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.
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.
Bessell van der Kolk in his book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma writes: “Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
Along with many other critical voices – we are calling for a radical shift in the way we understand mental illness and treatment approaches – 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. Our next one day gathering is Changing the Script – 11 November in Hereford.