How the Privilege of Generativity Helped Me Accept My Family (Part Two)

My three-month psychiatric incarceration seemed to be aimed at discrediting me after I had leaked newspaper stories. On my way to Canada to seek asylum, I was stopped by police. I evaded them for three days through rural towns and surrendered one midnight, from a ditch on a mountain pass. It was hard for me … Continue reading How the Privilege of Generativity Helped Me Accept My Family (Part Two)

The Need to Plan for Your Loved Ones Recovery (Part One)

  In the United States, when a person has what is often referred to as a first break, the courses of action that get taken against them may end up being a crime against their humanity. While there can be very diverse responses from family and friends, there is the unfortunate tendency to turn to … Continue reading The Need to Plan for Your Loved Ones Recovery (Part One)

A Need for Providers who Specialize in “Psychosis.”

A Need for Providers who Specialize in “Psychosis.”   I was hired straight out of college into work in the counseling field. I started to work with an adult mental health population at my second professional job at the age of twenty-three. Since that time I have been increasingly focused on how to make therapeutic engagement … Continue reading A Need for Providers who Specialize in “Psychosis.”

How to Keep “Psychosis” Focus Groups Inclusive:

I fervently believe that having survivor-led group therapy that redefines “psychosis” is missing in the system. Over the last nine years, I’ve been leading what I call special message groups in multicultural settings. I have found that such groups can be run safely and have the power to transform lives. However, I do admit that … Continue reading How to Keep “Psychosis” Focus Groups Inclusive:

Letting the Public Know I Suffer from Schizophrenia

When people seek mental health services from me, I routinely break what was once a cardinal sin to me early on in my recovery; I review my diagnostic history. I do this with love in my heart to help inspire recovery, however, in the process, the “s” word, “schizophrenia,” will bubble up. I do this … Continue reading Letting the Public Know I Suffer from Schizophrenia

Affects of Psychiatric Incarceration

Through a sea of tissues and a hacking cough, I scan Netflix pressing that stubborn button on my Roku remote multiple times. I read the summations of shows for several minutes until I come across a documentary called, the 13th. Finally, I settle in. Resting is not an easy thing to do with that constant … Continue reading Affects of Psychiatric Incarceration

Advocating to Avoid Warehousing

Perhaps, early in my career as a mental health counselor, I couldn’t consider the effect of mental health warehousing.  Landing my second professional job gave me the financial power to leave a ghetto apartment in the most murderous city on the East Coast. Since I was only just entering a Master’s Program, I felt extremely … Continue reading Advocating to Avoid Warehousing

Multi-Culturism in the Hacienda of Mental Health

Back when I was just a yuppie, I learned a few points of wisdom about working through stigma. I needed mentors to help teach me how wrong stigma is. Now,  I want to pay forward some of  what I learned outside the class room  to some mental health academics and administrators who may not have … Continue reading Multi-Culturism in the Hacienda of Mental Health