Friday, 24 January 2014

moral leadership

Yesterday a friend wrote to me in an Email "Moral leadership is what we most fairly seek.".  I looked up the meaning and it said "personal integrity, fairness, aiming to serve, pursuit of a higher purpose, developing the capacity of others.  Building consensus, navigating diversity and establishing unity.".

There's no doubt we need more of this in the world to make it a better place, and in the mental health arena so that human rights are a priority, along with respect, recognition, equality, accountability and doing what is right.  

I also think it's going to mean sacrificing comfort and advancement to bring about fairness and justice.  We before me.  You before I.  It will be costly and painful.  Financially and socially.

It's not something to be chosen, rather I expect it chooses you.  As in a cause or a fight or resistance or a stand.  Circumstances propelling a person to consider or even not to consider but just to act.

Keris Jän Myrick
Keris Jän Myrick - president of NAMI national and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network LA county, USA - on Mad in America 'Dare to Dream: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr' on 20 January, Martin Luther King Day.

"Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said that “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

For those of us diagnosed with mental illnesses and our families and loved ones, we know all too well the effects of these inequalities from personal and first hand experiences. For those of us like me, we also know of the extreme health and mental health disparities that exist within our communities of color. Within communities of color, the first introduction to mental health care is usually involuntary commitment to hospitals, and/or incarceration in jails, both resulting in trauma, humiliation and reducing the likelihood of voluntarily seeking services when needed."

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