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The Prince George Hotel: Romance and RAC meetings

“There aren’t enough drinks for everyone, so we need to share…”

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Reflections on Neesa’s Blog article: How My Schizoaffective Disorder Helps Me Help Others

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

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2010-2020 A Decade of “Returns” and New Directions💫

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

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The House Negro: Remastered

I am suggesting the peer is the allegory of the American South’s mulatto in a world where animalism has supplanted reason for hate.

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In Response to the Mighty

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Future of Peer Movement: A House Divided Cannot Stand

“A house divided cannot stand” Abraham Lincoln They are familiar words that defined a period in this nations history that defined the future and course of world history. These words

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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

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