5 urgent actions to right mental health care

We need safe healing care now more than ever

The demand for mental health care is at an all-time high, even in social groups who usually avoid it. More and more of our friends and family are reaching out for care that relies on questionable diagnostics, corrupt research, and overprescription of psychiatric medications that consistently fails to inform patients of their likelihood of becoming dependent, suffering serious side effects and being unable to find help to safely get off of medications when they choose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15.8% of Americans took medication for mental health reasons in 2019; at the beginning of 2021, it was nearly 20%. The numbers are similar in other high income nations.

In his farewell article this year, New York Times mental health reporter Ben Carey wrote:

“How can the fields of behavior and brain science begin to turn the corner, and become relevant in people’s lives? For one, prominent scientists who recognize the urgency will have to speak more candidly about how money, both public and private, can warp research priorities. And funders, for their part, will have to listen, perhaps supporting more small teams working to build the psychological equivalent of a life preserver: treatments and supports and innovations that could be implemented in the near future.”

We are funding the development of those life preservers that are supporting people now and with your help, we won’t stop until all people in distress can safely explore and reach their human potential.

We are asking for your support today and as you make your year-end giving decisions. Join us over these next four weeks as we celebrate how Open Excellence donors are making mental health care better and safer all the time.

With Your Help We Are Taking Action on These Urgent Needs

Together we are bringing about:

  • An honest scientific discussion about what we know and what we don’t
  • High quality deprescribing protocols and real informed consent in psychiatric medication prescribing
  • Power with, not power over. The research and care we envision requires the leadership and participation of people with lived expertise and a transformative sharing of power among the caring disciplines and the people they serve.
  • A whole person, whole society perspective on mental and emotional distress
  • Protecting children. Children are in distress at an unprecedented level and they are uniquely vulnerable to the risks and harms that plague all of mental health care.


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2 Responses

  1. So… Medication is still a paramount path to wellness?
    If this is your procedure and belief, I am not interested in helping you.

    1. Paul, our position is that there can be a role for the judicious use of drugs in certain circumstances. Our aim is that people are empowered and equipped to make decisions that are right for them. That begin with being fully informed about the real risks and limited benefits of drugs and what the dangers and challenges of withdrawal can be.

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