While browsing a vast amount of twitter users to find as many Massachusetts mental health consumers as I can I’ve come across a lot of profiles that state the person is anti-psychiatry, or has been abused in the mental health system in some way. I’m an advocate of what works for people. I know under the best of circumstances some branch of things or another in mental health services can be causing more harm than good in everyday situations or over time. For example, having to go to a clinic where you have to have a new therapist every year because they’re interns and you don’t have the finances to access anything else. Having a caseworker who supposedly is coordinating all your services so you can’t do anything but wait for them to call you/ meet, and they consistently don’t. I think the worst is if someone gets a psychiatrist who bullies them into medications they do not want or feel they need, that are at the wrong dose or simply the wrong med. And hopefully this doesn’t happen anymore but any abuse/ trauma in psychiatric hospitals, improper use of seclusion/ restraint abuse of power ETC. At the two units I went to that I really disliked it was kind of like benign neglect, we got food ETC but really no theraputic services besides being watched all the time. No groups ETC that you would think would be part of life in such a place. And there was a tech at one of the units who I know felt he was above all the patients there.
I’m outlining these examples and I’m sure there are probably way more. For me, how I have things set up for support, living in residential with case management nursing, therapy, psychiatrist ETC works for me. Volunteering at crisis textline and connecting with others online, reading teen realistic fiction and memoirs are also things that keep me on track as well as sticking to a routine. So I think that there’s a value to have a mix of supportive interventions/ stratagies wqhether one prefers to be on the end of either liking what they’re eting from local mental health services or carving their own path.
In possessing me, Jane Alexander tried what the mental health/ social services system had to offer and it did not work for her. She used spiritual and life style changes to put herself on a path of permanent recovery. Though I can’t intirely relate to everything I was very interested to read her story and I give her credit for writing it and being an advocate for that kind of alternative care.
So I’m just writing this to say I’m open to hearing about alternative mental health treatments/ thoughts. Especially in regard to my Massachusetts support group I just created. I welocome all people and the vast and diverse experiences they can provide to the group.
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