I want to see a change in healthcare because I care about health equity-just because you have a serious mental illness shouldn’t mean you are not able to access the same high quality cancer care available to the rest of the community
I care about cancer and mental illness because too often people with mental illness and serious medical comorbidities are seen through the lens of their psychiatric diagnosis and NOT as people first. Having worked with adults with serious mental illnesses for almost 10 years now, I think it is time to add my voice to the call to ditch the unfounded excuse that people with mental illnesses cannot commit to the often-extensive cancer treatments. I know and have worked with warriors who have beaten all odds and fought cancer with everything within them to the last moment. So, to the skeptics, I say everyone has the right to be scared and everyone has the right to be supported in the face of their fears
The stigma of mental illness can influence how our patients engage with healthcare systems. Many have experienced significant trauma and can often be retraumatized in these settings. CCCEP provides the necessary supports and works with our patients to ensure that they can engage in treatment
I care about cancer and mental illness, because they have both touched my life in many ways
I want to become a clinical researcher to improve health outcomes for people with mental illness, because everyone deserves access to high-quality care
I want you to know that dual health services for clients with Mental illness and cancer are greatly needed. I care about cancer and mental illness because it affects people I love and care deeply about. I want to see change in healthcare because it will be greatly beneficial to the population I serve in a residential group home setting.
I care about cancer and mental illness because we want to promote the best care for all patients and be aware of the patients who are the most vulnerable. I think it is important to be aware of and attend to patients’ mental health needs
To ensure Mental Health is never a barrier to cancer care:
I want you to know that my patient with the severe psychosis successfully completed one of the most challenging head and neck cancer treatment thanks to dedicated team of the Collaborative Care and Community Engagement Program.
My experience with individuals who have a pre-existing mental health diagnosis, who then get diagnosed with cancer is that they generally do not receive information in a manner they understand. They’re often scared to ask their physicians questions; the collaborative has worked to change that. Seeing the benefit, it had to one of the individuals at North Suffolk, gives me hope that we can make a big change in HCP’s willingness to collaborate with all care providers, and teach those we provide services to about their conditions at a level they understand.
It takes a Village…. Working together as a team is essential in Oncology and Mental Health
Even the mental health being in the spotlight in the recent years, people who carry a diagnosis are treated differently and don't always receive the same quality of care. I wish more providers would see the person first instead of the diagnosis.
It doesn't matter whether you are a physician. Your health is in danger. You have to be open-minded. Know that help is there. Get in touch with people, other patients, who have experience. That have me hope.
If you are able to be a multiplier effect in chnaging the life of a mental health individual, to me its the most rewarding one.
With my schizoaffective disorder and my brain cancer, I sometimes feel like an egg. At times it is easy to break me, shatter and splatter me, my fragile lack of self splaying about the room. Other times you can scramble or fry my thought pieces. Still there are times when I am hard boiled and you cannot easily penetrate the hard-earned walls that are me
Caregiving as well as having had cancer and depression myself brought me to the Collaborative. I believe the integration of medical and psychological treatment will greatly improve outcomes for people who have experienced mental health conditions and cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers.
I want you to know that people with mental illness recover from cancer!
This is the wall of the department of mental heath's Erich Lindermann Mental health center. It is ugly and beautiful, it is full of broken parts and creates a containing whole. I see the same broken beauty in myself, my colleagues, and the people for whom we care. i hope the larger community and health care system ca practice seeing the complicated whole of each person.
It was hard, I didn't want to accept that u had cancer when my doctor first told me. I got really depressed. i was scared. but with the help of people who cared about me and you. I finished. I want to be here for my daughters, so i'm very thankful and i feel good.
The stigma of mental illness isolates us from the world and the people around us (even from our doctors) and makes it difficult for people with SMI to get the equal healthcare we deserve.
want you to know / I care about cancer and mental illness because…
I bridge that space between provider and recipient of mental health services and cancer care. With an awesome treatment team, and drawing on a strength from somewhere deep inside, I’ve been able to not only survive but, using my experience, guide others in my books, blogs and clinical work. I do not allow mental illness to stop me nor define me.