Category: Peer

When is sharing too much? Is oversharing a real thing?🗣

Ive been accused of a number of crimes, socially unacceptable behaviors, and litany of outrageous transgressions during the course of my mental illness. While the majority of the truly grotesque periods and expressions of my mental health disorder where shadowed by the gates of…

The Right to Fail

The right to fail. To live our lives as people that are flawed, diagnosed, mentally ill the the way we see fit to do so. In New York State, and many other states in the United States, unless you are mandated, or in a…

Learned Helplessness Must be Stopped🔴

One of my biggest struggles as a social worker in the human services is challenging learned helplessness. Learned helplessness is a phenomena in which clients, patients, or any person connected to a larger system becomes so conditioned by it that they begin to need…

Rejected and/or “kicked-out” of Treatment: Untimely discharges and subpar linkages🔄

Finding the right treatment fit can be difficult. Not only are therapists important to try-on, so are facilities, programs, and treatment centers. This article evolves out of my experience in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, New York. St. Vincent’s was my treatment center for…

The Mystique of Psychosis

Psychosis is experienced by people carrying its active constellation of corresponding and altogether unique symptoms differently. At different times, along a spectrum, psychosis symptoms exist in a dark harmony, sometimes feeding off one another, and sometimes, working in complete isolation. The spectrum intensifies in…

The Peer Standard⚖️

There is an unspoken, invisible and arbitrary standard for being for every oppressed group living in the United States and everywhere discrimination goes without question. This social norm and standard of being exists even in the helping profession and the social welfare system for…

Dismantling state-level psychiatric centres: instituting full community access and integration

This paper presents a long-overdue proposal to the New York Office of Mental Health (NY-OMH) to close state psychiatric centers and discharge all remaining patients into the community. From long-term care and extended service units to admissions and adult, children, and adolescent services provided…

The Modern Psychiatric In-Patient Technician: Skilled Worker or Guard?

One of my earliest memories as an adolescent in an in-patient unit was the tall, stocky men brazenly hanging around the treatment areas, lounge, and nurses station. These people were anomalous. They didn’t seem to have a purpose upon first glance. I couldn’t have…

Recovery is a Privilege

So, when you encounter people in your life that need help: reach out to them. Point them towards the necessary resources they will need to continue living without bounds

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…

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

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…

The Jewish Ghetto Police & Today’s Peer Professional: The Psychology of Complicity

Background: Today’s peer professional in Mental Health systems of care share a similar psychological bend with the Jewish Ghetto Police or Jüdische Ghetto-Polizei. This unit was an auxiliary police force organized within the Jewish ghettos of Nazi occupied Eastern Europe. Members of the police…

Dignity in Risk & Risk of Harm

Unquestionably, the spectrum between negligence and overprotection carries with it serious implications in clinical & peer professional practice in mental health. Even in our personal lives, we have friends and family we care for and we wonder where the line is drawn when it…

Lessons from the American Revolution, King George iii & the Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

“Would you Forgive?”  – Lois Einhorn, PhD During my most tormented days, angry and bitter over lost personal battles I sat in a lecture class centered around forgiveness, empathy and making our personal needs clear to ourselves and people around us. It was a…

The Power of Support

Written by Sabrina Johnson LMSW & Max Guttman LCSW This article is intended to showcase the power of support for people with a medical and psychiatric condition. We all need support in our lives. Obviously support and its power to create a space of…

Mental Health & Higher Education

Too many people carrying a mental health diagnosis in higher education are subject to discrimination, unfair and disproportionate disciplinary action & premature expulsion from campus life. While colleges have services for people with mental health disabilities, treatment programs, and on site consultation for community…

Community Mental Health Re-Discovered: Volume ii

Together, in our lifetime, we will witness the last discharge of a person with a mental health condition from a hospital and make psychiatric prisons a thing of the past. Universal Access and Inclusion of Mental Health Treatment in the Community. Simply put, access…

Make Your Own Psychiatric Triage: What to do when you are in a non-life threatening crisis to feel more Safe

Undeniably, there are times when we all feel out of control. There is no question that when we are in the midst of a crisis, whether it be interpersonal, existential, financial, etc., we want to feel more in control of our particular situation. This…

Community Mental Health Re-Discovered

I have always believed in having a plan, a next step. Call it a goal or an objective. I believe in a tomorrow that begins with right now. More than half a decade has passed since the completion of my last six-year plan. For…

What is Recovery? Differentiating the Diagnosis from the Person

This article seeks to discuss, define, and set up an ongoing dialogue around what recovery means. As people, we all have our own eccentricities. Some of us are moody; others are more negative and cynical. These are the character traits that make us who…

Allies in Recovery: The “DO’s” and “DONT’s” of Radical Acceptance

This article explores symptoms that complicate interpersonal relationships and interfere with pro-social interactions. There are many diagnoses that have symptoms that further complicate our social lives when socialization is what’s needed the most for moving forward in the recovery process. A full recovery is…

Surviving on the Unit

Have you lost all control in your life or does it feel that way? This article is intended to explore the feelings and thoughts associated with experiencing an in patient hospitalization. It is not intended to override the guidance of your treatment team. As…

Psychotic Break Survival Skill Kit: Moderate Impairment

Psychosis has a pattern and habit of evolving into something more elaborate and complex to unravel and make sense of for the person experiencing the symptom. As your psychosis worsens or levels off as a fixed delusional system as a more manageable impairment you…