by Jim Gottstein in Mad in America
Three elements that reinforce each other in ways that can lead to meaningful system change. These are: (1) Changing Public Attitudes, (2) Creation of Other Choices (Alternatives), and (3) Strategic Litigation (Honoring Rights).
Changing Public Attitudes <—> Creation of Alternatives
For example, debunking the myths among the general public that
- psychiatric drugs are the best treatment,
- locking people up and drugging and electroshocking them against their will is an effective strategy, and
- people do not recover after a diagnosis of serious mental health illness
can greatly increase the public’s willingness to invest in non-coercive, non-drug, recovery oriented choices or alternatives. Read more