D.A.N (Dignity and Advocacy Network) is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental conditions and achieving victory over mental health issues and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. To create more access to alternative supports along with or other than the "medical model" of medicating and hospitalization. To offer options of an alternative place to move through a mental health crisis without the trauma and drugging of the psychiatric hospitals.
"Concern for the public’s health demands that disparities in treatment and the dis-proportionality of the burden of mental pain be eradicated."
D.A.N envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through meaningful social inclusion that is free from discrimination. The "stigma" of mental pain is something that we ourselves create when we label human experiences as "illness".
About Dan: Daniel (Zippy) Kelson 1990 - 2014.
Dan was an intelligent, happy, loving respectful soul who was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in his early teens because he had cycles of depression. As he reached his late teens, early twenties, Dan began to become obsessed with the world's dysfunctional systems. How people were being failed as far as healthcare and much more. The rich getting richer as the poor got poorer. He talked about how the world should spin on love when in fact the world spins on power and money. People killing each other In senseless acts. Dan saw what others do not see or just choose to ignore. He did not know how to deal with all this in a positive way to help see that changes are made. He wanted to "fix" the world all at once. The pain of what he saw tormented him 24 hours a day for the last couple of years. The very system that tormented him, failed him so. He tragically ended his life by setting himself on fire while driving down the street trying to make a statement in the only way he knew how. This happened just two weeks after being released from a nine day stay in the psychiatric unit while his condition was worse than when he was admitted.
This organization was formed to fight for change. There was nobody to listen to Dan in the hospital...nobody to believe in him...to reach deep into his soul and find out what his pain was from, to "walk along side of him", to offer alternative options other than the traditional "medical model" of drugs and therapy that too often do not work. We must come together and realize that when the medical model is not working, there are other alternatives that do work and can save the lives of people in mental pain. We must ensure that beautiful, sensitive souls like Dan remain here to help us change the world. We must start hearing their message!
Mental health is a fundamental social justice issue.
We require change that is commensurate to the enormous magnitude of behavioural health problems in multiple aspects of our culture, our communities, our neighbourhoods and our families.
Concern for the public’s health demands that disparities in treatment and the dis-proportionality of the burden of mental pain be eradicated.
D.A.N represents a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation. This movement must engage and involve the general public as well as persons with mental and substance use conditions in all its aspects.
Mental Health Issues Quotes
"If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that's what it's all about after all."
"In my mind there's nothing our generation should be more ashamed of that people with severe mental health issues being punished for a disease they can't do anything about."
"The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy."