Today I found myself walking around the University’s campus before class. I was thoroughly enjoying myself. The temperature in the hallways was perfect and the climate control was on point. I wasn’t sweating like I usually do and felt unusually hygienic or “fresh” before having to lecture. I […]
J. Peters writes on his lived experience, and also brings his story into his work. J blogs daily on his site mentalhealthaffairs.blog and for other sites around the United States and Europe, bringing his passion for mental health to consumers everywhere.
We’re survivors”, Ruth said, reminding me yet again that this too shall pass. I worked alongside Ruth at a mental health clinic down in the barrio, 3rd Avenue. The Bronx, as south as it gets before the bridge into Manhattan and slightly further, Queens, Astoria country. Ruth had […]
There is a reason why you bring on the war time social worker into the clinical picture
In doing so, the crisis is really man made.
I have become the very social enigma that evokes fear amongst his own peers
“Lasting recovery in the wake of chronic illness requires a depth of insight that only allies with a vested interest in recovery can produce when a person isolates or does not work” Maxwell Guttman (The Role of the Support System in Improving Mental Health Prognosis, 2018) “I’m on […]
I have not gone about changing the way I handle things because I simply wanted to be spontaneous and change things up.
Actually, Cynthia, I’m on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico
That’s Kim, I thought. Shameless to the end. Revisonless.
who are these webinars and conferences for anyway?
More importantly, are you experiencing symptoms of psychosis?
This move delves deeper into the psychological makeup of Robocop’s command center
So, I was just reading an article by Neesa Suncheuri called: How My Schizoaffective Disorder Helps Me Help Others In this article, the author likens the side effects (no pun intended) of not working and responding to the impact of paralyzing mental health symptoms as a strength. This […]
Introduction Sometimes a school crisis erupts on a high school campus unexpectedly. Other times, there a slow build up of tension before the crescendo, and that crescendo can be hate speech, or any number of incidents. Twenty years ago, in Wales Academy, I was a student in crisis. […]
As 2020 fast approaches, I can’t help but think its necessary to reflect on what was the most ambitious, self-directed, and awe-inspiring ten years of my life. There wasn’t a moment I would re-live, so much to celebrate, and nothing I’ll ever be able to forget. The decade […]
I am suggesting the peer is the allegory of the American South’s mulatto in a world where animalism has supplanted reason for hate.
So, I want to pose a question: is a mental health disorder a disability? I suspect the answer to this question hinges on how disability is contextualized. There are several ways of going about thinking about disability. I want to focus on the purely academic conversation out there […]
The system is broken. We all know it. We all preach it. When reflecting upon my experiences, both personal, and professional, I remember this short exchange between myself and a big wig, a clinician-craft, in the system of care. “You’re not easy to serve” the director of care […]
So, I read an article today on the Mighty titled: “I’m not high functioning- and I’m okay with that”. So, this is more complicated than it seems, to quote the article. In the DSM 4, the GAF or Global Assessment of Functioning, attempts to capture the ability of […]
“In the future, further work should deconstruct categories of medicine, psychiatry, and social work and encourage strength based approaches that will supplant new-institutionalization and create a new gold standard in treatment” (Maxwell Guttman, Mental Health Diagnosis: Axioms, Continuum, and Future Directions) 2018 “Congratulations, Jacques, on your publication!” Jonas, […]
Ever find yourself in the most perfect or seemingly perfect moment? You just want things to stay that way, right? Well, as a human, you probably have already discovered that very few things are static or unchanging. Most of us, especially the most successful, have learned how to […]
We all know that staying positive is helpful in promoting good mental health. Well, this is getting harder and harder for some folks. Staying positive has become increasingly difficult when our world is plagued by personal problems, psychiatric symptoms or environmental issues. One great and simple tool for […]
The peer world is divided. Okay, so that’s not news. Either are the divisions within the mental health community on how to best advocate and push for better health care. However, are we really as divided as it seems? Or are we overlooking fundamentally important aspects about providing […]
I want to make it very much known to all that read this, that J. Peters has always been watching, long before he put any University on Watch. Indeed, during history’s most decisive and defining moments, I’ve always been there, gazing upon the events as they unfolded… I […]