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Paul Heroux: Understanding and Compassion: Essential Ingredients to Mental Health Reform

Paul Heroux: Understanding and Compassion: Essential Ingredients to Mental Health Reform

Chances are, you’ve heard some of the discussion in recent weeks about the role of mental health in social problems – like violence, crime, and poverty. What to do, and how to approach the topic, is unclear. Without a doubt, everyone might agree that having access to quality services – without having to wait too long – and being able to fund treatment [so a person can see the process through] are ideal.

So, every community needs a range of services, starting with access to primary care medical care and ending with inpatient and residential care for those who will need and benefit from it. Those facilities – and all the agencies and private practice offices in the mid-range of the service arc – will need to have the lights on, and be able to pay the staff.

How to accomplish that for all citizens is mind-boggling. Heroux’s essay – link above – gets the ball rolling with a call for compassion. Take a look.

By Terry Moore

Terry Moore, MSW, LICSW is an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Omaha, NE. He provides psychotherapy and pain management to adults, often utilizing Hypnosis. He is an Approved Training Consultant - through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis [ASCH], the same body that issues his Certification in Hypnosis.