Below I discuss the documentary Crazywise, as well as share a personal experience while working in the mental health field.
This is a beautiful documentary putting into question the current Western medical model in regards to treating people with a mental illness, and how other cultures have recognized & embraced such individuals.
Hearing voices and receiving messages? Well, time to learn from an elder & unleash that shamanistic gift!
Imagine, will you, a model that incorporates spiritual healing!
“Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.”
The extended trailer is below. Their official website can be found at, https://crazywisefilm.com/.
Here are some places offering integrative mental healthcare:
My vision for the world is that this would become the gold standard of care.
As a mental health worker, here’s a story below that I want to share.
After graduating with a Degree in Psychology, I worked as a behavioral health case manager with the severely mentally ill (SMI). This was a time before smart phones, so I had a GPS.
That day I took a client—who suffered from psychosis—to court. She was really ill, as in she had command hallucinations telling her to stab people. She actually did this to her own mother because the voices told her too. But that day was a day of celebration, as she was presenting a certificate of completion from a recovery program to the judge.
After the court appointment, we went back to my car & my GPS stopped working. It was the end of the day, and I couldn’t call the clinic as it was closed; I needed to bring my client back to her halfway house.
My client didn’t know the directions to get back either. She told me she received a message to follow the new Chevrolet Camaros.
I figured I had nothing to lose, so I decided why not? These cars were popular at the time, so I had no trouble finding them. I recall following one that u-turned in front of us.
It worked, and she was back to her halfway home.
During the ride she told me how she had two voices; one that told her to do evil things and one that told her to do good things—which often confused her.
That experience was one that stuck with me and left me in awe.
Article edited by Laron.