open to discussing alternatives to the tradditional mental health system

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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2 thoughts on “open to discussing alternatives to the tradditional mental health system

    • I kind of understand it. The whole recovery movement was based as Iunderstand on people who really really had terrible experiences with the mental health system. Like were abused in hospitals, psycchiatrist neglected to tell them about severe side-effects didn’t listen ETC. Just also that there was the general feeling like people working with them professionals were acting like they were above them not letting them advocate for themselves. So they created this movement, where peer support is emphasized, being very proactive when geting mental health care, not taking on board everything a psychiatrist says without question and using peer support when possible over professional support. Like anything there’s a spectrum. Some people believe this wholeheartedly, and only use tolls from this movement and do not have anything to do with psychiatric meds ETC, and others land somewhere in the middle using a combination of things. Many I’m sure don’t even know about the recovery movement. I say use what works. As long as people aren’t hurting themselves or each other, and not shoving their beliefs down other’s throat or trying to influence them one way or another I say the more tools around the better. An awesome result of all this has been the creation of peer drop in centers which are free, where people can get support and care both individually and in groups. And also peer specialists which can be quite empowering I’m sure to be able to train and have that role to advocate for others and speak at places like hospitals ETC. And I think even in some states these people get paid by inurance! Others feel free to chime in because I probably know very little about this in the big skeme of things but am open to learning more.

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