"I didn't experience psychosis again until I was 21, 22, having had a short period of homelessness and some difficulties, and the mental health system made sense of it as a biological illness and treated me with medication, ECT, hospitalisation and what have you. But I suppose beginning to make sense of those experiences as a response to life events did come as I was leaving the mental health system, through psychotherapy and through living in a therapeutic housing community with other people experiencing extreme states. But I think personally it has been years later, as I've moved into working more with compassionate approaches to psychosis, that I've had to do my own work again and work out that if I'm going to teach this stuff, if I'm going to invite people to try and make sense of their reality as well, maybe the biggest gift I've had is in doing that with others it has also invited and required me to do the same for myself." - Matt Ball, Healing Voices Executive Producer ... See MoreSee Less
We all have different sides to ourselves. The angry self, the anxious self, the sad self … and then there’s the compassionate self. We head to a workshop which explores the power of cultivating compassion in those who hear voices, and in their therapists.
FREE Healing Voices screening including panel discussion with subjects Oryx Cohen and Dan Sullivan tomorrow in Troy, New York starting at 6pm! Brought to you by Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. ... See MoreSee Less
Please consider supporting our friends at Disability History Museum in their campaign to finish this definitive documentary about human rights icon Helen Keller. The campaign includes some great rewards and the movie will premiere on PBS "American Masters" once complete! ... See MoreSee Less
"In a widely read article on antidepressant withdrawal published on April 8, The New York Times invited readers to describe their experiences coming off the drugs. More than 8,800 people responded" ... See MoreSee Less
"Numerous women in history have pushed back on the use of psychiatric diagnoses like depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder to marginalize women, a practice that has its roots in terminology like 'hysteria.' One woman, Judi Chamberlin, didn’t just fight for the civil rights of mentally ill women - she questioned the entire framework of how we talk about mental health conditions as an integral member of the Mad Pride movement. She felt strongly that mental health conditions were more complex than simple medical issues. Chamberlin argued that society contributes to the experience of mental health and that societal stresses can be used to medicalize people." ... See MoreSee Less
Content note: this post discusses miscarriage, mental illness, and forced institutionalization. It’s Women’s History Month, which makes it an excellent time to talk about the fact that women’s history and disability history overlap significantly; notable women from Harriet Tubman to Helen Kell...