Veronica is an award-winning peer recovery coach, helping people navigate the challenges she faced. When asked what or who she credits for her recovery, Veronica doesn’t hesitate to say ongoing MAT and caring recovery coaches, but, she lowers her voice, her colleagues don’t know.
Staff Sgt. Charles F. Pugsley says it reinforces stigma when the military says it’s okay to ask for help, but it’s not. He says the contradiction is worse than the days when soldiers just weren’t supposed to talk about mental health because there wasn’t any ambiguity.
Victor Armstrong talks about implicit bias and its impact during mental health crisis. He says when examining implicit bias, and the trajectory of people in crisis, experts can’t ignore how and when a person of color enters the system.
Shelby Rowe says the mental health community needs to work together to alter the perception of mental illness not only in the general population but also within the very community designed to treat it.