The Receiving Project

By Jo Anna Rothman — About 10 years ago, as I was playing with different ways to not flake out on self-care, I had a thought that changed my life.
I had been in this process of giving myself a present everyday.
It was awesome, I love presents!
For once, I was following through! … [click on the title to read and view more]

From Self Care to Collective Caring

As a trauma survivor growing up in various adolescent mental health systems, I learned that my current coping skills (self-injury, suicidal behavior, illicit drug use) were unacceptable, but not given any ideas as to what to replace them with. No one seemed to want to know much about the early childhood traumas that were driving these behaviors. Instead, I collected an assortment of diagnoses. I was told that I would be forever dependent on mediated relationships with professionals, and an ever-changing combination of pills. The message was that my troubles were chemical in nature and largely beyond my control. Care would always be something I would have to accept from others, not to perform for myself. … [click on title for the rest of the post]