Category: Justice

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Amy Schumer, Gun Control, and Ableism

This was popular on my Facebook a few weeks ago. Original post here. Hey Amy Schumer lovers. I will not be a part of your anti- “mentally ill” gun control movement. If you want to restrict access to weapons for everyone, great. If you want to especially restrict people who have previously behaved violently, that makes sense. If you want to heavily restrict weapons use...

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White Men and Me

It is increasingly disconcerting that the people who have been the most mean and hurtful toward me are, in the majority of cases, white men. In many of those cases, these men attacked or undermined me in direct retaliation to my promoting transparency, cooperation, sharing, critical analysis, and anti-oppressive values.

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Why I Identify as a Psychiatric Suvivor

When I open my workshops I have begun telling people the following: “I identify as a psychiatric survivor. What this means to me is that at a one point in my life I was offered a single explanation for what was happening, a way of making meaning about my life, that said I had an incurable brain disorder that was only treatable by taking a...

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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....