I am reading a memoir by Ken Steele and Claire Berman. It is about Ken Steele. He was schizophrenic. He died in 2000 from heart failure.
It is a powerful book.
It is very detailed about how the health care system was in the 60s and 70s. Fortunately, the mental health care system has improved a bit. It still needs a lot of work done on it, but it isn’t like it used to be.
Voices are being heard for the mentally ill. I’m talking about the good voices now. Voices for the right. Voices to get proper care.
We still need parity with our insurance. That is a terrible issue that is happening in our country.
If you get a chance, read the book. It is a good read. Ken did reach recovery. He ended up working for the rights of the mentally ill. He had great influence in this country.
That is what we can all do. Influence those around us for the rights of the mentally ill. In whatever state of recovery we are in, we do our best. We refuse to suffer the stigma. We speak out for ourselves and our loved ones. We get help when we need help. We don’t suffer in shame. Above all, we seek knowledge. With knowledge comes power.