Mental Health

We Need to Break Through the Silence on Abuses of Institutionalized Children

Tuesday, July 17, 2018Content note: this post discusses psychiatric hospitalization and sexual abuse. When I was thirteen years old, I was sexually abused by a staff member in a psychiatric hospital. The first time she abused me, she took me into the examination…

Before You Offer Unsolicited Mental Health Advice on Social Media, Read This.

Thursday, July 12, 2018If you have a mental illness and you talk about it on the internet, someone is bound to respond almost immediately with unsolicited advice. Have you tried medication? Have you tried not taking medication? Meditation? Crystals? Yoga? A fad diet?…

Are We Turning a Corner on Discussions of Gun Violence and Mental Health?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018Content note: this post discusses gun violence, mental illness, and sexually abusive behavior. Like many of us living in the United States, I’m constantly bracing for the news of yet another mass shooting. As a human, I’m horrified by the…

Judi Chamberlin: Mad Pride and the Fight Against Institutionalizing Women

Thursday, March 29, 2018Content 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…

Is Strip-Searching a Form of Sexual Abuse?

Friday, February 23, 2018This blog post is part of a series in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project® to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. Trigger warning: this post discusses institutionalization and sexual…

Recognizing the Experiences of People Who Identify as Mentally Ill Within the #MeToo Movement

Thursday, February 22, 2018This blog post is part of a series in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project® to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. Trigger warning: this post discusses rape and mental…

How Life-Sustaining Medical Care Can Trigger Memories of Sexual Violence

Wednesday, February 21, 2018This blog post is part of a series in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project® to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. Trigger warning: this post discusses sexual abuse, rape,…

Activist Spotlight: Sam Dylan Finch – Educator, Editor, Storyteller, and Musician

Friday, February 9, 2018Sam Dylan Finch got his start in activism after he survived a suicide attempt at age eighteen. He began by performing music he wrote about mental illness, stigma, and abuse at local rallies. “I found that, by being visible

Caring for My Mental Health Through the Beautifully Complex Intersections of My Existence

Tuesday, October 10, 2017“If you get an emotional support dog, you’ll just be taking away from people who really need help,” said my dad to me over the phone because he couldn’t understand why his child was so successful but complaining about be…

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