I’ve long struggled to find a focus for this blog. It’s easy to offer lots of material, but a focus has eluded me. One that fits me comfortably like a well-worn shoe, ties it all together, defines my work? That’s hard!
I came up with many possibilities over time that never quite worked out. It’s been a deep struggle! Someone with as many interests as I have, so much energy and motivation: to find an acceptable focus, one that I can live with… it’s HARD!
Yet how can any project reach its full potential without focus? It’s virtually impossible. You can’t complete an epic quest without first naming it, without finding the long path to follow. You can’t!
After years of struggle, happily and at long last, I’ve finally discovered my focus. It was obvious all along, really, but too scary to accept at first. Stigma is a deeply intimidating foe, you see, a dragon that dismays the bravest knights in the land, so to speak. Scary! We’ll discuss it further, in time. It’s a killer of millions. No exaggeration…
I have a long history helping people with mental illnesses learn to survive and thrive: over 25 years as a professional, and nearly as many years educating other providers. Thousands of patients and growing…
I also have almost 30 years experience as a sufferer, as one with periodic bouts of severe and often life-threatening Depression, and thus one with extensive patient experience within the mental health system. Eight psych admissions or so – it’s rather hard to count so many! – have taught me quite a bit. Care quality varies WILDY! Don’t dare doubt it. Such experiences inform my professional practice. They help me help others. Good!
Given these experiences, my natural blog focus is obvious, don’t you think? Really, really obvious! Why not write about what I know best, about what I’ve long offered others in real life?
I have thus decided to call myself the Psych! Ambassador. I will bridge the chasm between patient and provider, between sufferer and professional, as I have done so often in life for so many years.
As it turns out, these two groups are natural allies in our ridiculous, deeply corrupt, ineffective, & inefficient American health care swamp. We suffer together for the stupidity of a system designed to make rich people richer instead of serving patient needs, yet most members of both camps seem not to notice. They display a level of hostility and distrust that hurts both groups. I see it all the time, and I’ve seen it for years. It’s both a tragedy and a waste. It’s long overdue to make it better.
My self-appointed job, my chosen role, my mission in fact, is to bring us together and make it better. To teach folks on both sides of the chasm to thrive and get good work done right. It’s clearly a vast, unmet need. It offers tremendous potential for improvement in both healthcare and peoples’ lives. Huge!
Let’s make it better, folks. We can only win that way. Let’s win together!
Before he totally defeated his enemy in ways they could not foresee, Revolutionary War Captain John Paul Jones answered a British demand for surrender in the same way that I respond to our current unmet needs in mental health care:
I have not yet begun to fight!
How about you?
Where do you stand?
I want to know!