In the course of Mental
Health Illness Awareness Month I have shared my perspective on many issues involving those of us who live with organic brain dysfunctions. Now that we approach the end of the time of the lime green ribbon, I think it behooves me to share with you where I think mental health advocates should and shouldn’t go at this time.
The following planks are given in no particular order; though I have striven to put the most important near the top, all should be considered.
Do you have something to add? I’ve noticed that when patients are polled on these matters, they come up with many of the suggestions that I have made here. Virtually none speak up for forced treatment or mental hospitals. Effective programs help, not control. We are the ones who know best what it is like to live with a mental illness. For this reason, our voices should never been discounted or left out of the reform process.
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