Tagged Stigma

From self-harm to self-empowerment: Using words & activism, not body, to be seen and heard

In this first piece for the online publication, Mad in America, I reflect – through feminist and constructivist, social psychology lens – on how using my body in efforts to be heard, seen, and fight against prejudice, I become an unwitting collaborator in my oppression. I look to re-storying (also known as “narrative therapy”) and …

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Dear Mr. Parker: Please stop referring to us as “crazy,” and conflating “mental illness” with violence; Dear Media: Please stop letting everyone you interview get away with this

Did you know that the mentally ill are no more likely to commit acts of violence than the general public? (3-5 percent of violent acts are associated with people with severe mental illness, to be exact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services1. Did you know that, on the contrary, people with …

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The Media’s Sensational Monster: What’s So Wrong About the Coverage of Rachael Farrokh

Many of you have probably already seen the video that is now going viral of Rachael Farrokh, a 5”7’, “40-something-pound” woman seeking donations to enter a treatment facility for severe anorexia. I am very purposely not linking to that video here. Farrokh’s story, first covered this week by NBC4 Los Angeles, represents the epitome of journalistic, …

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NEDA Inclusive? Think Again

In January the National Eating Disorders Association – much to my surprise – reached out and encouraged me to submit a proposal to speak at their annual, fall conference – something I would have normally never considered attempting, figuring I’d have no chance at being accepted. But the conference coordinator, Caitlin Graham, said NEDA had run across an interview …

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Wrestling With Survivor’s Guilt in a Crazy World: My Guest Op-ed for the San Francisco Bay Guardian

By Jeanene Harlick OPINION This is one of the ways you become that person who wants to take his or her life. It happens slowly. You’ve always known you were different. Everyone always told you that you were too “sensitive.” But it’s not about that. It’s about how you feel things: viscerally. When you hurt in …

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A Preview: Stories in the Works at “A Disordered World”

Welcome to my new online magazine! Here is a look at some of the stories I am working on that will be posted in the coming month: The Mentally Ill: Unchallenged Oppression of a Hidden Minority Over the past half-century, since the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, minority groups such as African Americans, women, …

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This Week in Mental Health – Sept. 8 – 14

Mental health clients need to be included as an essential voice at the table when services being designed to help them are in the works, says Gloria Dickerson of the Center for Social Innovation. She was interviewed by SAMHSA’s “Voices From the Field” blog. She also talks about professionals utilizing what’s known as the “recovery model” more. …

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