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Another Way | American Association of Suicidology | Back to School | Better Days
Voluntary alternatives to conventional mental health services rooted in community, advocacy, and empowerment. Another Way is a Community Center in Montpelier, Vermont. We provide voluntary alternatives to conventional mental health services. We offer a variety of supports and provide resources for people to lead vibrant lives as valued members of an encouraging, inspiring community.
The American Association of Suicidology includes suicide attempt survivors in their leadership and has information on support groups, many of which are led by attempt survivors themselves.
This webinar will explore how the Better Days approach developed by Craig Lewis can help in crisis situations. Better Days means honoring that you are the expert on you! A crisis is when factors contribute to a situation that for any number of reasons results in a psychic lack of control. Often, these factors are in the form of a metaphorical minefield while we live, work, and love in blissful unawareness. When reality hits, and madness invades you so quickly that you lose yourself; you must do all you can to move forward on your life journey and live life to its fullest.
Presenter: Craig Lewis
Craig Lewis is an Expert by Experience, a Psychiatric Survivor, the author of Better Days - A Mental Health Recovery Workbook, a life long punk rocker, a fearless activist, a workshop trainer, and international speaker. Craig has survived a lifetime of struggle and has chosen to not allow his suffering to be wasted. Craig shares his experiences, knowledge, and lessons learned, in hopes of supporting others in living happier, healthier, and more satisfying lives. This is a ongoing journey and Craig, like all of us, is a work in progress. Craig Lewis' website -www.betterdaysrecovery.com
Legacy Treatment Services Wellness Respite Service (WRS) is a crisis diversion resource located in Ocean County. Serving individuals who are 21 years of age or older and who are experiencing crisis or severe emotional distress, the WRS is geared for people who seek assistance in managing an acute crisis that interferes with their personal recovery and wellness. Guests are able to receive support in a comfortable home environment located in the community for up to 10 days, and an additional 30 days of follow-up support. The WRS is a unique opportunity for peers in crisis to connect, build relationships, gain support to lessen emotional distress.
Ocean County Wellness Respite Services Phone Line: 848-221-3022
Funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
This article tells the story of a suicide attempt survivor and the need for more spaces where people can get emotional and peer support. Click here for the article.
You can learn more about the Living Room model at www.josselyn.org/living-room.
For more information, updates and training opportunities regarding the development of Open Dialogue in the United States, please go to: http://www.dialogicpractice.net
Open Dialogue: Increasing Resources in Severe Crises by Jaakko Seikkula (PDF, 289KB, 27 pages)
Parachute NYC is an innovative project that provides options for people experiencing a psychiatric crisis, i.e. emotional/mental health issues that make it difficult to manage without help. Instead of going to a hospital, Parachute NYC offers rapid access (within 24 hours) to home-based treatment and crisis respite centers where people can stay in a calm, supportive environment, staffed by trained peers. Click here for more information about this innovative NYC project.
Safe Harbor offers assistance to adults with mental illness who are experiencing a crisis in their lives that is causing significant stress, yet does not require immediate psychiatric care or hospitalization. With the support that is provided by Safe Harbor Peer Specialists - people who themselves have experienced a mental illness and are in recovery - a hospital stay may be able to be avoided.
Soteria-Alaska was established to provide an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization under the principles established by the beloved, late Dr. Loren Mosher in his Soteria-House project. The small, community based facility has 2 staff and rooms for up to 10 guests. LENGTH OF STAY: sufficient time for relationships to develop that allow precipitating events to be acknowledged, usually disavowed, painful emotions to be experienced and expressed and put into perspective by fitting them into the continuity of a person's life.
Relationships are central to the program's work
For more information on the latest developments of the Soteria Network internationally, check out: http://www.soterianetwork.org.uk
Soteria-Vermont Development Report by Pathways Vermont (PDF, 1.1MB, 69 pages)
The Wellness Co-op is a peer-run community center that has free community based activities, events, and support/discussion circles. Our focus is promoting emotional and mental health and wellness, including employment supports. We have regular drop in hours, free Wi-fi, a lending library and are open to the public.
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