I was first hospitalized while psychotic and diagnosed with a serious mental illness shortly after turning 17 in 1964. The next twenty plus years were a struggle. I was hospitalized in three different states and arrested in two. Fortunately, I have been mostly symptom free more than thirty years now. I have been over many years exposed to the mental health systems as a patient and advocate in five different states. Today, solidly in recovery and retired from twenty-nine years working for in a large power plant mostly as a lab tech, I use my time mostly volunteering as a peer specialist and advocating for systemic reform.
This blog is the viewpoint of a non-professional-a person who has lived a long time with a serious mental illness and seen a lot of change. I feel that I have a perspective that should be heard.