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Recovery Heroes: Pat Deegan

We share in the certainty that people labeled with mental illness are first and above all, human beings. Our lives are precious and are of infinite value.

--Patricia E. Deegan, Recovery and the Conspiracy of Hope
From the videos of her many talks and lectures, audiences can see that Pat Deegan is an exceptionally well-spoken woman with a pleasant voice and short gray hair. At one time, however, she was doomed to only live as a single label:...


Art

Introducing: the Art Journal Mental Health Bible… Thing

I'll be honest, I've been working on it for years and I still have no idea what to call it. Written in the cover page is "Jay's Declassified Brain Survival Guide," a reference to a 2000s Disney TV show, but that's just a personal joke. I guess a mental health-focused "art journal" would be the most fitting label but, unlike an art it doesn't have a lot of art.

I can't draw. At all.

Anyway,

Here are some...


Depression

“Just Show Up”

If you struggle with anxiety, overwhelm, or just plain feeling like a failure, I have a mantra for you that’s been really helping me out lately:

Just show up.

As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, I am a peer in mental health struggles, and my biggest problem has always been depression. I’ve had to acknowledge that I am disabled by my mental health issues, and for an honor-roll student, that was often a struggle to accept.

In college,...


Borderline Personality Disorder

Why You’ve Never Heard of DBT

An Introduction to DBT
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy might sound like a mouthful, but the reality is actually pretty simple. DBT is an extension of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that teaches skills for mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. DBT basically lists a selection of skills to use either habitually or during particularly emotional times, which the consumer memorizes.

Mindfulness forms the basis of the practice, serving as a way to slow down a rushing mind to...


Mental Health

Harrd Feelings: A “Hello!”

I’ve told my story in various ways to various people, but recently I’ve started telling it differently—as an account of an obstacle I’ve conquered, rather than a mire in which I flounder.

Here’s the bite-sized version:

My name is Jace Harr, and I'm a queer writer and educator who has become passionate about mental health and psychoeducation as part of my own journey towards recovery from depression and PTSD.

My childhood was fine on the surface, but my parents’...