As we begin this new year, it may be a time to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come, both as individuals and as a movement for social change. I was updating the Academy of Peer Services – History of the Peer Movement course over the holiday break and found myself, with each pioneer of the movement, deeply grateful for and in awe of those who had the courage and the tenacity to change the mental health system to one that is far more respectful and kind than it was even a half century ago.
Patrick Hendry of Mental Health America recently produced a video on this history called, “From Asylums to Recovery.” It is well worth the less than half hour to pause and reflect on the heroes of our movement.
From Asylums to Recovery (23:38 minute video)
The first term of 2018 opens on January 8, and I encourage you to take a look at some of the updates. There are many more resources about our history available now than ever. As we move forward, let us not forget to look back with gratitude for those who brought us where we are today.
We wish you a happy new year and look forward to your participation in the Academy of Peer Services and the Virtual Community.
~ Rita / Community Coordinator