Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The state of mental wellness

There are a lot of good things happening in mental health service delivery. Consumers taking responsibility for their recovery, motivational interviewing, practice guidelines and the use of technology permit us to work smarter. But some of us rely on the old ways of treating patients with illness and maintaining dependencies on the programs that have withered away or disappeared for lack of funding. How our government justifies taking money from non-profit community programs and giving it to for-profit corporations who have squandered enough resources from greed and ecomonic strip-mining.

We need to support families and communities by holding us all to the highest standards. Let us not settle for less from each other. Set examples that our politicians would envy. Insist on enriching opportunties for our children and places where they can be safe from gunfire and predators. Treat others as we would be treated.

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