Patient Advocacy Societies That Can Help
Patient advocacy organizations and nonprofits that both support TreatSMI and also offer educational and advocacy services for the seriously mentally ill include:
Hope on the Horizon - Coming Soon
An expanded advocacy and educational resource center is coming soon where we will offer factual information on issues we're advocating for such as increased access to beds and treatment for the seriously mental ill as well as providing information for caregivers for those with a serious mental illness.
By way of example, to learn more about how caregivers can handle anosognosia, read Dr. Xavier Amador's book, "I AM NOT SICK I Don't Need Help!" and see "Handling Anosognosia – Neurological Inability to Recognize Your Mental Illness," by Natasha Tracy on HealthyPlace.com.
Share your stories at Sooner Than Tomorrow, Dede Ranahan's Blog. "People tell me I'm a mom on a mission. I am on a mission. We have to make the case for effective, compassionate care for the seriously mentally ill, and to do that we have to tell our stories. Stories about tragedies that could have been prevented. Stories about the need for beds and housing. Stories about outrageous HIPAA laws that prevent us from helping those we love. Stories about our missing and homeless children and mothers and fathers. Stories about our sons and daughters in jails and prisons and solitary confinement without treatment. And on and on...
We have to do this. Nothing else is working. Not healthcare. Not government. Not prisons. Not advocacy organizations. Everything's fraught with hidden agendas, bureaucratic incompetence, and self-interest. Or lack of interest.
I hear many of you in the mental illness community say, "So much has happened I could write a book." I believe you could write a book. Why not warm up here? Let's bombard the public with accounts they won't be able to ignore. Let's make change happen. Sooner than tomorrow...
Send me your stories. Subscribe to the blog (Click on Your Stories). Spread the word."