Beyond Well Science · Jan. 2, 2020
Community Medicine and the Power of Social Healing
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.
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.
Beyond Well · Dec. 13, 2019
The Pitfalls and Privilege of Helping People in Crisis
Sheila talks with C. Lamar Frizzell about the enormous pressure facing psychiatric hospitals due to an explosion of people in crisis.
C. Lamar Frizzell, CEO of Cedar Hills Hospital, has worked in the field of behavioral healthcare for over 20 years.
Most recently, Frizzell held a similar role at Willow Creek Behavioral Health located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Frizzell brings practical experience as a line-staff member and is educated in the fields of both Mental Health and Divinity
In this interview, Sheila talks with Frizzell about the enormous pressure facing psychiatric hospitals because of an explosion of people in crisis. There are never enough beds, care is complicated, and psychiatric doctors and nurses are in short supply.
Frizzell’s personal history growing up in a home where mental health problems were abundant informs his compassion and empathy for people in crisis.
Beyond Well Science · Nov. 28, 2019
Alternatives to Treating Mental Health
A groundbreaking study demonstrating the power of community, self-reliance, peer-support, and spiritual awareness in treating mental health.
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.