Health Policy & Advocacy
Basic Information

Health Policy & Advocacy

If you experience troubling emotional or psychological symptoms,like depression, bipolar disorder or manic depression, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dissociative disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, an eating disorder, or an anxiety disorder, you may be looking for some information and support on speaking out for yourself.

Perhaps you have forgotten that you have the same rights as other people. Maybe, you may have come to feel that you have lost the power to ask for what you want and need. You may have struggled so much that you have become discouraged, just a little, or maybe deeply.

If you have been having a very hard time, others may have taken control over your life; they may be making most or all of your decisions. They may be doing a reasonable job of this, but you want to take back control. Perhaps you simple want others to treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve.

Whatever your situation...

Fast Facts: Learn! Fast!

How can I become an effective health advocate for myself?

  • Even if you feel you have never advocated effectively for yourself, you can learn to become your own best champion.
  • Being a good self-advocate means taking personal responsibility for your own life, putting yourself back in charge and staying there.
  • Speaking out means insisting that others respect your rights and treat you well.
  • Believe in Yourself - Believing in yourself means you are aware of your strengths, know that you are worthwhile, and are willing to take good care of yourself.
  • Get the Facts - When you speak up for yourself, you need to know what you are talking about. You need to gather information and make sure the information you have is accurate.
  • Plan Your Strategy - Once you know what you want and you have information about it, you may want to set a timeline and even small goals to achieve by certain dates. You may want to think of several ways to address the problem in case one way doesn't work out.
  • Gather Support - It is easier and usually more effective to work on getting what you want and need for yourself if you have the support of one or several friends, family members, or health care providers.
  • Target Your Efforts - Figure out who you need to deal with to get action on this matter and talk directly with the person or people who can best assist you.
  • Ask for what you want - Make an appointment to see the person or people who can help you get what you want. When you are asking for what you want and need, be brief and concise.
  • Assert yourself calmly - Don't lose your temper and lash out at the other person, their character, or the organization.
  • Be firm and persistent - Don't give up! Keep at it until you get what you want, need, and deserve.
  • Debrief -After your appointment, arrange to meet a friend so you can tell someone what happened. It will help reduce your stress and keep you feeling well.
  • Know Your Rights - everyone is entitled to the same civil rights and equal treatment, including people with disabilities or distressing symptoms.

For more information 

Latest News
Shrinking Youth Group Aids Global Decline in Homicides
When Meds Are Free, Patients Take Them More Often
Spurred by Mass Shootings, More Americans View Mentally Ill as Violent
Pacemakers, Insulin Pumps Could Be Hacking Targets: FDA
AHA News: Make Neighborhoods Green for Heart Health? The Idea Is Taking Root
Poll Finds Many Young Americans Think Vaping is Safe
What Do Hospital Cyber Attackers Want to Know About You?
U.S. Minorities' Recent Health Gains May Be Slowing
Paid Family Leave Helps Keep Babies' Vaccines on Track: Study
Don't Let Fear of Cancer Keep You From Doctor Visits
Maker Halts Distribution of Generic Zantac Due to Possible Carcinogen
Could Profit Be a Factor in Kidney Transplant Decisions?
Get Up-to-the-Minute Safety Alerts Sent Straight to Your Inbox
Purdue Pharma to Settle Opioid Crisis Lawsuits, May Pay Up to $12 Billion
Would a Health Warning on Every Cigarette Help Smokers Quit?
Docs Prescribe More Opioids at Certain Time of Day
FDA Warns Juul About Illegal Marketing Claims and Pitch to Youth
Coming Soon: A 'Pot Breathalyzer'?
More CT, MRI Scans Being Used, Despite Calls to Cut Back
Cancer Overtakes Heart Disease as #1 Killer of Middle-Aged in Wealthy Nations
OxyContin Maker Purdue Offering Up to $12 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims
Thousands of Kidneys Thrown Away by U.S. Transplant Centers
Judge Orders Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 Million Over Opioid Drug Crisis
Every Sudden Infant Death Deserves a Closer Look: Report
Your Chocolate Pot 'Edible' Could Hold a Hidden Danger
CBD Is the Rage, But More Science Needed on Safety, Effectiveness
Many Parents Would Switch Doctors Over Vaccination Policy, Poll Finds
Pot Poisonings Among Kids, Teens Double After Medical Marijuana Law Passed
Nearly Half of U.S. Patients Keep Vital Secrets From Their Doctors
FDA Proposes Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes
Many Doctors Refusing Care of People Prescribed Opioids
All U.S. Adults Should Be Screened for Illicit Drug Use, National Panel Urges
Americans' Trust in Scientists Follows a Sharp Political Divide
Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21 Works
Pure CBD Won't Make You Fail a Drug Test, But…
Health Tip: Donate Blood Safely
Routine Screening for Pancreatic Cancer Not Warranted, Expert Panel Says
Researchers 'Spin' Clinical Trial Findings in Top Psych Journals: Study
More 'Buyer Beware' Warnings for Unregulated Stem Cell Clinics
Some of Most Common, Deadly Cancers Get the Least Research Money
Traveling Abroad? Make Sure Your Measles Shot Is Up to Date
Hey! That's the Wrong Knee, Doctor
Blood Donations Needed: Red Cross
Keep Unused Meds Out of the Hands of Addicts
Few U.S. Universities Are Smoke-Free
Need Emergency Air Lift to Hospital? It Could Cost You $40,000
California Took on Anti-Vaxxers, and Won
Anti-Vaccine Movement a 'Man-Made' Health Crisis, Scientists Warn
AHA News: Even the Threat of Homelessness May Bring Higher Stroke Risk
FDA Warns Two Kratom Marketers About False Claims
Questions and Answers
Book Reviews
A Companion to Bioethics
A Companion to Genethics
A Philosophical Disease
A Question of Trust
An American Sickness
Better Than Well
Bioethics in a Liberal Society
Biomedical Ethics
Commonsense Rebellion
Competence, Condemnation, and Commitment
Confidentiality and Mental Health
Conflict of Interest in the Professions
Divided Minds and Successive Selves
DSM-IV Sourcebook
Ethical Conflicts in Psychology
Ethics of Psychiatry
Evolutionary Psychology and Violence
Fact and Value
First, Do No Harm
From Silence to Voice
Health, Science, and Ordinary Language
How to Become a Schizophrenic
Human Cloning
In Our Own Image
In Two Minds
Informed Consent in Medical Research
Is Long-Term Therapy Unethical?
Is There a Duty to Die?
Melancholia and Moralism
Our Posthuman Future
Out of Its Mind
Out of the Shadows
PC, M.D.
Personhood and Health Care
Practical Rules
Pragmatic Bioethics
Psychiatric Aspects of Justification, Excuse and Mitigation in Anglo-American Criminal Law
Psychiatric Ethics
Public Health Law and Ethics
Re-creating Medicine
Responsible Genetics
Sidewalk Stories
Street Crazy
Technology and the Good Life?
The Burden of Sympathy
The End of Stigma?
The Ethical Dimensions of the Biological and Health Sciences
The Ethics of Suffering
The Evolution of Mental Health Law
The Future of Human Nature
The Rules of Insanity
The Terrible Gift
Transforming Madness
Unsanctifying Human Life: Essays on Ethics
Users and Abusers of Psychiatry
Violence and Mental Disorder
What Price Better Health?
Who Qualifies for Rights?
You Must Be Dreaming
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest NewsQuestions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Health Insurance


Amazon Smile

To quit smoking, call Connecticut QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  Please contact HBH Intake Department at 860-548-0101, option 2.


powered by centersite dot net