The key challenge: Creating a sustainable and cost effective mental health system is imperative as our society can no longer afford to pay people to remain sick for the rest of their lives. Sharing how extreme emotional states may result from influences outside of the neurobiological model is the stumbling wall and key bottleneck that must be tackled. We need to radically increase funding for mental health approaches that move beyond the status quo and actually cure people of their difficulties.
- Perform rich, dense and captivating spoken word poetry to speak to people’s hearts as well as their minds.
- Inspire people with motivational speaking so audiences make exciting goals and informed choices to connect to and engage with their worlds.
- Create thoughtful and open minded models of extreme emotional states that avoid disease based terminology by emphasizing the realm of experiences along the normal continuum.
- Strategically expand peer run mental health systems like respite care, warm lines, consumer operated programs, peer support, and youth empowerment.
- Investigate fully the long term outcomes that might be possible with optimization of medication usage based on full knowledge of both beneficial and harmful aspects of psych meds.
- Increase the research and evidence base for a peer run mental health system by balancing research priorities to look at recovery effectiveness and empowerment, not just genetic causation.
- Share passion and a belief in mental health recovery as both fun and possible for all people experiencing emotional difficulties.