Category: Community

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Intentionality and Friendship on the Path of Healing

“Thanks everyone. I had a really nice time with you guys today!” Steve’s eyes were bright, his voice high pitched and shining like a giddy child – a startling contrast to the sullen, wary visage I had encountered for the past three months of living with him as a “therapeutic housemate”. Moments later we entered the car to head home after a sunny and adventurous...

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Six First Steps for Building Communities of Emotional Wellness

[This article also is also published on Mad In America.] I am being asked by a number of grassroots communities to facilitate a dialogue about how they can better welcome and support individuals who experience emotional distress. This is a challenge for many aspiring peers and allies in a culture where responsibility for our individual well-being has been increasingly transferred to psychiatrists, doctors, and other health professionals....