The Recovery Movement idea follows right along with the philosophy of Mercurial Mind Bipolar Blog.
As a survivor of the mental health health hospital admission process this article strikes a chord with me. It should me just as okay and normal to seek help when you need it from a mental illness just as if you have the flu. I have had multiple experiences in the emergency room over my ten year's of being diagnosed; none of them in the least bit pleasant. The E.R. staff seem to have very little knowledge on mental health illness'. Or worse, they lack any empathy. The experience can be so negative and uncomfortable it makes you want to run out the door, but the armed security guard who sits strangely staring at you prevents this. Yet, I always knew help was beyond those many doors and corridors; serious help I seriously needed.
"If the idea strikes you as radical, consider the many millions of Americans who get help from 12-step programs. Just as a current alcoholic leans on a sponsor who is a “recovering alcoholic,” the thinking goes, patients in current psychiatric crises can lean on people who have emerged from them.
That concept is a central tenet of the national “recovery movement” in mental health, a sweeping shift toward greater optimism that people with serious mental illness can improve or recover, and toward giving them more control over the help they get. People need not be passive patients, the thinking goes; they can help themselves and as they get better, they can help others."
It is with great hope that more recovery centers modeled under the Dr. Fisher's Recovery Movement begin to spread across our nation.