Where should mental health help start???

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Where should mental health help start??  For too many people their experience is that mental health is not very helpful or at least not what they had hoped for or expected.  The question seems like a good place to start.

I start with one simple idea.  If mental health help is supposed to make life better a good place to start is what makes life better.

  • Dignity  The dignity and value of the people you work with should be the fundamental assumption that you start with.  That assumption should make a difference in the way you treat people.  People are much more likely to emotionally invest in what you are doing if they believe that you are emotionally invested in them.  My personal experience, based on 38 years professional experience and a lifetime of personal experience is this is not the starting point of mental health treatment for most…

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