Many good audio resources exist for families in the maelstrom.
Madness Radio: Voices and Visions From Outside Mental Health is a regular FM show produced through WXOJ-LP in Northampton MA, and aired on KWMD in Anchorage Alaska, KBOO in Portland Oregon, and several other stations. Madness Radio is syndicated through the Pacifica community radio network and shows are picked up by stations around the country and internationally. The show is also available online and through iTunes. Madness Radio presents voices often marginalized by other media, and takes a critical approach to mental health policy, corporate marketing, and traditional medical science. Each in-depth interview challenges listeners to a new understanding of experiences that are often stereotyped and feared, and encourages reconsideration of how to improve care and truly meet human needs. The show respects all treatment and medication choices people make, while providing an opportunity to hear outsider perspectives and overcome misinformation. Madness Radio is part of the international movement for diverse-ability rights, informed consent, and self-determination, and envisions a community development rather than medical approach to human emotional distress.
WKCO in Omaha, NE, offers a weekly radio program called Not Alone on topics of mental health offered through the website of the Kim Foundation. To connect, click here.
Shared Decision Making is an emerging best practice in health care that has been specifically recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Shared Decision Making practices have been successfully used for more than a decade in a variety of health care settings and are also being integrated into mental health services. This podcast from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides a broader understanding of how shared decision making works between consumers and providers and addresses some of the common questions mental health providers have about implementing Shared Decision Making in their own practice.
Social worker Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., offers one of the most comprehensive, effective podcast sites we know on a subject of critical importance to families in the maelstrom. Each podcast is neatly configured into 30 minute segments. The scope, range, and number of podcasts are outstanding. Family members who serve as de facto social workers for their loved ones will appreciate the breadth and depth of what they can learn about social work from this enormously helpful audio podcast site.
Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is today an important standard in health care and is becoming so in mental health service delivery. Families members should know (and support) the continuing application of EBP in all levels of care for their loved ones (and themselves). In this 40 minute audio-visual webcast, families can learn what makes a mental health service qualify for designation as an “evidence-based practice” (EBP), and why that matters to family members and other advocates. National experts describe how research evidence is “graded” to reflect its quality, characterize the level of evidence for NAMI family-led education, and discuss EBPs in mental health care such as supported employment. The leader of NAMI Tennessee, Sita Diehl, hosts this discussion, offered by the Center for Mental Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.