Friday, September 24, 2021

Comments by oceanfire1

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  • Thank you, Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson, for writing this powerful piece and for the work you do for others over in Vancouver. It is reassuring for me to know that someone with your awareness lives so close by and is doing the work that you do. I would like to connect with you if that is possible – I’m just over on Vancouver Island and I am seeing the issues you have spoken of. Thanks again for bringing these truths to light.

  • Hi Paris,

    My name is Bryan. My username oceanfire1 was inspired by Rumi poetry.

    I found your approach of taking “the issues all the way down to the most fundamental assumptions and experiences that give rise to them, and then try to reconstruct an understanding that is more conducive to meeting our needs” as particularly helpful.

    I especially found useful your unpacking of the basic assumptions underlying the most prevalent scientific paradigm in the West, that of positivism, and the reasons you believe this paradigm is so problematic. I too believe this predominant scientific paradigm is problematic and have felt anger about the harm it has been causing but up until reading your piece I lacked a name for, and a deeper understanding of the basic assumptions underlying, the paradigm of positivism. I intend to research this area further to deepen my understanding.

    I wholeheartedly agree that this perspective has real merit. I’ve experienced the benefits of a more holistic, interdependent vision and the practices that naturally flow from such a vision in my own life and in the lives of those I have worked with.

    I greatly look forward to your expansion of these ideas into a book which is easily comprehensible and grounded in real life experiences and stories – that will not be an easy task but the challenge will be well worth the effort and will be immensely valuable to both practitioners and the general public. I especially like that you plan to include a section on how the current political system is resulting in profound “external nourishment barriers”. I believe this is key as another problematic result of positivism as I understand it is the situating/locating of ‘pathology” within the person which ultimately harms and disempowers the person while discounting or outright dismissing the existence of “external nourishment barriers”.

    Good luck with this project, I look forward to updates here at MIA as your work progresses.



  • Paris, thanks very much for writing your 2 part piece on rethinking mental health. It is truly a gift to come across your piece today as so much of it resonates strongly with me. I very much look forward to more from you on this topic. I note that these comments are from 2013 so I am curious as to whether you have progressed toward writing your book on this topic? In any case I will keep an eye out for further writing from you. I am both a consumer and a provider of support services and I have found much here today to help meet my needs in both areas. Thank you!

  • Leah, thanks for writing this and sharing it. Some of my own story came up for me as I read yours. I still need to do healing around my experiences. I love that you write “about holistic, community-based approaches to support those experiencing emotional distress and extreme states” – such supports are sorely needed here in Canada as well. I recently wrote to my MP in Canada, bringing to her attention the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies?) initiative that I understand was undertaken in the UK. The eventual response I got from her office assistant was an email with a link to the party policy on Mental Health. I know her office is busy and meant well but I am very dissatisfied with the response. I am not sure how I will constructively channel my dissatisfaction but I will somehow because people in emotional distress and extreme states need and deserve humane and effective treatment and when they don’t receive it the cost to them and to society is too great.