Poetry for Personal Power has been working a long time on social entrepreneurship. We are trying to create modular, scalable, repeatable ways of making system change. We figured out about four years ago how to do effective, expandable mental health messaging that actually reduces discrimination and prejudice. Since 95% of stigma reduction programs are ineffective, we couldn’t find funders for our health care messaging program. So eventually we re-branded as mental illness prevention and substance use prevention, and that has been working.
But in the meantime we have realized there are other needs in the psych survivor community. First off, why are so many of us working for free? And how do we get connected with people doing advocacy in other so-called medical areas? A lot of this has to do with professionalizing the career of (ex) patient advocacy. So we have some grants pending to pilot some repeatable, modular, scalable payment systems to gives advocates some income for the work that they do.
We need your help filling out a survey to let us know your thoughts on this issue. If you do unpaid (ex) / patient advocacy, fill this out. Let us know how to fairly split up money and how to help advocates build their careers.
And happy day! My vision rehab is finally working right and my eyes are getting stronger.
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