There seem to be five different types of mental health advocates:
- People who focus on improving the existing system. I used to do this until I got too frustrated trying to talk to audiences who heard never heard of many of the basic research principles that define my work.
- People who want to work on mental health civil rights, to remove forced medications and other human rights abuses.
- People who want to build a new system – a mental health entrepreneur.
- Disease model advocates who are unaware of the problems with mental health care who just want more people in the system
- Disease model advocates who are aware of the problems but won’t admit them due to ego, blindness, money hunger, or a deluded idea that they are helping people.
Why Mental Health Entrepreneurs are so powerful:
Many business people in other fields have created approaches that made old business models obselete. What about Net Flix and Blockbuster videos? What about classified ads and Craigslist? What about all the car sharing programs that make car purchases go down? We can do this too.So my answer to this is to ask people? “What helps you get through adversity?” Our Poetry for Personal Power program does this across Missouri, and we tell people that overcoming adversity is about finding your source of personal power and finding people who have been there. If other people want to work on eliminating force or fixing the current sysem, that’s awesome, that’s just not my calling. We all come from different priorities and perspectives.
I am tired of seeing my friends and family dying of something that has a simple, cost effective solution, of the tremendous amounts of money wasted on care that possibly harms many people more that it helps. That’s why I chose to be a mental health entrepreneur.
I myself entered the mental health care system during an existential crisis in grad school and had many long struggles that many times almost cost me my life. I found a way out when I connected with a civil rights movement of 30,000 advocates nationwide. They showed me that most instances of emotional distress can be solved by very mainstream community building, self-care, and stress management techniques. My friends have known these inexpensive and effective solutions to emotional distress for over 30 years, but very few looked for mental health entrepreneur approaches that would make their programs expandable. I decided to make myself into a mental health entrepreneur because I found it was the most powerful way that I could solve this problem and share our solution around the world.
Our business answers, “What next?” Connect Power provides answers from psychiatric survivors, with outcomes typical of those reported by NazCare in Arizona, which documents a 92% recovery rate compared to 29% for traditional approaches. Our business will bring these locally based pockets of excellence to a nationwide and worldwide audience. We show how taking charge of our lives can improve human rights, alleviate poverty, employ peers, AND provide enough profit to make a scalable business.
That’s my goal.