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Beyond Well Science · Jan. 2, 2020

Community Medicine and the Power of Social Healing

FEATURING: Sheila Hamilton, Dr. Bob Drake
TAGS: Community Health, Diversity, Employment, Equality, Mental Health, Psychiatry

Dr. Bob Drake’s experience as a psychiatrist and later employment specialist led him to believe employment may be the most powerful predictor of success in people with mental illness.

By Sheila Hamilton

Dr. Bob Drake prefers to be called Bob, a nod toward his belief in community medicine and the power of social healing. Drake’s experience as a psychiatrist and later employment specialist led him to believe employment may be the most powerful predictor of success in people with mental illness.

Dr. Drake set up IPS Works, matching people with mental illness with meaningful work. The organization now has more than a thousand satellite offices across the country.

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Beyond Well Science · Dec. 28, 2019

The Pharmacological Load on Foster Children

FEATURING: Dr. Jennifer McLaren, Dr. Erin Burnett
TAGS: ADHA, Anger, Depression, Foster Children, Impulsivity

A fascinating look at the trend toward over-drugging in America, especially concerning the country’s most vulnerable children.

By Sheila Hamilton

As many as forty percent of foster children are on multiple medications.

Dr. Erin Burnett and Dr. Jennifer McLaren study, research, and question whether the medications are necessary and whether the families and prescribing doctors are interested in a lower pharmacological load on children’s bodies.

Beyond Well Science · Dec. 19, 2019

A Guide to Understanding Institutionalized Mental Healthcare

FEATURING: Lucy Winer
TAGS: Documentary, Institutionalization, Mental Illness, State Hospitals, film

Lucy Winer’s personal experience of being committed to Kings Park as a teenager drew her to stories of the running of state hospitals before de-institutionalization.

By Sheila Hamilton

Lucy Winer is a director and producer known for the documentary Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution and the creator of Unlocked, a video library and curriculum for researchers, students and professors of psychiatry and psychology.

Lucy’s personal experience of being committed to Kings Park as a teenager in the late 1960’s drew her to the stories of other patients, the caregivers, the doctors, and even the law enforcement officers involved in the running of state hospitals before de-institutionalization.

Beyond Well Science · Dec. 12, 2019

What is Slow Psychiatry?

FEATURING: Sheila Hamilton, Dr. Sandra Steingard
TAGS: Collaborative Network Approach, Counseling, Critical Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Slow Psychiatry, Therapy, Treatment, open dialogue

Dr. Sandra Steingard has an interest in early episode psychosis and has participated in initiatives to better serve this population and their families.

By Sheila Hamilton

Dr. Sandra Steingard is the Chief Medical Officer at Howard Center where she has worked for over 23 years. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Her clinical practice includes patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. She has an interest in early episode psychosis and has participated in statewide and agency initiatives to better serve this population and their families. She has trained in Open Dialogue and is a member of the planning group developing Collaborative Network Approach.

She is the editor of the recently published book, Critical Psychiatry, a practical resource for clinicians seeking a solid foundation in the contemporary controversies within the field.

Beyond Well Science · Dec. 5, 2019

Hearing Voices a Personal Experience of Healing

FEATURING: Sheila Hamilton, Reggie Lee
TAGS: Depression, Hallucinations, Hearing Voices, Psychosis, Tactile Experiences, Visions, Voices

In this stunning interview with Beyond Well’s Sheila Hamilton, Reggie Lee describes in detail the path back to health and wellness.

By Sheila Hamilton

(Warning: Potentially triggering and graphic content)

Reggie Lee is facilitating the expansion of the Hearing Voices Network throughout the Pacific Northwest. Reggie had a spiritual break in the winter of 2012. He went from cooking in fine dining to an earth shattering break from personal identity coupled with distressing voices, intense visions, and tactile experiences, which lead Reggie to a suicide attempt.

In this stunning interview with Beyond Well’s Sheila Hamilton, Reggie describes in detail the path back to health and wellness.

Beyond Well Science · Nov. 28, 2019

Alternatives to Treating Mental Health

FEATURING: Sheila Hamilton, Dr. Shannon Hughes
TAGS: Anxiety, Depression, Evidence Based Treatments, Mental Health, Science

A groundbreaking study demonstrating the power of community, self-reliance, peer-support, and spiritual awareness in treating mental health.

By Sheila Hamilton

Dr. Shannon Hughes teaches, writes, and conducts research about the medicalization of human distress and the role of psychotropic drugs in managing our mental and emotional lives.

She has developed and delivered education for professional social workers, counselors, and researchers on the topics of safety and efficacy of psychoactive substances used in mental health care, shifting paradigms of drug use, and roles of helping professionals in supporting empowered relationships with psychoactive substances.

Dr. Hughes is actively engaged in community education and leadership in the emerging field of psychedelic medicine in Colorado. Her lab offers holistic, person centered, peer based, and cutting edge alternatives founded in the synthesis of research evidence, innovative thinking, and community partnership.

In this discussion, Sheila and Shannon talk about the Alternatives for mental health and healing lab and a groundbreaking study demonstrating the power of community, self-reliance, peer-support, and spiritual awareness in helping young people heal from anxiety and depression.

Beyond Well Science · Nov. 21, 2019

The Power of Peer Support

FEATURING: Keris Jan Myrick
TAGS: Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, peer support

Keris Jen Myrick is shattering the myths surrounding people living with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

By Sheila Hamilton

Keris Jen Myrick is shattering the myths surrounding people living with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

Myrick was the Discipline chief for Peer services for the La County department of mental health  and the director of the office of consumer Affairs for the center for mental health services at SAMHSA.

She is a leading mental health advocate and executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health reform.

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