Laura Van Tosh lives in Portland, OR and is an independent consultant who shares her time with a local mental health authority in rural Oregon. Laura has held policy positions at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, State of Maryland, and the University of Maryland. Laura has worked inside three state psychiatric hospitals including one where she was held in the early 1980′s. She has been active in the consumer/survivor movement since 1985. Ms. Van Tosh has authored and collaborated on numerous articles and was a contributor and peer reviewer for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health. She has served as a consultant to federal and state agencies and has been the winner of many awards including Redbook magazine’s “Mothers and Shakers” Award (2001) for her work in mental health.
January 20, 2013
I continue to travel on the road from medication use to a new life. Lights are brighter, colors more vivid, and smiles are more sincere. I note a freeness in how I feel, although there continues to be some uncertainty,.. there is indeed a new life ahead and the tunnel has openings for us to see.
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August 16, 2012
Those of us who have experienced psychiatric distress, and even those who have not, have had traumatic life experiences; and our chances of living more meaningful lives in the community are enhanced when we begin to examine these issues. Additionally, the medical profession has an important opportunity to invest resources into discovering the causes of trauma and ways to address these issues prior to the introduction of psychiatric medication.
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