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David Oaks makes a very good point. I am a provider of services as well as a survivor of treatment. It is as if we are not even adequate to speak to issues that, upon close examination, have been articulated and spoken to in numerous research, educational, and most importantly experiential forums. This is fundamentally discriminatory as well as ignoring a valuable resource that has led the movement for recovery, improved interventions for trauma, and the improvement of health outcomes for peers [studies show that persons with mental health labels die much sooner than the "normal" population].
Mr. Roberts to many of us seems to be a progressive and inclusive leader, and has suggested the addition of peer workers on each of his ward teams  and on the larger department administrator's tribunal. However, he faces the same professional barriers that have made the hospital an expensive and dangerous nightmare.
One of the aspects of this is the failure to look at those receiving the care as fully human and fully able to articulate their circumstances that could lead to their recovery and seeing them as relevant to their own lives and desires, which contrary to the practice [not the rhetoric] of the hospital, is possible.
Hopefully someone will change the outcomes along with the new facilities, though thus far, words have -not- resulted in action or the inclusion in the discussion of those that have the lived experience of the "mental health system." This usually means passing through the terrors of becoming part of the system and acquiring derogatory clinical labels that will stalk them for life, which of itself is enough to traumatize someone.
Drake Ewbank - Springfield OR
posted 2 years, 1 month ago
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