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Heart Forward Conversations from the Heart

Kerry Morrison

The American mental health system is broken beyond repair. Rather than trying to tweak a system which fails everyone, it is time to commit to a bold vision for a better way forward. This podcast explores the American system against the plumb line of an international best practice, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), in Trieste, Italy. The 40-year old Trieste model demonstrates how a community-based treatment system upholds the human rights of the people served.The Trieste story is anti-institutional and models the therapeutic value of social connection. Topics will address contemporary challenges in the American failed mental health system as contrasted with the Italian approach toward accoglienza – or radical hospitality – as the underpinning of their remarkable culture of caring for people. Interviews will touch upon how the guiding principles of the Italian system – social recovery, whole person care, system accountability, and the human right to a purposeful life – are non-negotiable aspects if we are to have any hope of forging a new way forward in our American mental health system.This podcast is curated and hosted by Kerry Morrison, founder and project director of Heart Forward LA (https://www.heartforwardla.org/). Heart Forward is collaborating with Peer Mental Health as the technical partner in producing this podcast (https://www.peermentalhealth.com/about/). Kerry Morrison is also the author of the blog www.accoglienza.us.

Recent Episodes

Is there anything more complicated than our public mental health funding system? Making sense with Alex BriscoeAugust 31, 2021 Episode artwork What leadership looks like: A conversation with L.A. County former D.A. Jackie Lacey and the story behind the Mental Health Blueprint for ChangeAugust 17, 2021 Episode artwork A Global Call to Action: pay attention to what is happening in Trieste right now. A conversation with Dr. Roberto MezzinaJune 21, 2021 Episode artwork Whispering at Ground Level: How to build trust with people suffering on the street. A Conversation with Anthony Ruffin.June 04, 2021 Episode artwork Peer-assisted Mental Health Care Inside the Country's Largest Jail: A panel conversationMay 28, 2021 Episode artwork What is CAHOOTS and why are more and more people talking about this? A Conversation with Ben Adam ClimerMay 21, 2021 Episode artwork Who is Franco Basaglia and why is the English-speaking world not aware of him? A Conversation with Vincenzo PassanteMay 14, 2021 Episode artwork Making Sense of California’s Conservatorship System: A Conversation with Dr. Alex BarnardMay 07, 2021 Episode artwork Once upon a time in the California mental health system: A history lesson with Barbara Wilson LCSWApril 30, 2021 Episode artwork Season Two TrailerApril 22, 2021 Episode artwork Part Two of our conversation with Dr. Mezzina and Dr. Sashidharan: Family relationships, law enforcement, human rights and mental health in the time of coronavirusDecember 19, 2020 Episode artwork The U.S. Mental Health System seen through an international lens: A Conversation with Dr. Roberto Mezzina (Trieste) and Dr. S.R. Sashidharan (Glasgow)December 11, 2020 Episode artwork Fountain House and the Promise of the Clubhouse Movement as a Place of Hospitality and Purpose: A conversation with Dr. Ashwin VasanDecember 04, 2020 Episode artwork He Came in with It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness. A conversation with the author -- and my former neighbor -- Miriam FeldmanNovember 28, 2020 Episode artwork Vocation, Purpose and Bridging the Digital Divide: A Conversation with David Israelian of Peer Mental Heath and the Painted BrainNovember 20, 2020 Episode artwork Our Role as Mental Health Assistants at L.A. County Jail: A rare conversation with Craigen Armstrong and Adrian BerumenNovember 13, 2020 Episode artwork The Power and Promise of Community Inclusion: What we can learn from Trieste. A conversation with Dr. Dave PilonNovember 06, 2020 Episode artwork Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons: A Discussion with author Dr. Mary Watkins October 30, 2020 Episode artwork Housing That Heals Part Two: A Conversation with Lauren Rettagliata and Teresa PasquiniOctober 23, 2020 Episode artwork Housing That Heals Part One: A conversation with Lauren Rettagliata and Teresa PasquiniOctober 16, 2020 Episode artwork Heart Forward: Conversations from the Heart IntroductionSeptember 25, 2020 Episode artwork