Expect Recovery….seems like a tall order, especially for people that have: little hope; spent years cycling in and out of hospitals; spent years on doses of medications that have left them with metabolic syndrome or worse; not found what works for them; unresolved trauma; minimal or no support systems; unresolved housing and living needs; etc.
The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care was created as a response to the implications in Bob Whitaker’s book Anatomy of an Epidemic. Several people around the world read Bob’s book at about the same time and realized that there had to be a national conversation, an international conversation about the research reviewed! Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, public policy experts, philanthropists, people with lived experiences and family members reached out to Bob who connected us all and the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care (FEMHC) was born.
FEMHC’s mission is to promote better mental health outcomes. We do so by identifying, developing, and sharing knowledge with the public about mental health care that best helps people recover and live well in society. We promote improvements in mental health care by sponsoring research and the development of programs designed to help people thrive – physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
Our tag line Expect Recovery…..The New Mainstream is pretty bold but WE have to be to affect change.
We are thrilled that SAMHSA has just released a working definition of “recovery” and guiding principles: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” We believe this national focus on recovery is a key component in changing personal and public attitudes towards mental health.
In this era of health care reform we must have a societal dialogue that encourages all of us as individuals build a full tool box for dealing with mental health challenges personally, in our families, and for the public good.
Please visit us at www.femhc.org as we continue to build the conversation, discuss the existing research, create new research opportunities and support our professionals and loved ones with lived experience in creating a New Mainstream in mental health care……Expect Recovery!
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