Yana Jacobs and I both served at medication free madness sanctuaries. She at Soteria House and I at I-Ward. In this television interview, Yana shares about the wonderful SAMSHA pilot project, peer respite center she got started in Santa Cruz, and then I tell about what it is like to serve at a medication free madness sanctuary, and how three of them came to be open at the same time in the San Francisco Bay Area!
We both estimate that if such medication free madness sanctuaries were available today, that at least 50% of people would not be stuck in the revolving door of the mental health system indefinitely.
The Santa Cruz peer respite center carries the spirit of that alternative vision, that Yana was part of creating at Loren Moshers’ Soteria House.
In the interview I joked that one would need to look long and hard to find 2 therapists sitting at the same table who had actually spent years working in medication free madness sanctuaries with people in full blown, acute madness processes.
The fact that there are hardly any mental health caregivers with that experience, is of course a tragic sign of the dominance of the medical model of bio- psychiatry.
But as you will see, Yana and I believe the tide is turning!
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