On Distraction and Ableism

There's an attitude-- and it's a subtle one-- that mentally ill people are doing something wrong. Even among otherwise understanding professionals and loved ones, there's an idea that if mentally ill people would just learn to think correctly, like everyone else, they wouldn't be mentally ill anymore. This idea has its basis in the benefits … Continue reading On Distraction and Ableism

Recovery Heroes: Pat Deegan

We share in the certainty that people labeled with mental illness are first and above all, human beings. Our lives are precious and are of infinite value.–Patricia E. Deegan, Recovery and the Conspiracy of Hope From the videos of her many talks and lectures, audiences can see that Pat Deegan is an exceptionally well-spoken woman … Continue reading Recovery Heroes: Pat Deegan

The Ugly Bullet Journal: A Practical Organization System for Increased Mindfulness

I am a hot mess, but I used to be worse. A few years ago, I would miss the opportunity to renew my food stamps applications because I threw the notice on my desk and then just forgot about it, leaving me without food money for a month. I would miss work deadlines because I … Continue reading The Ugly Bullet Journal: A Practical Organization System for Increased Mindfulness