Our name, Society of Pillars for Individuals Receiving Involuntary Treatment (SPIRIT) describes our purpose: to share and mobilize knowledge to create pillars with and for those who experience our mental health system, especially those who experience it involuntarily.
We define involuntary treatment as both mandated psychiatric treatment under the Mental Health Act and police intervention for mental health crises. Though everyone processes these experiences differently; traumatization is reported almost unanimously.
Our acronym, SPIRIT honors the sacred & personal nature of ones own definition of and path to well being.
We aim to create a system-wide shift to evidence-based and holistic practices that foster hope, healing, autonomy & connection, and decrease coercive, top-down approaches.