Zoom recording of a NAMI East Bay Speaker meeting.
You can view the recoding here.
Improving Outcomes for Psychosis: Psychiatric Survivor and Critical Psychiatry Perspectives by UCSF Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Bay Area Hearing Voices Network offers indispensable peer guided support for those who hear voices and other forms of extraordinary sensory experiences, as well as support for the family and friends who support these individuals.
Through community, we foster belonging, acceptance, growth, and ways to cope, outside of traditional medical models of treatment. We champion the fight to destigmatize mental health and empower individuals to self-define.
BAHVN hosted a community workshop with Wildflower Alliance’s Cindy Marty Hadge.
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Berkeley mental health crisis team has a phone number and a start date.
Soon, residents will have a new number to call for certain emergencies: 510-948-0075
By Alex N. Gecan
Aug. 17, 2023, 3:26 p.m.
The Specialized Care Unit, Berkeley’s mobile crisis team, finally has a projected start date and a phone number.
The SCU should be able to start taking calls on Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day, according to Samantha Russell, director of crisis services at Bonita House, the nonprofit mental health care organization running the $4.5 million two-year pilot program.
Read more here.
The family of Irvo Otieno, a mental health patient who died in police custody, gave the gruesome details of what they saw in the moments ahead of his death. Attorney Benjamin Crump the video was an example of the inhumane ways the police treat mentally ill citizens like criminals instead of people in need of help, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Read full article here.
British Journal of General Practice publishes advice for GPs on Withdrawing from SSRI Antidepressants by Lucy Fernandes
You can read and download the article on the BJGP website: Withdrawing from SSRI Antidepressants: advice for primary care.
This is an important moment as the journal is widely read by GPs, who are the main prescribers of SSRI antidepressants in the UK.
Although there was a mention of this topic on the BJGP website last year, which linked to IIPDW’s video, this is the first time this information appears in print in a UK journal aimed at GPs.
You can find the full article here.
Emotional Crisis Response: The Peer-Run Respite/Soteria House Approach Compared to the Conventional Approach By Lauren Spiro -March 28, 2023
This article is an invitation to open our perceptions to other approaches of supporting people through emotional crisis. Rather than pathologizing behavior we can use curious inquiry to explore the intelligence that is working. “What is this behavior serving or supporting?” or “What is the story that this metaphor is trying to tell?” or even, simply, “What happened?” Thus, with compassion we look for the intelligence that was used by the person in distress in order to survive.
Read the full article here.