Empathetic mental health systems for all: Experiential insights as a prosumer

Viswanathan, Poornima (2024) Empathetic mental health systems for all: Experiential insights as a prosumer. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health. ISSN 2198-9834 (In Press)

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In this reflective article, I explore and share my personal journey through the nuances of mental health care, focusing on the indispensable role of warmth and empathy within different levels of mental health systems. Living with bipolar I disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, I reflect on the difficulties of accessing empathetic and welcoming care, and the transformative influence of common factors, specifically, the therapeutic relationship. Based on my interactions with several care providers, I emphasize the significant impact of empathy, warmth, and positive regard in developing and maintaining hope and resilience. I advocate for a shift toward more empathetic mental health systems, requesting professionals, researchers and educators in the field of psychology to prioritize these foundational values in practice and training. Through personal anecdotes and reflections, I shed light on the potential of the relationship between the mental health care provider and the client in shaping more warm and empathetic mental health systems

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Prosumer | Bipolar disorder | Complex PTSD | Empathy | Common factors
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Psychology > Clinical Psychology
Social Sciences and humanities > Psychology > Neuropsychology Psychology
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Psychology & Counselling
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2024 12:43
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2024 05:27
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40737-024-00402-6
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/7617


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