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  •  Are we talking policy, or are we talking cultural? (6+ / 0-)
    needed mental health reforms
    In terms of our policy, I'd say we're currently stuck in the 1950's.

    In terms of how our culture views mental health and illness, we're trapped in the dark ages.

    If we can make the cultural sea change, policy will catch up. Best policy in the world isn't going to help if we don't lose the stigma.

    This past week has me deeply discouraged.

    •  Because the conversation gets pushed back (4+ / 0-)

      from the Left as "pro-NRA" it has been hard to discuss. It's not Pro-NRA, however. It's smart. And it needs discussing. I like the distinctions you raise a lot here about cultural reforms and stigma vs. education combined with actual policy reforms. This is vital to clarify and both parts need addressing.

      Thanks for this bit of distinction. I will remember it.

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      by mahakali overdrive on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:45:41 AM PST

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    •  I'd rather have the policy first and then work (2+ / 0-)
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      on the stigma.

      **Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does** h/t Clytemnestra/Victoria Jackson

      by glorificus on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:54:43 AM PST

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      •  Amen !! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Best way to change stigma is to make effective mental health treatment more available, so people can see that biblical demons are not a cause & illness is not 'a character flaw' in most cases.

        Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

        by CA wildwoman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:50:18 PM PST

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