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The experience of having one’s concerns dismissed by a medical provider, often referred to as medical gaslighting, can happen to anyone. Here are some tips on how to advocate for yourself in a medical setting. nyti.ms/3Sa9qZ4
""Finally we will have a space that recognizes our language in a way that encompasses all the people within African American language communities"
,"The research project is a collaboration between Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Oxford University Press, with Lanehart among the advising editors."
#aave #oxforddictionary #harvard #hutchinscenter #black #africanamerican
DMHS hit another major milestone this week!! We now have 100 listings of providers, group practices and wellness professionals who identify as Affirming for LGBTQIA+ & QTPOC communities in our Mental Health & Wellness Directory!!! If you or someone you know is looking for a Provider who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color, please check out dmhsus.org and go to our BIPOC Directory. Providers, thank you thank you thank you! We pride ourselves in being an organization that centers safety, equity and respect when it comes to services for our communities 🏳️🌈🙌🏾 . . . .. . . #affirmingtherapist #lgbtq #lgbtqia #qtpoc #safespace #dmhsdirectory #dmhsproviders #dmhs #dmhsus #mentalhealth #bipoc #wellness #therapist #counselor #yoga #blacktherapists #latinotherapists #aapi #asiantherapists #indigenoustherapists #freedirectory
"A lot of people don't tend to understand that intergenerational trauma, unless those patterns are changed, the patterns tend to continue. They don't just go away on their own," says Susan Beaulieu, an assistant extension professor in family development at the University of Minnesota. "If we don't deal with them, they actually end up compounding over time."
#intergenerationaltrauma #transgenerationaltrauma #mentalhealth
If you are struggling, it's ok to ask for help. Starting today, 988 is the new, free, 24/7 dialing code for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If you are experiencing a mental health or substance-related crisis, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org.
"A West African shaman by the name of Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé has a different view of mental illness compared to that of people in the western world, where we focus on pathology and the idea that the behavior exhibited by those diagnosed with the condition is something that needs to stop. Dr. Somé proposes that what we call depression, bi-polar, psychosis and schizophrenia may perhaps be a remarkable transformation in consciousness and an inevitable step towards human development. Dr. Somé and the Dagara people support the shamanic view that signals mental illness as “the birth of a healer.” They believe that this person has been selected as a medium for a message to the community. What Westerners view as “mental illness”, the Dagara people view as “good news from the other world.” #AfricanSpirituality #Shaman #MentalHealth #stigma #dsm #indigenous
"For people with substance-use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities or criminal records, it can be a maze to decipher which facility will offer the proper staff, training and bed availability to take them. And if no facility accepts them, some people languish in emergency rooms or are released without treatment into the community and sometimes into homelessness.
Staff at these facilities say declining some people is necessary to keep themselves and patients safe: It’s a delicate balance managing the needs of patients with the care that underfunded and understaffed facilities can realistically offer in a siloed mental health system that pinballs patients through it all. "
For the first time, Seattle Public Schools will have students sitting on the school board as nonvoting members this September. These three high schoolers will represent more than 50,000 kids in the district.
"One of the most widely known responses to trauma is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. People affected by this mental disorder typically suffer intrusive memories or flashbacks that may overwhelm them.
But international experts have been aware for decades that some trauma victims or survivors exhibit a broader pattern of psychological changes, most commonly after prolonged or repetitive events....now termed CPTSD."
"Research from 2017Trusted Source has shown that being denied an abortion is associated with negative psychological outcomes. The physical and emotional toll of having an abortion may affect other areas of a person’s life, including someone’s family relationships, friendships, workplaces, and communities.
Major mental health associations, including the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association, have opposed the Supreme Court’s ruling."
"The students who were behind Washington's measure say it's meant to change the stigma around mental health. The teens testifying on behalf of the bill explained why this is needed, now more than ever.
"Kids are struggling with mental health more than ever. COVID-19 has had an indescribable impact on Washington's young people, forcing us to take part-time jobs, take care of sick family members, and miss out on traditional extracurricular activities," Senior Shae Donlon said."
