By NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images Mental health coops, also known as mental health advocacy groups, are a group of advocates who advocate for mental health services.
They often take an adversarial stance on those who don’t agree with their views, but they have grown in size and influence in recent years, especially in states that have passed laws requiring them to be open to people with mental illness.
And the movement is gaining in popularity.
“It is really about being open and welcoming to people who have a mental health issue,” said Amanda Nye, founder of the coop and a former state representative in North Carolina.
“We are trying to reach out to people in need, to make sure they are getting the care they need and the resources they need.”
The coop can offer assistance for those in crisis and can also advocate on behalf of those with mental health issues.
Coop advocates have gained national attention over the past few years for their efforts to promote mental health.
They have spoken out against bullying, police brutality, and discrimination in the workplace.
They also have advocated for mental illness awareness and education, including providing training for people who are concerned about mental health and mental health professionals.
In June, Nye was honored as a New York City resident of the year.
In October, NYE received a MacArthur Fellowship for her work with mental wellness.
She is also a founding board member of Mental Health for All, which advocates for improved mental health care and supports coop groups across the country.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have a network of mental health providers in our community,” she said.
The mental health movement has a lot of roots in the social justice movement.
In the early 20th century, the NAACP and the American Psychiatric Association were established to promote equality and to support people who struggled with mental illnesses.
The NAACP had a big influence on the mental health movements and the Civil Rights movement.
But coop advocates are not limited to that.
“When you look at the work that coop is doing, it’s really about taking a broader view of mental illness and the impact it can have on people,” Nye said.
“If we don’t have this conversation, then the coops and the mental illness advocates, we are going to continue to perpetuate this stigma, that people are stigmatized and don’t get care.”
Mental health advocates have also pushed for a better relationship with law enforcement, as well as a greater emphasis on mental health education.
Many coop members have said they are working with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that people with specific needs, such as schizophrenia, have access to the services they need.
Nye noted that some states have passed bills requiring them, such the state of New Jersey and the state in South Dakota.
In North Carolina, the state’s law also requires that mental health treatment providers have a license from the state and that they be trained in crisis intervention and crisis management.
“The problem is, these coop programs are often the ones that are going on behind closed doors where they don’t meet with the public and they don, but we have a lot more to do,” Nyce said.
There is a lot to be done in terms of supporting mental health workers, but the cooptation of mental healthcare coop leaders has helped the movement, Nyace said.
She hopes that more coop organizations will begin to open up and offer services, and that other coop-based services will follow.
“That’s what we need to do: We need to get more people involved,” Nyes said.