This morning Fb provided one more advert for me about psychological well being providers. It was for a behavioral well being hospital which was advertising itself as a trusted supplier of efficient assist.
Seeing that submit triggered my continued wrestle to declare, for myself and for at the very least some others, that these providers typically aren’t efficient. I wrote them a submit, and it’s one among my favourite makes an attempt thus far attempting to unpack and clarify critiques of phrases resembling “well being”, “behavioral points”, and “efficient”….
My Assertion in Reply to the Fb Advert
Efficient assist must additionally embody fixing the place individuals had been failed by others/programs. How adjustments to these areas are what was wanted to succeed, and the way asking the person to be solely accountable is a ridiculous and, at occasions, objectively unimaginable ask.
“Behavioral well being” is an outdated idea. Sure, in some vital cases private change options are useful. However so usually additionally it is, at occasions, attempting to show individuals the right way to be tolerant and accepting of unacceptable conditions. That must be challenged.
The opposite private answer usually provided by these establishments is the concept of leaving the unacceptable circumstance. Go away and discover success elsewhere. This could work typically, however with at the very least two huge flaws:
1) It lets others/programs keep away from accountability for their problematic behaviors
2) It minimized or outright denies the truth that typically there’s nowhere else to realistically go.
The programs at hand have few to no solutions for these points, and disavow accountability for addressing them. We have to transfer past the person and embody accountability of programs/others when speaking about problems with psychological well being.
Observe Up Notes #1
In response to a touch upon a social media web site…
1) After I say “change others”, that completely contains the psychological well being care system. Each at systemic and particular person supplier ranges.
2) Agree with acknowledging the variations between the way it may/ought to be versus the way it presently is.
On #2, a part of my advocacy is to proceed to refuse to carry a view that my present circumstances are acceptable, and even tolerable. A view I maintain, that parallels this submit, is holding agency to an concept that…
As is, my life is presently insupportable. A vital and huge portion of why contains the attitudes and designs of individuals/programs as they presently are. When these change, I’ll do higher. When these don’t change, I’ll proceed to be dwelling an insupportable life. I’m arguably not empowered to alter that till exterior circumstances/attitudes change. I’m past exhausted of psychological well being choices insisting that I’m.
That message appears so intensely absent from a lot of recent dialogue on psychological well being.