Hope is fundamental to mental health and living a meaningful life after receiving a psychiatric diagnosis. Holding hope is a critical task that can be attended to at all points of access to mental health services. Exploring how providers can hold hope for people in their care is a learning activity that can be uniquely facilitated by service user educators.
Psychiatrists are often taught that the best teachers are their patients. We offer opportunities for learning that give form and substance to this truth outside the frame of the patient relationship. Mental health provider education by service users is most fruitful in a dynamic, collaborative context of iterative sharing and reflection.
We create resources and learning opportunities that offer insight and practical guidance for medical professionals, mental health practitioners, and service organizations based on decades of considered experience of mental health treatment, and living successfully with diagnoses of serious mental illness.