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Community Psychology and Community Mental HealthTowards Transformative Change$
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Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.001.0001

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The Impact of Mental Health Consumer-Run Organizations on Transformative Change

The Impact of Mental Health Consumer-Run Organizations on Transformative Change

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Community Psychology and Community Mental Health

Louis D. Brown

Susan Rogers

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the impact of consumer-run organizations (CROs) on transformative change in mental health. The chapter traces the history of mental health self-help and psychiatric survivor movements and shows how these led to the creation of CROs. Through hard-fought battles, CROs are now a normal part of the US mental health landscape. The chapter reviews the theoretical foundations of CROs, research on their effectiveness, and best practices for the promotion of transformative change, including the creation of empowering and socially supportive environments and policy and community change. It concludes by providing future directions for transformative change in and with CROs. CROs can serve as important complements to mainstream services or as alternative settings for those who view mainstream services as oppressive. As such, CROs can function as mediating organizations or sites of resistance from which larger social change for mental health consumers can be made.

Keywords:   self-help, consumer-run organizations, psychiatric survivor movement, history, social change

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