Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3

Alert and Oriented x3 by Leif Gregersen II, a book about living with a psychotic illness, is offered as a free download from the author's blog, Mental Health Coping Skills Blog by Leif Gregersen. The author has schizoaffective disorder, and this book focuses on his most recent hospitalization, which he describes as being unimaginably painful. … Continue reading Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3

Mental health, Uncategorized

What Made You Crazy in 1864?

I stumbled across this gem courtesy of Kate et al. of Colour of Madness.  It lists reasons people were admitted to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia in its first 25 years of existence, from 1864 to 1889. While they're all pretty special, these would be my top 10 picks (I apologize to… Continue reading What Made You Crazy in 1864?

Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Mad In Madagascar – Part 2

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Mad In… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Mad In Madagascar – Part 2

Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Mad In Madagascar – Part 1

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Mad In… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Mad In Madagascar – Part 1

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Brittany (BiPolarMania) – Part I

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.This post is by Brittany of BiPolarMania.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Brittany (BiPolarMania) – Part I

illustration of a brain encircled by the words mental health matters
blogging community, Mental health, Suicide

Working On Us – Week #7 – Suicidal Ideation

It's week #7 for the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Visit her post to see the guidelines to participate.  Content warning: This week's topic is suicidal ideation. Prompt #1 Questions Have you ever experienced suicidal thoughts? Have you ever attempted suicide? Were you ever hospitalized for a suicidal… Continue reading Working On Us – Week #7 – Suicidal Ideation

Mental health

Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?

I saw a post about this issue on Twitter recently, and it stirred up a pretty strong reaction for me.  A man was writing about how he'd been advocating for his child to be able to have their cell phone on the psych ward, but this was flatly denied due to ward policy.  As a… Continue reading Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?

God Knows Where I Am film
Mental health, Social issues & social justice, Video reviews

God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

The disturbing documentary God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, and her death after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. The film includes readings from Linda's journal, and commentary from people who knew her, including her sister and her daughter.  Their words powerfully captured the pain and frustration of a… Continue reading God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

infographic of scales of justice
Mental health, Stigma, Workplace issues

Legislated Stigma

johnhain on Pixabay Stigma can be found in many places, even places where we might like to think it shouldn't be.  One such place where I have found it is in government legislation, hence the title of this post, legislated stigma. Mandatory reporting of hospitalized nurses As a registered nurse, my professional license is through… Continue reading Legislated Stigma