TAPPAS: Thurston Alternatives to Psychiatry Products and Services

At the recent Alternatives to Psychiatry panel, there was strong interest in networking for people offering alternatives to psychiatry in Thurston County (and surrounding areas). This group is to connect those seeking alternatives to psychiatry with those offering solutions and support. It is a place to network with other practitioners and those interested in alternatives.

You are welcome to post your website, events, blogs or products in this group on occasion.

Future visions for this group include practitioner expos, peer support gatherings, alternative medicine fairs, listings on a website for local practitioners and additional panel discussions and in person networking gatherings.

This group does not provide or substitute for medical advice or medical care. Nothing posted in this group is ever intended as medical advice, though doctors of all kinds who offer alternatives to psychiatry are welcome. Non medical practitioners are also welcome and we are all treated with equal respect in this group. Anyone who is disrespectful of the group's intentions or members will be deleted and blocked.

People are welcome whether they take psychiatric drugs or not. This is a place to learn about alternatives and respect diversity.

Three important pillars of this group:

In late stage capitalism and amidst neo-liberalism, it is impossible and oppressive to single out individuals and call their "mental health" their own. Or imply it is possible to be "mentally healthy" or that is even an ideal to strive for, whatever it may be. Mental health would then be a commodity like everything else that can be bought with enough money.

This group has 3 important values.

1. Accessibility. We aspire to find, discover and create ways for alternative treatments, products and services to be available to all.

2. Financial support for those providing alternatives. Accessibility does not mean that anyone should starve in order to offer healing.

3. Alternatives to psychiatry that exist inside and outside the money system. Some examples of alternatives relatively outside of the money system include friendship, connection, hugs, wild plants, time in nature, meditation, gifting, singing etc. We also acknowledge that these can overlap and it isn't an either/or.

Please share, invite and spread the word with anyone who may be interested. This links to Facebook page.