Pause and Reflect

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.

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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

One thought on “Pause and Reflect

  1. Jay Gilpatrick January 4, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Certainly we have come a long way. A ways to go yet. I can’t help but wonder what percent of Americans have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder each year. I lump the two together because many people are self medicating. Whatever, I still keep my diagnosis of schizo-affective private in many circles. I think too many people would discriminate based on the word.
    I wish everyone everywhere peace, love and happiness. That would be a great world. Politically speaking I hope everyone exercises their right to Vote this November. This election will choose the direction our country takes for a long time.
    I think we have to focus more on being a part of the community, friendships and relationships as these areas is where recovery really takes hold. We need to have more of the people who are having a tough time with mental illnesses come forward for treatment.
    Good karma, positivity and personal boundaries will have a lot to do with how well we live our lives.
    Lastly, as above, get involved in communities anyway you can. Volunteer your way to a paycheck. Mental illnesses need not be a life sentence of poverty. Thanks to Rita for the opportunity to comment.


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