#MentalHealth #mentalhealthday #COVID19 #wa #law #endthestigma #katu
"Billionaire Mark Cuban has launched a war against Big Pharma. Recently, he started an online pharmacy where over 100 lifesaving medications are offered at low costs. He charges a standard 15% markup in an industry that typically sees no less than 100% markup. In just one example, a life saving leukemia drug with a typical retail price of $9,657 is offered by him for a total of $47. Insurance is not accepted due to the fact that it would force him to work with manufacturers requiring certain price points."
#markcuban #lowcost #affordable #pharmacy
Gathering Roots Retreat & Wellness Center is recruiting therapists for their Free Therapy Program: "🌱 Are you are a BIPoC therapist or wellness practitioner? We are looking for you! Learn more about this wonderful program that supports the healing and wellness of teens and young adults in our communities. ❤ bit.ly/wellnessproviderform We want folks to know you're here! While you're at it, please create a FREE profile: dmhsus.org The Deconstructing the Mental Health System (DMHS) directory helps folks find supportive care on their healing path. DMHS is supported by #gatheringrootswellness, #ywe, #asacredpassing and #nilesedge" #freetherapyprogram #freetherapy #mentalhealth
(click on the image to see animation) Happy Pride Month from DMHS Deconstructing the Mental Health System Inc!! We have 81 listings (individuals and group practices) who identify as QTPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Affirming. This means that when you search for a therapist in this category, you will find Therapist or Wellness Provider who not only identifies as Black, Indigenous or Person of Color, but also can provide safe, affirming, and non-judgemental therapeutic services. You deserve to feel safe and accepted on your journey of healing. Go to DMHSUS.ORG for more information. #DMHS #dmhsus #PRIDE #qtpoc #bipoc #lgbtqia #lgbtq #affirmingtherapy #deconstructingthementalhealthsysteminc
To sign up for our free directory or view providers: dmhsus.org/find-a-bipoc-therapist-or-healer/ Shoutout to Gathering Roots Retreat & Wellness Center for helping to get the word out about DMHS: Deconstructing the Mental Health System Inc Gathering Roots works to make space for cultural and community connection through workshops, classes, community events and advocacy. Providers who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color are hard to find. Please help boost visibility by registering as a provider. If you are an ally, please share dmhsus.org as a resource on your email signature, website and with your network. Thank you to the providers who registered after this was shared. We're working to get you approved! 🙌🏾 #mentalhealthawareness #gatheringroots #mentalhealthawarensssmonth #blackmentalhealth #latinxproviders #aapi #indigeniousmentalhealth #freedirectory #freementalhealth #collab #partnership #grassroots #dmhsus #deconstructingthementalhealthsystem
www.sandyhookpromise.org/press-releases/know-the-signs-could-have-saved-lives-in-uvalde/ "As the investigation continues, key warning signs have emerged that preceded the attack: *The shooter posted messages on social media indicating that he was going to shoot his grandmother and at an elementary school. He also posted cryptic messages along with photos of the two automatic weapons he purchased, just hours before the shootings. *The shooter reportedly was angry because he would not be able to graduate with his high school class and, according to his grandfather and other sources, the shooter had a troubled home life and was withdrawn — spending hours alone and isolated in his room. *Friends said the shooter was bullied in middle school. Friends also report that the shooter harmed himself (cutting) and indicated that he wanted to join the Marines “so he could kill people.” (Source) Taken individually, warning signs may not directly correlate to a mass shooting, but those exhibited by the Robb Elementary School shooter point to someone who was clearly at risk of harming themselves or others. Warning signs like those offer an opportunity to interrupt violence and must be taken seriously by acting immediately to get help." #SeeSomethingSaySomethingDoSomething #seesomethingsaysomething #schoolshootings #warningsigns #RobbElementarySchool
"Mental illness is not the problem. It is incorrect and harmful to link mental illness and gun violence, which is often the case following a mass shooting. Pointing to mental illness doesn’t get us closer as a nation to solving the problem and doing so leads to discrimination and stigma against those with mental illness — who are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. People across the globe live with mental illness, but only in the U.S. do we have an epidemic of senseless and tragic mass shootings.
Gun violence is a public health crisis. We urgently need common sense approaches to end gun violence in this country." - NAMI
#guns #mentalhealth #NAMI" class="eflb-hash" target="_blank">NAMI
"Two years ago, the murder of George Floyd exposed for many what Black and Brown communities have long known and experienced — that we must do more to ensure that our Nation lives up to its founding promise of fair and impartial justice for all. The incident sparked one of the largest social movements this country has ever seen, with calls from all corners to acknowledge the legacy of systemic racism in our criminal justice system and in our institutions more broadly.
