Forced treatment is a controversial topic. Many advocate for the rights of the mentally ill to choose treatment, while many families feel helpless to care for their loved one who refuses treatment. The fact is that when illnesses spiral out of control, the survivor winds up traumatized by the time they receive treatment. As with any illness, when left untreated, wreaks havoc on the body. For an analogy, denying my car needs a repair will not prevent everyone else from seeing that my car is going to break down and I will get stranded. read blog...
I lead two support groups--one for mental illness and one for people with mental illness and a substance abuse history. I generally don't go into group with a few topics in mind. Instead, I let the topics develop themselves based on what people are sharing as group goes on. These blogs will cover the topics that came about at the two groups.
Mental illness comes up in the news more than you'd think if you weren't looking for it. Sometimes this is great and sometimes it's horrific. The contributors of this site will be posting links to articles that are relevant to mental illness to put them up for discussion here. Many of these articles will be from websites that have comments sections below the articles, however, those are the general public writing those comments. Most likely, everyone browsing this site has some sort of close connection to mental illness, so that means this is a good place to discuss these stories with people who are all closely connected to mental illness. If you would like to put up news articles related to mental illness for discussion,click here.
I (Michael) have been doing video work since it became my first job when I was sixteen. But I'm way more of a behind the camera kind of guy. But Jackson has no problem talking in front of a camera. While my primary mode of communication is writing, Jackson's is video, so these are his video blogs about recovery and life in general.
As I went through the process of building this site, I kept thinking of new features that would make this site better... it's not all about me, awesome as I am. I thought it might be cool to let anyone with a user profile create their own ongoing blogs. The user blog archive is automatically updated when any user creates their own blog. Furthermore, if somebody reads a user blog and likes reading what another user writes, they can "follow" the user and have all the blogs written by users they follow show up in their user profile. If you think you can blog better than me, go right ahead. If you think I'm an idiot who should be sequestered for my destructive influence in the lives of all who visit this site, well then follow other users. I won't hold it against you.