By Ron Unger LCSW
Of all the misinformation people report hearing from the mental health system, one of the most outrageous and potentially damaging pieces is the claim that people diagnosed with conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder should expect to have these problems for a lifetime. This claim is really helpful if one’s goal is to market medications, and to prevent any attempts at discontinuation of the medications, but it is profoundly unhelpful if one’s goal is to create hope and to inspire people to take action on behalf of their own recovery. Because a person who believes real recovery is impossible is very unlikely to exert effort to accomplish it.
Yesterday, MindFreedom International launched a new campaign to fight back against mental health system induced helplessness, and to support the creation of hope and empowerment. This campaign is called “I Got Better.”
“I Got Better” is an ongoing project defying the all-too-common message that recovery from mental and emotional distress is impossible. The “I Got Better” campaign will make stories of recovery and hope in mental health widely available through a variety of media.
Any and everybody with a stake in mental health in our society is welcome to participate, including people who have used mental health services, psychiatric survivors, as well as their friends, family members, colleagues, and mental health workers. To get involved, please complete the brief, confidential introductory questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mfi-igb-intro, this will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Some survey respondents will be asked to share their story on video.