By Jen Peer Rich
Where is violence, really? In the heart of a mad gunman? In the heart of a woman who intentionally blinds herself with chemicals? In the heart of a presidential candidate who takes pride in sensationalizing human suffering?
Who is really violent here?
Maybe it’s me. … [click on title to read the rest of the post]


Ashes and snow

Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth’s most remote places. … [click on link to view post]


Crazywise the film

As you know, CRAZYWISE documents a major paradigm shift in the way Western culture defines and treats a mental health crisis. Our film is riding the wave of a rapidly growing community members demanding more choices for recovery. … [click on title to view post and watch video]


No, I was not #MedicatedAndMighty but I sure as heck was medicated

The point is not to compete but to make clear that all our voices matter whether we find ourselves needing drugs or not. Being pragmatic and recognizing that the context of every life is unique is the most important thing. Diversity is real. It’s about learning to understand that we can have what seem to be contradictory experiences and both be legit
#MedicatedAndMighty or not. Yes, diversity is real…it’s not about whose experience is right or wrong… One persons medicine is another’s poison. It’s clear that people have experience of being helped by and harmed by drugs both. — Because of the twitter hashtag that is now popular. – People don’t need to be ashamed of being on psych drugs…but the fact is those of us who seek to come off are met with far more resistance by the establishment and we find that doctors don’t even know how to help us come off. This is a tragedy for many thousands of people. **Everyone deserves to be heard.** — Also because it keeps coming up again and again. I have said, and I mean it, there is nothing wrong with being fat if healthy. I was not healthy. I had metabolic syndrome. Most psych drugs can be associated with causing metabolic syndromes in people who were previously healthy. Metabolic syndrome causes diabetes and heart disease and often kills people. This is serious. It’s something people should understand when they are considering psych drugs. … [click on title to read more]

what is your story question

Story telling as means for transformative growth

I practice not attaching to belief…that includes the stories I make up to explain and interpret my life. So I stand by my first statement. I think that it’s all made-up, yes. That is what we do as human beings. This is not to delegitimize or minimize the importance of story-telling…in fact I think it underscores the importance. The reason I think knowing that we make up our stories is important is that it’s in reframing (retelling) our stories that we grow and transform…if we really believed our stories we might stay stuck in hell…(those of us who’ve been there anyway.)

“Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless.” — Salman Rushdie … [click on title to read the rest of the post]


Suicide prevention month. Learn to listen to and love those with these impulses.

I’m reposting the below info because today is the last day of suicide prevention month. I have seen far too many people in the care of social services and standard mental health care grossly retraumatized rather than helped when feeling their most vulnerable because people do not understand these loving, accepting and healing approaches. They are based in deep trust for the process of the individual who presents themselves in front of you. Listen. Love. … [click on title to read the post]


The end of suffering and the default mode network

The science behind the non-existence of the self and Gary’s non-experience. … [click on title to read the post and view the video]


Radical ecopsychology. The human animal as part of the world around us.

As a species on the brink of many sorts of environmental disasters that threaten our world and our lives, we need an ecopsychology. We need it now. Consider this. … [click on title to read post]


Transformational healing in mental health. Let it be the norm.

It’s impossible to communicate hope if one is pessimistic. And this is the foundational problem with the mental health system and most mental health providers within that structure. Most do not know what is possible in terms of transformative healing and cannot help but perpetuate their pessimistic ignorance…it’s not even their fault. It simply is what is. (and I might add we are all guilty of this at one time or another because it’s part of being human…none of us know the full extent of what is possible in any given situation)

That said it lies among those of us who have experience with seeing people find profound healing to help others understand what might be possible so that chronicity among those labeled mentally ill doesn’t have to remain the norm. … [click on title to read post]


Send your love

Lyrics first, then the video below. Love this. The lyrics are great and it’s like the Police except techno (ish). Sting has always written lyrics that touch my soul. … [click on title to read post and see video]


Question from a reader: when were you able to start pushing again?

Question from a reader: Physically when were you able to start pushing yourself with regularity?
Answer: I don’t push. I practice not pushing. This seems to be a good way to live in general in order to stay healthy. But when you’re sick it’s critically important not to push. — Instead I gently lean against what might be called the edge. Pushing you fall over (and down)…leaning in a bit you can come back and rest and then go out again. It’s really important to learn this… Granted, I say practice because we all push on occasion. But if I push, I still pay for it…so I practice not pushing…like I said. I get better at it all the time. … [click on title to read the rest]


Campaign for real change in mental health policy

From the Campaign for real change in mental health policy

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, we invite you to participate in our day of action. We encourage you to call, write, or Tweet to your members of Congress and let them know that the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is bad for America. …[click on title to read the rest]


Raw, Open and Real: Moving From Traumatic Aloneness to Universal Oneness

“We don’t have many models for what it looks like to persevere on this healing journey and many stop prematurely. A crucial piece is the willingness to be present with our own pain. As humans it’s natural to want to avoid pain, but usually it’s the avoidance of pain that is more painful than the actual pain. That’s why support is so essential. The wound begins in relationship and the ultimate healing occurs in relationship as well.” … [click on title to read the rest]

monica cassani fall mountains

Fall equinox today. Celebrate the season.

The longer I am psych drug free the more amazing my connection to all things becomes apparent. Not just the seasons, but the cycles of the moon, the weather, sun flares and everything in my environment matters. Yes! Everything matters. We are deeply holistic critters and we are part of all of life and the universe. Everything is connected. I am aware of cycles within cycles influencing everything about me and my environment. … [click title to read more]


Advanced adventures in healing the gut: biofilm eradication

Having this information BEFORE coming off psych drugs might actually help one heal enough to not do as much damage in that process. I don’t know this for certain but I intuit that it’s likely. Healing the gut also helps heal the psyche in general for folks who’ve not started taking psych meds. This is something I know. — Biofilms are likely implicated in all the chronic illnesses that I’ve found those of us with protracted withdrawal issues have in common. That includes chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and many autoimmune issues.(The most key factor for those of us impacted with severe protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome is that the nervous system can’t tolerate the necessary detox until necessary time and initial care has been taken. For me that meant several years of nursing my nervous system with an uber clean diet, meditation, yoga, and very very slow detox with gentle agents generally not recommended by anyone who is into detox because detox at the stage I’m finally able to handle now and that I’m sharing is far too aggressive for those of us with a damaged nervous system from psych drugs) …[click title to read more]


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