Educate the hearts of our children

Prepare children for the world outside. We must educate the hearts of our children. Educate the mind and the heart.

Healing must come from all corners of experience. No quick fixes

When one understands the interconnectedness of everything it becomes clear that healing must borrow from all corners of experience... "Cure" is rarely one thing applied to the whole. It is instead a dance of many things synergistically coming together for wholeness.

Why Paul Steinberg Has It All Wrong (and Should Stop Seeing Patients)

In his New York Times op-ed entitled “Our Failed Approach to Schizophrenia“ Paul Steinberg, a psychiatrist in private practice, proposes we all go back to the “golden age” of psychiatry, when patients spent years in institutions and were treated with a mixture of vastly experimental medication and supposedly therapeutic heaps of unbelievable abuse. You know, the age of cold packs, lobotomies, electroshock therapy without anesthetic, insulin shock therapy, and the systematic violation of their dignity as human beings. We have a great many narratives from those times and know that the patients were nothing but barely-human, barely-sentient beasts to the doctors and the nurses who cared for them. You have read The Snake Pit, The Bell Jar, and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. They were written by “schizophrenics” who managed to get away and get on with their lives. If you haven’t, you should read Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water. The world-renowned New Zealand author, who died in 2004, was saved from receiving a lobotomy by a newspaper clip. On the day of her scheduled surgery the operating doctor read that his patient had just received a coveted literary prize for a collection of short stories the poor woman, who had been in the hospital for years and had received multiple ECT and insulin shock applications, had all but forgotten having written.

Self-compassion and Parenting: The Radical Art of Teaching Children to be Nice to Themselves

An article well-worth visiting!  For parents and anyone who works with children. CLICK HERE TO FINISH

Where Do Messages of Hopelessness in Mental Health Care Come From?

1. How prevalent are messages of hopelessness in mental health care? 2. What are the sources and contents of these messages? 3. What is the veracity of these messages? In other words, do hopeless prognoses and statements about recovery, medication use, etc. generally prove true or false?

Some thoughts on forgiveness

By Rick Belden -- Forgiveness requires an end to the cycle of wounding -- Sometimes the only viable path to forgiveness is to remove ourselves from those who continue to cause us harm despite our best efforts to communicate our needs clearly and maintain healthy boundaries. By taking care of ourselves and ending the cycle of wounding, we can establish a safe distance from those who have injured us, allowing ourselves to move through the old hurts and toward greater understanding and forgiveness without constantly being re-injured by new hurts that feel just like the old ones. ... [click title to read the whole article]

Holiday meal for two… #foodie friday

Thought I'd share our Christmas day meal since it was quite lovely and delicious as well as rather simple to prepare. A good whole food meal (paleo) that is delicious too. Making a meal this lovely for two didn't really take all that much time. It was all very simple. ●  Leg of lamb slathered... Continue Reading →

Trauma Change Resilience: there is a drive to not only survive but to thrive

There is a drive to not only survive but to thrive.

Madness radio: We need your support! Now is the time!

An email from the kickstarter campaign: We need your support! Now is the time! Madness Radio: Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health is more than 50% funded as we have seven days left in our campaign. We need to reach our goal of $20,000 by January 2nd to fund new shows in 2013 and publish... Continue Reading →

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