We want every survivor, their families, and supporters to enter a system of care in which emotional health gets the attention it needs. Not just for people diagnosed with depression or anxiety — we need a whole-person approach to recovery for all. Systems change is hard. It will take years, if not decades. All of our work — raising awareness and creating resources — is building toward that goal. So are our efforts to develop relationships and learn more about what is needed to drive change across the highly complex stroke system of care. We have also started doing work that can begin to change the system now.
Integrating our message into healthcare provider curriculum: If every speech, physical and occupational therapist understood and believed in whole-person care, and had the tools and time to deliver it, the system would be different. So too with nurses, doctors, counselors, and social workers and other professionals. Curriculum requirements in all these disciplines are rigorous. Courses are already full with critical material. So we are partnering with faculty on innovative ways to engage students in the mission of Stroke Onward. Initiatives to date include reading and discussing Identity Theft, presentations by and discussions with Stroke Onward founders and staff, and working with student clinicians as part of the development and pilot of our book discussion guides.