There are noticeable increases in the amount of attention and words spoken about reinstitutionalization, trending towards a return to the Asylum model. They are dialoguing on the pros/cons of long-term involuntary psychiatric inpatient warehousing with a predilection towards citing a human costs and benefits assessment on how to best support people living with serious and persistent mental illness.
Let me speak to what this population actually can look like to you (from my professional, voluntary and personal experience vantage point):
Reliant on public community mental health services,
Poor, if any, physical primary care,
Sketchy housing, transportation, social supports role,
Disenfranchised by race, culture and spoken language,
US Veteran PTSD forensic and acute service recipient,
Absence of peer services | supports due to philosophy and wallet size,
First time psychosis experience,
Theirs is frequently a daily struggle to practice ADLs, not going hungry, spiritual barrenness, of hearing “compliance” and forced medication, and a lack of hope pervades. Suicide completion numbers are ever increasing with data substantiating hardest hit populations.
My question to you is this:
Is our national collective of a Recovery Community, fringe silo group proliferation, and American community public mental health services failing and is it too late to salvage this for us?
My shared life experience is that I am a psychiatric survivor, and now permanently stigmatized as having a psychiatric label. I live in recovery, am self-determined and strengths based, trauma informed as a peer support and grounded foundationally through peer service and support.
I am formally requesting the collective decision makers behind the national recovery campaign to issue a Call for Action to stake a claim for our inherent human rights and civil liberties.