Mental Health

Students With Mental Health Disabilities Are Not a Burden

Tuesday, September 4, 2018Halfway through my time in college, I found myself wondering whether I should bother returning to therapy, either on or off-campus. Despite having studied psychology for a few years and having previously seen a therapist on campus, I felt apprehensive

Florida’s New “School Safety” Law Discriminates Against Students With Mental Illnesses

Monday, August 20, 2018Note: In an effort not to conflate the specific legal meanings of “mental illness” with the intentionally broad umbrella term “neurodivergent,” the following article predominantly uses the terms “mental health” and “mental illness” rather than “neurodivergent.” However, in certain cases…

Anti-Stigma Mental Health Campaigns Often Ignore Our Realities

Wednesday, August 8, 2018I have to be honest: I am not a fan of anti-stigma campaigns. Or, at least, not the way the campaigns are normally run. Let me explain why: I am forever grateful to live in a time where openness about

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…

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