I talk with consumers who display all kinds of coping skills, including writing, eating good food and being on the Internet and I learn that today they are in crisis, making delusional statements and trying to sabotage whatever wellness they have created and all I can say is, why? Despite all the connections that people have to food, housing, comfort and case management, why do so many people ask to be committed to mental hospitals? Mental health survivor groups and peer specialists will talk until the cows start delivering their own dairy products about how traumatizing going into the mental institution can be but that still doesn’t explain why your consumer is sleeping at the Mental Health Complex tonight. I doubt that I will feel better after you answer my first question. But I would still like to know why.
Why am I working in a community support program? Why do community support programs emphasize medications? Why can’t we receive prescriptions for herbal remedies? Why don’t more consumer have pets?
I’m like one of the pesky kids on a tv show or a commercial. Because the problem is, the questions only begin with why.
- Mental Health Hospitalizations (godplacedherinmypath.wordpress.com)