobs if they can’t find a traditional job. People with disabilities has the lowest legal labor costs in the developed world. Yet we have the highest levels of unemployment. Our business will create mental health civil rights solutions to make profit from these two facts by putting people back to work. Our profit will go back into growing and expanding the business much more efficiently than fighting for limited charitable grants or shrinking government budgets controlled by the very lobbyists we are working against.
We’ll also be updating all the historic mental health civil rights posts here on CorinnsWest.com and re-posting them on Wellness Wordworks.com with more current links and theory. The original mental health civil rights posts will stay here on this site as an archival source. We want to shift focus from pointing out problems to providing mental health civil rights solutions. From now on, we’ll let other activists get loud about the many and painful mental health civil rights problems. We hope that quite numerous mental health civil rights critics can help spread our ideas and solutions far and wide.
This CorinnaWest.com site will stay active with many posts on bicycling adventures, new poems, Olympic memoirs, and the life of an artist. Watch for more of these updates as we plan to create more of a fun persona online as well as the ability to build bridges between communities. Many mental health civil rights activists are only connected with other people who agree with them, so we aim to create a more neutral and less critical space where many people who are affected by our spiraling mental health costs can come together.