mh and leftism 

we have therapists who will address internal issues with various therapies

we have psychiatrists who will prescribe medication to address internal issues

why don't we have social workers for everyone to address external issues? some rad person who helps you escape the hells of modern society, find community and resources, and establish a life that is a little more bearable.

mh and leftism 

that's what I went into institutional mh systems mostly looking for. it's what I most needed. but I had to figure out all of that on my own, and I was just given non-working therapies (as they can't address external issues), and medication that just quieted the external existential horror a bit

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like why don't we have a person in our lives we see regularly who is just like: "how is your job/career going? Do you want some help finding something new? Oh you are having trouble with a landlord? I think I can find you some help with that ?"

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@kawaiipunk not quite. For example, if you are having trouble with rent. They could help you navigate resources to get help

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles I think some unions do have hardship funds though or informal networks of mutual aid.

I'm totally with you on all this though! I think about it a lot.

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles I'd be interested in hearing more about your journey to finding external conditions that aren't awful, if you have the spoons. I cannot seem to find work that I don't get burnt out on in 6 months

mh and leftism 

@glitterwitch I imagine this is different for everyone.

For me, it was finding a job I could ethically be OK with, made enough money to not be struggling everyday, and had good enough benefits such that my health wasn't in jeopardy. The work I found was taking a big step down in my old career and moving to state ran tech support for a community college. My work is much less stressful. I think community colleges are a net good. I am part of a union that makes sure I get good benefits and protections.

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@glitterwitch having just that piece in place helped me escape a bunch of the existential dread and horror of tech. I had tried working as a tech for a food co-op for two years but the pay was too low to survive on. So, finding this balance has been good for me.

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@glitterwitch once that part of my life was in place, I've been able to spend more of the last 10 months finding structure, support, and outreach to live my life in a way that I feel ... more OK than I did.

It's not like I'm free from the horrors of society, but I don't feel like I'm drowning as much.

mh and leftism 

@glitterwitch other than that it was things like taking care of actually dealing with my huge amount of debt, escaping from stalkers, finding a level of involvement in activism where my life wasn't being threatened constantly, etc.

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@showerpickles thank you very much for sharing.
I have really struggled to find employment that isn't like, time limited or for nonprofits that want you to care so damn hard. my skill set is kinda all over the place, which doesn't help. but i guess I do feel like each lil internship or whatever has brought me one step closer to the ideal. I'm so tired tho lol. maybe it's the autism, but I end up taking 6 months off after every job ends. hard to fit that into Adult Career models

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@glitterwitch yeah, I hear you. Finding this work was not easy, and took me years.

That's where I think having an assigned radical social worker would have been really helpful 😆

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles deffo! a radical, ability-aware social worker.

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles we know why. That's antithetical to the hierarchy.

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@showerpickles Traditionally, that's ... sometimes ... a role played by religion and a local leader (priest, pastor, rabbbi, imam, etc.).

Noted by an athiest of no particular affiliation.

There is a marketised veersion of this in the form of life / professional coaches. Some therapists fill this role. In some contexts, coaches or teachers (generally for children / teens).

There's a seriously balkanised set of social services, varying greatly by region, many of which are extreme cases of the left hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.

In general though I'd agree that this is an unfilled niche.

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@showerpickles There's also ... at least some movement toward the notion that certain stress-related conditions are at least in part adaptations to external circumstances:

What if mental disorders like anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder aren’t mental disorders at all? In a compelling new paper, biological anthropologists call on the scientific community to rethink mental illness. With a thorough review of the evidence, they show good reasons to think of depression or PTSD as responses to adversity rather than chemical imbalances. And ADHD could be a way of functioning that evolved in an ancestral environment, but doesn’t match the way we live today.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisonescalante/2020/08/11/researchers-doubt-that-certain-mental-disorders-are-disorders-at-all/

The paper:

Mental health is biological health: Why tackling “diseases of the mind” is an imperative for biological anthropology in the 21st century
Kristen L. Syme Edward H. Hagen
First published: 24 November 2019
https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23965

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ajpa.23965

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles to do that we'd have to collectively acknowledge systemic issues, i.e. people would have to notice that they live in a horrible hellworld and their suffering isn't just part of some death cult of "individual responsibility"

and uh that doesn't seem to be happening much :(

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles I think about this a lot. I feel like this would have to be part of any major anti-poverty effort. Everyone gets a case worker who can hook them up with care, housing, resources, tools, etc.

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@InternetEh @showerpickles this would help my neurodivergent, highly specialized engineerbrain do something useful, instead of burning out on the first 1/2 of a phone conversation with an unfamiliar person.

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@eryn @InternetEh @showerpickles I think I read that there used to be Mutual Aid societies that kinda functioned like this.

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles so much this. i've been in situations (a lot of them, especially collective living situations) where having someone tell me "the reason that this isn't working is that it's not going to work. so let's work on finding you something that does" likely would've helped everybody.

same goes for any number of things, from food shopping to you name it

mh and leftism 

@showerpickles strongly agreed... we need a real cohesive strategy to divest and heal from capitalism’s many traumas, not just patch folks up and throw them back into the mill. or expect them to do it solo and magically not have things become much worse

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@mood @showerpickles this.

so very, very much this.

my collective has been trying to figure out that ideal plan solo but...it is not working fast enough.

Some of this stuff is in theory an administrative aide sort of role, but even then you have to hire someone for that...which brings us back to capitalism gatekeeping necessary functions from people who need it the most.

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@showerpickles

In the UK there is Citizens Advice Bureau which is a non-profit that helps you navigate modern society. They have walk-in storefronts in many cities here.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

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