Sunday, August 7, 2022

Comments by Novembre Mercier

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  • Hi Emily! I live with the same question.
    After 22 years of medication, I’m now free from it since July 2017… and very surprised no one care to study how I did it. I was diagnosed schizoaffective and bipolar when I was 20 years old. I live totally free of symptoms and totally free from meds, for 5 years now.
    I just finished an undergraduate microprogram in mental health called Mentoring for Peer Helpers last year at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. I did my internship in an integrated university centre in mental health and I now work in The Youth Mental Health and Technology Lab (YMHtech) associated with the research centre of the largest hospital centre in Québec, Canada. I tell everyone I work with about my story and no one wants to know how I manage to stop medication and live symptoms free.

    I truly believe we have, the survivors, to reinvent the story and the treatment.

    The medical establishment is captive to its own history of control. Medication, this chemical control, is the only answer they have had for decades. Before the medical system can open itself to a new era of care, it will have to rethink its entire relationship with mental health. These are individuals facing fear of their own mental health, these are systems relying on fear and control of the uncontrollable. Public responsibility is often used as an argument, but this is a debate that needs to be addressed. We lack real solidarity, we do not offer our time and attention to the important things, to the repair of trauma, for example. We do not take care of parents so that they can properly take care of their children’s development. There is too much awareness to be revealed, the feeling of guilt is paralyzing and each individual in the system does not dare to act alone. I would love to connect with you and discus this question further in depth.