President Obama called for a national mental health discussion a while ago and here are the details. It has the chance to be a dog and pony show as our peers were excluded from part of the planning process (making the discussion guide). But the organization that is running this has now recognized that problem and is working to balance different viewpoints on mental health. Here is their recent webinar talking about different points of view in mental health. I’ve been working on this project for two years, and if we jump on it now, we have a chance to really get heard. Here is also more information on the deliberative democracy approach that they are using.
The national mental health dialogues are listed here. http://
This is a very, very big chance to Make Sure we’re heard. The forced med people with all the money will be on top of this already for sure. Many, many cities are involved. The ones with events already scheduled are below but about 30 other cities are planning events so check the map at: http://
1) Invite all your Facebook friends to the Facebook event invite:
2) Write about this on your blogs
3) Copy the text of this post and Email your friends.
4) Call and text your friends
5) Organize a carppor to the nearest city
6) Weigh on online: http://
List of cities hosting mental health dialogues:
- Chittenden County, VT: Monday, September 9, 2013 – 9:00am
- Eau Claire, WI: Thursday, September 12, 2013 – 6:30pm
- Denton County, TX: Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 8:00am
- Kansas City, MO: Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 9:00am (That’s me!)
- Phoenix, AZ: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 6:00pm
- Sedona, AZ: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 6:00pm
- Yuma, AZ: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 6:00pm
- Tucson, AZ: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 6:00pm
- Flagstaff, AZ: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 6:00pm
- Alexandria, VA: Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 2:00pm
- Charlotte, NC: Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 6:00pm
- Washington, DC: Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 9:30am
If you’ve missed me online, I’ve missed you, too. I had a bad bike wreck two months ago and still have a lot of recovery to do from traumatic brain injury. I’m typing right now with a dimmed monitor and sunglasses and ibuprofen. Don’t expect me to be super fast with the responses to comments, but feel free to shout out. I would love to hear from you.
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