We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health--Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model

We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health--Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model

We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health--Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model

We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health--Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model


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25 unflinching stories and essays from the front lines of the radical mental health movement
Overmedication, police brutality, electroconvulsive therapy, involuntary hospitalization, traumas that lead to intense altered states and suicidal thoughts: these are the struggles of those labeled “mentally ill.” While much has been written about the systemic problems of our mental-health care system, this book gives voice to those with personal experience of psychiatric miscare often excluded from the discussion, like people of color and LGBTQ+ communities. It is dedicated to finding working alternatives to the “Mental Health Industrial Complex” and shifting the conversation from mental illness to mental health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173616
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

L. D. Green (they/them) is a queer and nonbinary writer, performer, college educator, and mental health advocate living in Richmond, California. Their work has been published on Salon, The Body is Not an Apology, Truthout, and in Sinister WisdomFoglifter, and elsewhere. They have been featured at dozens of reading series, slams, showcases, and workshops in schools, colleges, and open mics locally and across the country. As a playwright and writer/performer, they have had their work performed at multiple local and national theater festivals including the National Queer Arts festival as well as the San Francisco Fringe Festival. L. D. received their BA from Vassar College and their MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and they were a 2010 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction. They attended Tin House Writers' Workshop in 2012 and were a Catwalk Artist in Residence in 2013. They are a professor of English and Creative Writing at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California, and were an active member of the Bay Area chapter of The Icarus Project from 2009–2011. L. D. writes poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction, and nonfiction. Their chapbook of poetry and creative nonfiction is forthcoming from Nomadic Press. For more information visit, www.ldgreen.org.

KELECHI UBOZOH is a Nigerian-American writer, mental health advocate, and public speaker. She is the first undergraduate ever published in the New York Times. Her story of recovery is featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and the documentary, The S Word, which follows the lives of suicide attempt survivors (now on Amazon Prime). She has appeared on CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and has presented at Cornell and Yale. Ubozoh previously supervised mental health programs and led communication operations at a mental health nonprofit organization. Currently, she is a consultant and works with communities on system transformation. When she isn’t working, she enjoys writing poetry and performing. Ubozoh’s work is published in Argot Magazine, MultiplicityEndangered Species, Enduring Values, and the forthcoming anthology Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative. In 2021 she was named a Mental Health Champion by the Steinberg Institute. For more information, visit kelechiubozoh.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Whitaker ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Editors' Introduction Kelechi Ubozoh L. D. Green 1

Part 1 Narrative as a Radical Healing Strategy: Personal Stories of Lived Experience with Mental Health

Dear DR Leah Harris 11

To Call Myself Beloved Leah Harris 15

Can't We Just Pray it Away? Faith Communities and Their Role in Mental Health Support Jeneé Darden 23

Untitled Chris Anastasia 29

Unfrozen Lyndsey Ellis 35

How to Tame a Flying Dragon Anita Roman 39

How My Friends Showed Up: Mutual Aid Kelechi Ubozoh 49

We've Been Too Patient: How Mutual Aid Can Improve Therapy and Transform Society L. D. Green 51

Who Do You Think You Are? Shizue Seigel 61

ECT: Day One Alice Mignon 73

For Psychiatric Survivors, Friends Make the Best Medicine Imogen Prism 77

From Burning Man To Bellevue: A Hero's Journey Jeffrey Goines 87

Infiltrating the Mental Health Industrial Complex: On Being a Mental Health Patient-Professional Elisa Magon 97

On Becoming a Politicized Healer Jacks McNamara 115

Apples and Oranges L. D. Green 121

Where Icarus Flew Ken Paul Rosenthal 125

Occupational Therapy Casey Gardner 129

She Wasn't Crazy Kelechi Ubozoh 135

Part 2 Radical Interventions: Challenging the Biomedical Model and Stigma with the Recovery Model

What is Radical Mental Health? 139

The Mindful Occupation Collective

What's There to be Proud Of? Patrick Corrigan 147

Treating Trauma Through The Imagination: Therapeutic Effects of Simulation and Mimetic Induction Alisha Ali Stephan Wolfert 163

Underground Transmissions and Centering The Marginalized: Collaborative Strategies for Re-Visioning the Public Mental Health System Sascha Altman DuBrul 171

Dangerous Gifts: A New Wave of Mad Resistance Jonah Bossewitch 189

The Intersection of Mental Health, Communities of Color, and suicide Kelechi Ubozoh 219

Afterword: Mental Health in the Age of Perpetual Crisis L. D. Green 229

Afterword: Do Your Part Kelechi Ubozoh 235

Epilogue: The Power of Narrative Therapy in the Recovery Model Jessie Roth 237

Glossary 241

About The Editors 243

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