Month: December 2017

NAMI doesn’t Speak for US

“So, when I say, or hear, that NAMI doesn’t speak for us, it is because they speak for my mother, my father, my brother, but not me” The Mental Health Awareness campaigns of modernity (e.g. Mental Health Month), commonly associated with “friendly” and person…

The Commodification of Empathy: How Authenticity is Packaged for Consumption in the Mental Health System

We want counselors, therapists & peers to be authentic. But what does that really mean in the context of systems of care? Authenticity is commonly defined as true to own’s own beliefs or without pretensions. My question is how can someone be authentic in…

Living in Two Worlds: Navigating the Intersections of Health and Healing

“It was at that very moment I re-discovered the power of defining new words in the context of our histories can, if taken seriously, create entire worlds and a lifetime ahead of self- learning and re-negotiating our histories in more positive terms” Before I…

Community Health re-discovered: Addendum on the New Gold Standard

The rise of the Modern Health Home and fall of the silos gestures to the system’s attempt at integrating care, but, like most new turns treatment, the outcomes reflected the clumsy practices of the care management philosophy and regulations

Addressing Symptoms: Functional Impairments

We all have our limitations. Some of them more visible to the naked eye, others, more covert, and hidden away from the public but regardless still an internal struggle we battle everyday. As a therapist, I have the opportunity to listen to other practitioners…

Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail Undeniably, our support systems, both natural, and artificial, play a vital role in our health & capacity to heal from sickness. Our supports have several important roles in our recovery & ability to problem-solve difficult situations without incident. It is…