During the summer and fall of 2014, Laysha Ostrow and colleagues contacted 19 current and planned respite programs to participate in a survey, and representatives from 17 programs responded. We asked program representatives about some of the basic characteristics of their peer respites—including funding, staffing, and policies regarding guests. The purpose of this report is to share information on current characteristics of existing peer respites to inform program development in other states and localities, and provide information for other interested stakeholders.
The Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Crisis Respites is intended for use by evaluators, government officials, and peer-to-peer program staff and managers. It can be used to document program operations and outcomes and to build evidence for the efficacy of peer crisis respites. This resource includes recommendations on best practices in evaluation based on evaluation and data monitoring techniques used by other peer crisis respites. It encompasses a range of strategies for collecting and reporting data. In this context, data is any information that was collected from individuals who use the respite or people working there, regardless of whether people used these strategies for research or for reporting to their constituents and funders.
“This paper by Craig Wagner is for adults with mental health issues and their supporters. It helps answer the difficult question, “what can I do?” by distilling a significant body of mental health research down to a pragmatic menu of 21 proven non-drug options. The focus is on non-drug approaches since these are often given insufficient priority and may well offer the best hope for recovery. It encourages personal ownership, informed decision making and prudent experimentation, since mental health recovery is unique to the individual. With it, readers can better understand, select and enact a set of approaches with their healthcare providers that represent their unique recovery plan.”
“Drugwatch.com reports on the latest information regarding dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. We give you the information you need, when you need it. Our Patient Advocates can answer your medical questions and point you to a specialist. They can also assess your situation and help you find an attorney.”
“To improve mental healthcare by forwarding an integrative, ‘wellness’ model, independent of special interests and lobbies. Integrative Mental Health considers and attends to biological issues, psychological and social problems, as well as the profound need for psycho-spiritual growth. Practitioners take a cautious approach to the use of psychiatric drugs.
We facilitate a greater understanding of the integrative model by showcasing prominent experts who give online presentations and courses. This empowers patients and their loved ones to make informed decisions about the full spectrum of effective options for care. We also provide a center for healthcare professionals (MDs, psychologists, therapists and nurses) to expand their knowledge and skills in integrative methods of diagnosis and care.”
“The mission of DrugNews is to improve patient safety through education. By providing the latest safety alerts, FDA recalls, studies and legal news, patients can discuss treatment options with their doctor, learn of current litigation over side effects, and decide if they need legal advice.”
Book of alternatives to psychiatry around the world, edited by Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann. (Ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives report about their alternative work, their successes, their individual and collective experiences. The book highlights alternatives beyond psychiatry, current possibilities of self-help for individuals experiencing madness, and strategies toward implementing humane treatment. With a link to “Self-help & Alternatives beyond Psychiatry” - Peter Lehmann’s International Internet Portal on Humanistic Antipsychiatry
The Proactive Planning site is intended to be a resource to those seeking information and resources on learning how to safely reduce or withdraw from psychotropic drugs and restore their life while healing the issues that often cause one to seek help to begin with.
“The Lived Experience Research Network (LERN) promotes service user/survivor leadership and inclusion in behavioral health and disabilities research, advanced clinical practice, and program evaluation to advance inclusion and social justice. LERN supports service user/survivor-identified students, researchers and evaluators, and is inclusive of those in academic, governmental, and community-based research/training settings. LERN advocates for increased accessibility in research and evaluation settings, social justice, and policy change, and aims to strengthen ties between stakeholders in the health and disabilities fields: community members, advocates, policy-makers, and researchers.”
Mother Bear connects families, individuals, survivors and providers to share mental health recovery education, provide recovery-oriented resources and create and sustain online and local family support. Website offers interactive, facilitated family recovery education, discussion forums, recovery stories, videos, blogs, news and wellness tools. Toll free Family Hope Line: 855- I HOPE 4 U (446-7348).
The world-wide first book about the issue of coming off psychiatric drugs. “Successful coming down from psychiatric drugs primarily addresses treated people who want to withdraw on their own decision. It also addresses their relatives and therapists. Millions of people are taking psychiatric drugs. For them, detailed accounts of how others came off these substances without ending up once again in the doctor’s office are of fundamental interest. With forewards by Judi Chamberlin, Pirkko Lahti, and Loren Mosher.”
A 2013 film by Daniel Mackler. “In June of 2012, twenty-three people came together to discuss the subject of coming off psychiatric drugs. We were psychiatric survivors, therapists, mental health consumers, family members, and activists, united by a passion for truth-telling. More than half of us had successfully come off psych drugs, including cocktails of antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. What resulted from our three-day gathering was an unforgettable meeting of the minds.”
“Recovery and Renewal is an essential guide for overcoming dependency and withdrawal from sleeping pills, other benzodiazepine tranquillisers and antidepressants. It is a useful, insightful and incredibly courageous book which delivers everything you need to know before, during and after. Family and friends will better understand the experience and will be equipped to give support. Doctors, counsellors, rehabilitation staff, recovery and mental health organisations will gain invaluable insight critical to providing best care. All proceeds from the sale of this book are paid to the Recovery Road charity.”
Written by Peter Breggin, MD and David Cohen, PhD in 2007, this book seeks to “expose the shortcomings of psychiatric drugs and to guide patients and doctors through the process of withdrawing from them.”
The Drug Industry Document Archive (DIDA) contains internal corporate documents from large pharmaceutical companies including Merck, Parke-Davis, Wyeth, and Pfizer. These documents reveal questionable drug industry practices concerning clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education.
Offers a prescription for critical thinking about psychotropic medications and a more balanced evaluation of the “prescription situation” based on ethical codes of practice of medical and non-medical helping professions.
Aims to sharpen critical skills of mental health and child welfare professionals assessing and practicing with children and adolescents who may be medicated with psychiatric drugs.
Tries to close gaps between research and practice to maximize opportunities to help clients and avoid harm
Emphasizes the ethical dictate: “First, do no harm” and recommends:
Use of psychotropic medications that have been reported to have serious adverse effects in children – including death – should be halted as first-line interventions until research demonstrates that both short- and long-term benefits outweigh the already known risks.
Psychosocial interventions for children’s behavioral problems have been empirically-validated and should be implemented as first-line interventions.
All investigators and consultants have agreed to forego pharmaceutical industry funding for the entire duration of this project in order to reduce financial conflicts of interest.
This video provides some basic guidance for anyone considering reducing or coming off psychiatric medications and their supporters, which is discussed in greater detail in the Harm Reduction Guide. This video and Guide are in the spirit of peer support and mutual aid for educational purposes, and not medical advice. (While everyone is different, coming off medications, especially abruptly, can sometimes be dangerous. Seek support when possible and use caution.)
AntiDepAware promotes awareness of the dangers of antidepressants, in particular to the problem of antidepressants “being prescribed to those who are not depressed, to whom they are likely to do more harm than good.” The the site offers a link to inquest reports in England and Wales over the past 10 years, found mostly in the online archives of local newspapers.
The International Network of Integrative Mental Health (INIMH) is a “A global organization to advance an integrative whole person approach to mental health through education, research, networking and advocacy.”