Once the sensitive becomes aware and conscious of the coercion it ceases to be subtle...it becomes obvious blatant violence against the soul of humanity and that is when things get really tricky. How to escape the abuse? When all of society is telling you you need it? Psychiatric abuse is very much like domestic violence except with domestic violence there is large sectors of society now that that acknowledge it's very real... ...
I don't spend so much time thinking about this stuff anymore, but as a writer I've found that there are many people who need to hear this from someone else because they think they're the only ones such heinous shit happened to. Or worse, they have come to believe they deserved the heinous shit because there is no one in their environment to reflect to them their real beauty and any sort of belief in their inherent well-being (we all have that).
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]
Yes, thank you...go watch this short video (there is no embedding option and it's worth watching) Video: Confront abuse by believing. From the video page: Pam Rubin, a women’s trauma counsellor and lawyer, explains why we need to start confronting abuse by believing its victims. “We don’t immediately jump to ‘What were you saying, doing, wearing? Are You suffering from mental illness?’” … [click on title to read and view more]
I have a few stories I've written about within the context of other posts of times I've deescalated people who might have otherwise become violent. I'm sharing them here just so that people can see what is possible and why I know that we can do much better than we do in many circumstances where people end up being re-traumatized unnecessarily. People are afraid when they act out this way. Meeting them with fear and violence will often backfire. Finding a way to connect is instead healing, for everyone involved. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
We are all in this together. A society that disrespects any group of people is a sick society. This man is refreshing. Oh, wow, he's really great. We are all bystanders if we're not directly involved in an abuse triad. Friends, teammates, coworkers, family. What do we do when people harm or are being harmed? In the end what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King Please watch this. [click on title to read more]
American autism rights activist talks to Al Jazeera about the role of mental illness in the US gun control debate. " I think that it’s obvious there is a lot to be done on mental health policy in this country. Unfortunately, if you were to try and think of the single worst time to have that conversation, it would most likely be in association with violent crime and gun violence. The fact of the matter is people with psychiatric and neurological disabilities are no more likely to be committing violent crime than the general population. And when we look at mental health policy reform from the prism of violence, we end up with bad mental health policy. "
In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there has been an understandable assumption that increased use of mental health services and a mental registry is part of the solution. Understandable, but wrong.
Lovely, brilliant talk by Pat Deegan. Inspired by the Adam Lanza atrocity. In the wake of recent mass shootings, Pat Deegan reflects on recovery and nonviolence.