This is a new group: “…a grassroots organization dedicated to providing accurate information and resources to families and individuals seeking better mental health.” I discovered them thanks to Tallaght Trialogue and zebdot on Twitter.
They’re not affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (despite the similarity in title), and their philosophy is very different from NAMI’s.
Here are some quotes from Dennis’s first post:
“I’m 60 years old and have experienced great emotional turmoil for the majority of my adult life. I was in the typical mental health treatment system for over 30 years and never became stable or really had any peace or true happiness even though I followed the medication model and was faithful to “take my medicine”.”
“I was diagnosed as bipolar I and the treatment I received for those 30 odd years was refill after refill after refill.”
“I began to examine my past experiences and I took personal responsibility for my mental health and the poor choices I had made for most of my adult life.”
“I learned that my brain rewarded me with each better choice I made. I came to realize that there were solutions readily available for my issues.”
There’s lots of good stuff, with suggestions for people who are trying to get their lives on a good track. Well worth watching.