It's Time For A Radical Rethinking Of Mental Health Services

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"It"s time for a radical rethinking of mental health services. To retire the term mental illness and focus on mental wellness. To stop containing and start embracing. To recognize that people seeking mental health care are no different than people learning to manage chronic pain. A diagnosis isn"t a sickness or a sentence. It just is.Everyone deserves a life of possibility. To participate in the community without stigma or fear. To have a safe place to live, hold steady employment, and build lasting relationships. To be the author of their own story.Our truths are nonnegotiable. That services should apply to the whole person, not just the diagnosis. That just as no two people are exactly alike, no wellness journey should be either. And that the most meaningful support often comes from peers who"ve been there themselves.We"re partners, not just providers. With access to our clinical care, housing, skills building, peer support, and other resources, recipients can develop the tools to thrive in the community, not survive in the system.We believe the health of a community comes from the visibility of its people. We all deserve to be heard, seen, and recognized and to have what we need to pave our own path to independence.It"s your story. Live it your way."

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