Finding and Using Our Voice: How Consumer/Survivor Advocacy is Transforming Mental Health Care
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Mental Health; Rehabilitation; Self-Help Groups; Health Care Coalitions; Health Policy
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology
In the past 30 years, the consumer/survivor movement has been developing a consensus national advocacy voice. This chapter reviews three important components in the development of this strong and unified national consumer/ survivor Voice: (a) A consensus by the movement that recovery, wellness, and complete community integration are attainable goals for persons labeled with mental illness in contrast to the traditional negative prognosis of maintenance during a life-long disability; (b) Training programs in advocacy designed and carried out by consumer/survivors, such as Finding Our Voice; (c) Building the National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations, which amplifies the voice of consumer/survivors at the state and federal level.