Peer support is what’s missing in the mental health revolution
A 2002 report by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors found that peer support was the most effective mental health intervention. Yet very few people can access it, and mostly these people that are already so disabled that they on medicaid. Also, many people have been trained as peer supporters but don’t have jobs. We’re going to bring together peer supporters with people who need peer support. We’re building a mental health revolution website to fix both these problems.
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Right now our mental health system is changing drastically, with many conflicts of interest emerging. The biggest conflict of interest of all is that a person may come into a psychiatrist’s office experiencing trauma, grief, poor self-care or nutrition, a bad job fit, family problems, or other existential crises. Too often these get diagnosed and labeled as “illnesses.” This can be a lifetime self-fulfilling prophecy with diagnoses that are harmful and medications with way too many iatrogenic effects.
Yet doctors are only trained to diagnose and medicate. If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I just wrote a blog on 8 reasons peers may know more about outcomes literature than many professionals. Here’s a poem that describes this better than prose.
My first spoken word video edit on the Revolution:
The Details of the Mental Health Revolution Written Out:
Jobs, friends, family, faith and a way to make our contribution pay
Today we declare our own destiny by making sense of we
Our struggles full circle we come to tell we’re all living miracles
Overcoming adversity is a skill indeed and we got mastery
It’s time to build choices from our challenges
Like balances of what we want with what we really need
We be people of little greed because we’ve overcome poverty
It’s the lesson we learned as our future got burned
So now we build a new one.
Sharing stories, visions, finding new wisdom in our excision
From society, That allows us to see anyone who bleeds.
Compassion? We take action
It’s the massing of our movement, asking civil rights completely congruent
With our human worth.
We see people in crisis as just giving birth.
We listen through the night, whatever you say can’t scare us
We’ve been there before, every door you’re opening we’ve slayed the monsters
Of doubt within your mind of fears you’ll never be able to redefine
the destiny decided by the destination the incalculable hesitation
To reach for complete recovery.
But we believe in your ability to dream
You can learn to support yourself through extremes.
By finding strength in another human being.
And you are one.
Never forget your personal protection, profession of power
Your days of disability are only a decision away from dissolving
We are building a revolving revolution
Of people on the other side of evolution
who know that suffering is transformational, a momementary movement
And those who step right through it might become a brand new human.
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