My Mental Hospital Story

I had a conversation with the woman with PTSD. She checked herself in voluntarily while I was on a hold. She told me to never feel embarrassed about checking yourself in somewhere when you start to sense trouble.  At the end of my freshman year of college, I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder. And,Continue reading “My Mental Hospital Story”

Profile in Brave: Actress Victoria Maxwell talks on the intersection between spirituality and mental illness

“I went into a blissful state with powerful insights which led to a florid psychosis,” she said. “But the medical system pathologized the entire experience and didn’t give me space to tell them about the beginning part which was personally profound.” Victoria Maxwell Canadian actress Victoria Maxwell was quite the accomplished actress in the ninetiesContinue reading “Profile in Brave: Actress Victoria Maxwell talks on the intersection between spirituality and mental illness”

My 8-Fold Path to Wellness in College: How I Thrived and So can You

I promised you my 8-Fold Path to Staying Stable and completing your degree. Not everything may work for you. It is up to you do tailor it and design your own road map.  *Stigma: Combatting stigma or discrimination requires education of yourself first. Then, you must educate others. Give them pamphlets from NAMI or ActiveContinue reading “My 8-Fold Path to Wellness in College: How I Thrived and So can You”

Non-Profit Spotlight: Today I Matter on Addiction

At the age of 29, Timothy Lally died of a heroin overdose. He had struggled with depression, anxiety and panic attacks and tried traditional treatments that didn’t work. When he discovered opioid pills, it made him feel better. The opioids ran out and he turned to heroin.  His father, John Lally, an APRN, wanted toContinue reading “Non-Profit Spotlight: Today I Matter on Addiction”

It’s Just Talk. No Shame in Therapy

Cheslie Kryst shines the light on mental health in life and in death. Cheslie Kryst, attorney and 2019 Miss USA winner, 30, jumped to her death in New York City’s Times Square. Her death shines the light again on suicide among the prominent and powerful, as well as on the mental health of communities ofContinue reading “It’s Just Talk. No Shame in Therapy”

On the Legal Docket: New Lawsuit Aims to Reform Staten Island’s District 75 for Disabled Students

Last January 2021, attorneys from the Disability Rights Advocates, Disability Rights New York, the Bazelon Center, and the law offices of Jerry Hartman, filed a major class action lawsuit challenging New York City’s segregated school system for students with disabilities on Staten Island. Known as District 75, many Staten Island students attend schools outside theirContinue reading “On the Legal Docket: New Lawsuit Aims to Reform Staten Island’s District 75 for Disabled Students”

New Poetry Phone Line Promotes Mental Health and World Healing

In January of 2021, Trapeta Mayson, poet laureate of Philadelphia and a social worker, had an idea. Deep into the COVID pandemic, she wanted to alleviate the mental health crisis brought on by Covid in the city and world.  She decided to start The Healing Verse, a 24/7 phone line promoting mental health, wellness, andContinue reading “New Poetry Phone Line Promotes Mental Health and World Healing”

Hartford Connecticut Museum Curates Unique and Universal Exhibit on Mental Health Past and Present

The first thing you see when you walk into the mental health exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford is 18th Century artist Faith Trumbull Huntington who died by suicide.  “Through looking through letters in our collection, we gleaned that her family had tried to help her,” said Ben Gammell, director of exhibitions at theContinue reading “Hartford Connecticut Museum Curates Unique and Universal Exhibit on Mental Health Past and Present”