Monday, October 18, 2021

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  • Psych survivors could form a voting block, and start making demands for change. If we want more community housing, instead of people being sent to expensive hospitals when deemed to be in crisis, then this is something to demand. A house manager, renting a house and charging for the room, board, and other services provided, like counseling, nutrition counseling, meditation, massage, yoga classes, etc., can eventually save enough to put a down-payment on a house and pay a mortgage. If state or city laws allow such houses to be provided for psychiatric survivors, great. If not, open houses for the sober-living community, as in, street drugs or alcohol rehab. (Why is it ok in some places to provide housing for people who were street drug addicts, but not for people getting off psych drugs?) We can ask these questions of legislative representatives, and ask them to change laws. We can ask for help acquiring houses, we can ask for government contracts to run houses, and to get occupants who would otherwise be sent to hospitals, which are far more expensive. A hospital may charge $5,000 per day; a house might charge $500 a day, depending on the level of difficulty and legal risk in taking on the category of occupant. A hospital may charge $10,000 for a ten day stay; a house might charge $2,000. A group of survivors can provide all services, and get salaries, and a career path, with them eventually becoming a house manager, with a house they buy.

    Another route to independence, I’ve just learned of the growing heart monitoring field. Become an EKG tech, as I just did, get a job reading EKGs at $18 an hour, (there’s a class near San Francisco for $400, with books and exam for about $230, in six weeks you’re ready to work, and they are hiring); then become a supervisor at maybe $45,000 a year, and look for other opportunities beyond that. The medical field is growing.

    Community colleges that train people in computer programming are good, too.

    I know someone who went to college for two years, studied computer programming, and was soon making $120,000 a year.

    Psych survivors should not exclude themselves from any field. With 50,000,000 Americans on psychiatric drugs, I’d say psych survivors must be working in every field and every job in America. It’s time for psych survivors to see themselves as the norm, not the exception.

  • Chaya, It’s Cheryl from San Francisco. I’m glad you’re not using your assets to market drugs to doctors. I think we are going to see many opportunities in fields like healthcare and educational software for people who are sensitive and creative, as they can see what needs are not being met, and devise creative solutions.