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What We Must Do To Restore Compassion to Mental Health

There is a need to move towards a model of humanity and compassion.

There are the times when all of us experience muddled minds, periods of confusion, doubt, anxiety, uncertainty. This is our common human condition. For some, this is experienced for a much lengthier and painful period. For persons in this state to find sanctuary and a sense of peace requires a common human connection. Sadly, much of what is done in the name of 'helping' those who are lost and confused only generates more fear and confusion. We must replace this mechanical and reductionist medical model with a model of compassion and actual human understanding. Though one may be non-verbal or may speak in metaphorical ways, I have found that there is a common language by which we can communicate, and it is often unheard by others. This is the powerful language of relationship. To embrace the diversity of experience, to forge community, to uplift the oppressed and distressed, to seek to understand, to place people before profits, to journey together, to be for the downtrodden, to unite our souls together. This is my vision. This is what we must do. Not long ago, I participated in an interview entitled, Sane In An Insane World, to further discuss this vision and what is necessary for us to develop a truly humane and caring way of supporting those in distress. This video can be found at youtube.com

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Dan Edmunds, Ed.D., D.D., B.C.S.A., is affiliated with the International Center for Humane Psychiatry and the European-American University.


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