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The psychiatric crisis system in Western countries reliably harms people at least as much as it helps, and perhaps more. It is constrained by law and insurance risk to act in unhelpful ways, and no amount of money in the world will buy you the ability to avoid it if you’re in a situation that warrants crisis psychiatric care. It has harmed and killed people I love, and many others, and I hope for a world where that doesn’t happen. 

I am developing a systems-thinking-driven effort towards reform of the crisis system that collaborates with the multiple different groups of people who rely on it for support, social esteem or survival. I am not a clinician or health administrator; I’m armed only with knowledge from my independent research and from my years of interacting with the system in Australia and the US to help my family members.

If you would like to contribute, please contact me at jess@psychcrisis.org.