While Dr. Shipko may have been within his legal rights, he failed in knowing how to help a deeply depressed person. (1) At the very least, at a deeply human level, he needed to be cognizant of how to use empathy or human connections in recognizing the intensely frayed emotions being cautiously and fearfully shown him. He made no attempt at inferring compassion or concern. None. This is at the heart and core of Emotional CPR and other peer-based interactions. Something that inferred he cared and understood/believed me. (2) At a basic level of being in mental health as a psychiatrist, he – more so than ANY other professional/peer/agency in the entire “mental health industrial complex”… as someone who blogs here about what’s missing in psychiatry… he’s absolutely missing the key ingredient – PEERS. Dr Shipko knew NOTHING about mental health resources. He explicitly told me this when we met. I have since then found a veritable treasure trove of local, regional, national resources. I, as a patient, naively assumed he, as a professional in mental health, knew of them. He knew nothing. In fact, he even told me he knew nothing much about Mad in America. I’ve found the local leaders in mental health recovery to be deeply insightful of experiences such as these, for they’ve had theirs too. I deeply wish that I had connected with the local peer run agency at the start rather the end.