Marian Goldstein – Dehumanizing the Oppressors Can Lead to Permanent Victim Status

Marian Goldstein posted an excellent comment on a thread on Mad In America that deserves to be reposted as an independent blog. She consented to this repost. It starts with a comment from another person:

The men and women who raped me and then drugged me for complaining about being raped, calling me awful names like “Borderline Personality,” wrecked my beautiful brain and body with their poisonous neurochemicals.

They are NOT human beings just like me. I never forced anyone to do anything, except make my kids do the dishes. I never told lies to make myself powerful and wealthy.

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Michelle Barrett – Safety Nets My Mental Health Community Needs

Michelle Barrett is a social work grad student who has been encountering opposition for her story exploring the mental health civil rights movement. Her is her story about the penalties she’s faced for exploring the problems with our current mental health community building programs.

Her is her vision for a mental health community: I am still trying to carve out a place where I can provide a service that meets the unmet needs of my mental health community.

Sybil Noble and her husband Jerry Armstrong founded Ark of Friends, the first mental health community run by peers in

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Sugar and Mood Shifts

Sugar and Mood: White Flour, Processed Food, Obesity, and Emotional Distress

Sugar addicts from childhood

If mood shifts interfere with your life, the food you eat can make it better or worse. Nutrition can sometimes remedy mental health problems. Some with mental health labels have problems with toxicity or nutrient deficiencies. These people might benefit from vitamins from a health food store, but most people with mental health labels can simply learn about sugar and mood.

Sugar is a powerful, addictive, mood altering drug, for everyone, not just people with troubling mood swings. How extreme and abrupt

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Ira Stamm on Depression – It’s always been about self-care

Depression self-care was important ten years ago, too.

Recently I was doing advocacy work with the Kansas Mental Health Coalition. At some point I realized that mental health providers were not my core audience and my time would be better spent focusing on building a business to provide market based mental health solutions. But during my interaction with that group, I connected with Dr. Ira Stamm, a psychologist with a whole career working in mental health who liked our approach and offered this guest blog showing a glimpse into the cutting edge of depression self-care about ten years ago at

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What good peer support looks like

Randy Johnson (blue shirt) in a team building exercise to build good peer support in Kansas city

A story with an example of good peer support: Lots of people ask what really good peer support looks like. Here’s Ken Braiterman, our board chair’s story of how he build himself a great peer support team: http://kenbraiterman.com/how-i-built-the-ability-to-be-happy/

This post is a three way conversation that kind of started between Corinna West, and Adinah, our volunteer coordinator, and John, her good friend who is also a psychiatrist. We’re posting this conversation below to illustrate four things. 1) Good peer support has

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How to Move Beyond Trauma

What is trauma?

One of the buzzwords in mental health care is truama-informed care. Many people don’t understand what trauma informed care is. To put in very easy terms, it’s the idea that maybe our mental health symptoms come instead from our trauma experiences. We can move beyond trauma. This is how.

In alternative circles, we often speak of how to move beyond trauma. Also to move beyond trauma we need to examine the basic concept. We published Edward Duff’s personal story and how he can move beyond trauma last week. One definition of trauma that resonates with me is:

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Exercise makes me human

My mental health recovery really took off when I realized how much exercise makes me human

I was on the Olympic Judo Team and trained four hours a day from the age of about 13 until age 22. If I wasn’t at Judo practice, I was working out at home. When I was in high school, there was the night I did 1000 pushups in one night. I liked to read, so I used to make up workouts I could read to, like wall sits, where you sit with your thighs parallel to the floor in an imaginary chair. I’d

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