So what is Moving Forward really about?
It’s about real insight, changing life, belonging to a community within society – membership, continuing support, bottom up design of services, the leadership of peers & personal development towards peer group leadership.
In the world of mental health this paradigm is often called “the user movement” with a short label of “Social”. There are two other paradigms, labelled “Bio” and “Psycho” so forming one of those relationship triangles that seem to be everywhere. This is referred to as the “Bio-Psycho-Social Model”.
For almost the whole of the mental health community the reasons for their poor mental health stems from the acts, or omissions, of the others around them. That is poor mental health driven by “Social Model” transactions leading to stress, anxiety, and trauma.
The “Bio Model” concerns genetic susceptibility, imbalance of neurotransmitters, imbalances of hormones, consequences of disease, physical effects of lifestyle, long term disabilities. These factors are often present along with the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The “Psycho Model” includes imprinted & conditioned learning, and trauma from coping with cruel & unusual behaviour deriving from an individual’s timeline within the “Social Model”. The “Psycho Model” also includes the diagnosis of numerous behavioural types that generally identify specific neurosis’ or personality types.
Often stigma is a “Social Model” cruelty applied to those within the “Bio Model” & “Psycho Model”.
Historically proponents of the “Bio & Psycho Models” have clashed over the validity of the others assertions. However, agreement about the “Bio-Psycho-Social Model” is growing, and any practitioner, or service provider, who has a single track approach, will not achieve the best mental health outcomes.
Moving Forward Group aspires to:-
• Never charge those in need of membership.
• Provide community leadership & insight for those with poor mental health.
• Support individuals to act responsibly, address their poor mental health, and to feel respected & valued.
• Establish partnerships to enable constructive “social prescribing”.
• Confront the causes of poor mental health & stigma, by identifying, challenging, and campaigning as necessary.
A Third Way
The Moving Forward Group community will provide continuing support. This will be through membership, not dependency. It is recognised that members will often endure a cycle of “crisis-recovery-crisis”, and that the desired full recovery may never be achieved.
The membership model provides continuing leadership & insight within the “Social Model” to complement the clinical services of the “Bio” & “Psycho” models. This is only right – there is a self-evident civic duty for all!
Self-organisation by those with poor mental health should not be regarded as an antidote to the perception of inadequate health services. In the main society has caused poor mental health, and it could be argued that society should play a leading role in giving relief to those affected.
Most poor mental health is a product of how our society behaves. The Government, the Judiciary, employers, and citizens all have a responsibility to deal with poor mental health. It cannot be left to the health services alone!
Time to move forward!