Mental Health

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…

We Need to Stop Stigmatizing Mental Illness

Wednesday, September 27, 2017Trigger warning: this post discusses mental illness and suicide. “How come when people have mental damage, it’s always an active imagination? How come every other organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy, except the brain?” – 

How the Positivity Only Movement Has a Negative Impact on the Disability Community

Thursday, February 23, 2017In September of 2012 I was young, hopelessly optimistic, and terrified of the implications two newly diagnosed autoimmune diseases would have on my existence. Having already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18, I knew that this would be a…

Settlement reached in foster care, mental health case

Monday, October 3, 2011California will be required to overhaul its system for providing mental health services for foster care children under a preliminary settlement announced by the state and disability advocacy groups Wednesday.
Mental health needs addressed
The settlement, expected to be approved…

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