Compassionate Mental Health is part of a growing worldwide movement calling for a more integrative approach to mental health – one that relies less on diagnosis and prescription drugs, and more on empowering the person and engaging their social networks. At the heart of the project is a belief that it is possible to begin to heal oneself and others through the power of community, connection, self care and solidarity.
In our next Gathering – Uncharted: Freeing Up the Future – we are once again bringing together people who are interested in new ways of approaching mental distress. Our key message remains that a mental health crisis can become a meaningful turning point and catalyst for change. We believe a culture of compassion and collaboration must replace our existing model of over medicalisation, coercion and restraint.
We are living in uncertain times, but they are also times of possibility when we have the power to shape the future. Uncharted: Freeing up the Future is also in part inspired by Ben Okri’s poem Mental Fight.
Along with many other critical voices – we are calling for a radical shift in the way we understand mental illness, changing the script, challenging stigma and raising expectations. This is a gathering and unconference, but there are key learning outcomes associated with service transformation, moving towards a more co-productive, psychosocial approach.
All our speakers and facilitators believe that with the right support recovery can happen and a mental health crisis can be a transformative process.