An Introduction to “Beyond Murphy”

About a month ago I talked about a feature on this blog I called “Beyond Murphy”.   That post is reprinted below.

Several people,  several gifted people,  responded and that feature starts today  with Darby Penney and Kathy Flaherty.   Both are leaders and have been for a long time.

They begin to point a way I hope “beyond Murphy……”

The Murphy Bill whether it passes or not will not be the final verdict on the mental health system.   That is on us.

In about 10  days I hope to run a series of posts entitled “Beyond Murphy: Towards a better place… ”    Some of the possible topics that might fall into it are:  the Murphy Bill,  the costs of the medical model, limits of diagnosis,  effective advocacy, building a consensus for change, the reality of recovery, is an honest mental health system possible,  is mental health about more than one thing, human rights and mental health, hope,  the ethics of treatment,  and the ethics of advocacy.   There are many other topics that might fall into this general rubric.

I am looking for I hope 10-14 people who might be interested in doing a guest blog on Hopeworks Community to cover this topic.   My hope would be to have a series of posts that would all be posted over a 2-3 day period…. In effect a forum on the possibility of real change.   I have already asked some people but am very open to anyone who is interested.  

Please let me hear from you and I will give you more details.   I do not believe the door is shut.   The future can still be shaped.   There are many difficulties,  many problems.   Murphy is neither sentence or destiny.   Please help to start a new conversation.

Again I hope to hear from you.   Please share with others.


3 thoughts on “An Introduction to “Beyond Murphy””

      1. Let me know when you want to start. I’ll be at the annual meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program Oct 29th till November 2rd. I should have a lot of new information on healthcare reform after the meeting and could start a blog in early November.

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