Today, President Biden will sign a historic executive order (EO) to advance effective, accountable policing and criminal justice practices that will build public trust and strengthen public safety."
Full statement: www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/05/25/fact-sheet-president-biden-to-sign-historic-executive-order-to-advance-effective-accountable-policing-and-strengthen-public-safety
#policereform #ExecutiveOrder #blackmentalhealth
"Dr. Smith is proud because she and her peers are members of a ground-breaking group. Within their class is the most Black doctors to ever graduate from a single discipline at UK.
A 2017 survey from the National Association of Social Workers found nearly 70% of social workers are white. Dr. Gentry says those disparities are part of the reason she enrolled in the program"
#graduationseason #blackdr #socialwork #blackmentalhealth #classof2022 #blackhistory
"He wants to unpack generational trauma and unlearn toxic thought patterns. The Book of Matthew says no man can serve two masters; K. Dot peaced on us, got himself a therapist, and came back to share what he learned, to redraw some boundaries, and to refuse the titles of Voice of a Generation and Best Rapper Alive. His new album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, delivers this news with an air of apology. He knows it’s not the message people want; he feels it’s the one they need. Morale is an album of provocations and denunciations and affirmations and realizations, a clump of ideas that don’t necessarily complement one another, a dramatization of the expurgation and upheaval that come before reconciliation and healing. It is forcing uncomfortable conversations."
#mentalhealthawareness #blackmentalhealth #kendricklamar #mrmorale
"I do a lot of trauma research, and we focus on things like physical abuse, sexual violence, but we ignore that this type of incident towards people of color is a traumatic incident. In the last 24 hours, I've heard people not wanting to go to the grocery store anymore and fear that this could happen to them next. That's a traumatic reaction."
Alexander said to begin understanding why these shootings happen, politicians need to stop tying racially motivated mass shootings to mental health issues.
“Racism is not a mental health condition. And in fact, a lot of people who do have diagnoses of mental health conditions are less likely to be violent,” Alexander said."
#buffalo #racialtrauma #mentalhealthawareness #blacktrauma #blackhealing
"Just like slavery, anti-abortion efforts are rooted in white supremacy, the exploitation of Black women, and placing women’s bodies in service to men. Just like slavery, maximizing wealth and consolidating power motivated the anti-abortion enterprise. Then, just as now, anti-abortion efforts have nothing to do with saving women’s lives or protecting the interests of children. Today, a person is 14 times more likely to die by carrying a pregnancy to term than by having an abortion, and medical evidence has shown for decades that an abortion is as safe as a penicillin shot—and yet abortion remains heavily restricted in states across the country."
#reproductiverights #birthingperson #womensrights #blackmaternity #indigenousmaternity
Shout-out to A Sacred Passing for collaborating with us, and getting the word out to their network about DMHS and our free Directory !dmhsus.org/find-a-bipoc-therapist-or-healer/ A Sacred Passing in Seattle offers planning, education, coaching and facilitation to fully support your end-of-life choices. We are a supportive companions. It was founded as an educational resource for those seeking to learn more about death, grief, and dying-- as well as a space to build skills for those who choose to become death professionals, such as a doula, midwife, companion, or accompaniment. . . . .. #dmhs #freedirectory #asacredpassing #deathdoula #grief #doula #mentalhealthdirectory #asacredpassing #providernetwork #free #blackownedbusiness #mentalhealth #dmhsus
“I don’t want to be a girlboss. I don’t want to hustle,” declaimed another TikTok user. “I simply want to live my life slowly and lay down in a bed of moss with my lover and enjoy the rest of my existence reading books, creating art, and loving myself and the people in my life.”
Many have taken to declaring how they don’t have dream jobs since they “don’t dream of labor.” This buzzy phrase, popularized on social media in the pandemic, rejects work as a basis for identity, framing it instead as an act to pursue out of financial necessity. To quote the billionaire Kim Kardashian, it does seem like nobody wants to work these days. Nobody wants to work in jobs where they are underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked — especially not young people."
#genz #capitalism #worklife