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On 1N3

On 1N3

Derek Yates is more than just a pretty face. He is co-founder of 1N3: In memory of Kevin, his mother and brother, Tiki Finlayson and Derek Yates, started 1N3 within days of the crash because “One in three of us are impacted by drunk driving.” They are 1N3, and as a family wanted to do more than … Continue reading

Against Using Psychotropic Drugs: Dangerous Effects

Against Using Psychotropic Drugs: Dangerous Effects

I remember when I first heard Lily Allen’s “Everyone’s at It” above. The tune itself demotes the freak nature of someone feeling like everyone around them is on drugs (legal or not, ingesting anything has effects on you). As Dr. Marcola indicates in this article, “Psychotropic Drug Use Associated with Increased Risk for Car Crashes“: … Continue reading

“Lawrence is crazy!”

“Lawrence is crazy!”

The recent drug bust in Lawrence is no surprise to me. I am pretty familiar with the reputation of Lawrence as a city. When I lived in Lawrence for 12 years, and told people as such, the response was almost usually: “Lawrence is crazy!” I moved there as a minor in late 1992 with my … Continue reading

Follow-Up to The Campaign Narrative of Mental Illness

Follow-Up to The Campaign Narrative of Mental Illness

As I tackled in a previous post, there are many reasons, often society at-large, rather than identified mentally ill persons that contribute to the deaths, and mistreatment, of those with mental illness. This article from the American Psycholoigical Association titled, The roots of mental illness details other important factors to consider: When it comes to … Continue reading

The Campaign Narrative of Mental Illness

The Campaign Narrative of Mental Illness

As Charlie Baker said, “The election is over.” But considering mental illness was a narrative of Martha Coakley’s campaign, I feel like this issue needs to be addressed, not because I keep hearing it everywhere I go, but because I do a lot of research on a myriad of topics, and don’t have an issue speaking … Continue reading

Serving The Seriously Mentally Ill: Chapter 12

Another part worth speaking noting in Serving The Seriously Mentally Ill: Public -Academic Linkages In Services, Research and Training, is Chapter 12: Consumer Impact on Mental Health Services, Clinical Training and Public-Academic Linkages: Some Personal Reflections by Dr. Frederick J. Frese, Ph.D. of the Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital: With the formation of the National Alliance for the … Continue reading

Serving The Seriously Mentally Ill: Trends In Ideology (Part 2)

Continuing from the previous post from the book, Serving The Seriously Mentally Ill: Public -Academic Linkages In Services, Research and Training, this is the second portion worth noting, from “Trends In Ideology,” from page 72: Community Participation One of the first lessons learned through deinstitutionalization was that living in a community setting did not necessarily guarantee membership in a … Continue reading