I Need Your Story to Publish

Hi, it’s Shirley  I wanted to send out invitations to all my friends telling you about an opportunity I have gotten involved with called PatientNextDoor. No, it’s not a get quick scheme, nothing like that. It’s a new blog.site and smartphone application.  I’m not selling anything either, so don’t worry, that’s not what this invitation is about. PatientNextDoor is [...]

Hurry to Hear My New Interview on TAASTAA with Hanna Kebedde

Gotta love that lab muppet! Anyway, I was interviewed on a podcast by Hanna Kebedde and it was broadcast last evening. She was gracious enough to share the link to share with all of you! So, tune in and sit down for an indepth interview of me talking about what I know about dissociative identity [...]

Family-To-Family Classes Through NAMI

I am a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or as it is commonly called NAMI. This group is a grassroots organization dedicated to helping those who live with mental health conditions and their families. Their secondary goal is to end the stigma that often accompanies a mental health diagnosis. I belong to [...]

Names on a Gravestone

I get contemplative while washing dishes. I’m not sure why I just always have. Today while washing the noodles off my little nephew’s bowl and spoon from lunch, I stood with my hands in the warm soapy and water thinking. My mind wondered as it often does to mortality and how all humans have a [...]

Research Backs Up the Truth: Parents Who Are Invalidating Harm Kids

I was reading my email this morning and came across an article that proved what I've said here about being invalidated in childhood.  In the article on Psychology Today    I found a piece backing up what we who were the victims of this kind of treatment have always known, it damaged us. Granted, the article [...]

Change the Language to Change the Conversation–The Power of Speech

The words we use to describe ourselves have a huge impact on how we are treated. If we call ourselves by a term that means something negative, we will inevitably be treated in a negative fashion.   There are terms used to describe those of us who live with mental health conditions. However, those words, [...]

Once Again, Life Isn’t Easy, Life Isn’t Fair

  I wrote this article several months ago. I received a huge response in ways I had not anticipated. There were those who were interested and glad to hear what I had to say. But, there were those who grew extremely angry with me for what I said. So, being the sucker for punishment that [...]

Ivory Garden DID Support Group and Chat

I have been privileged to belong for many years to an online support group called Ivory Garden. Through it I have found lasting friendships and hope that has helped to carry me to where I am in my new life after trauma.   There are those who think that this site is like other dissociative [...]

Mental Illness is a Human Condition!

100% OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WILL SUFFER FROM A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS!

Early Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Act

  My mother died of an opioid overdose in June, 2011. We will never know for certain whether she did it on purpose, or if she simply misjudged. All I know for sure is that she is dead.     I myself suffered from addiction to opioids from early adulthood until June, 2015. This July [...]

The Crime of Stigma Must End

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a fact that most of you are already aware. The goal of having a month in honor of those who live with mental health challenges is to start a conversation about mental illness. Only if mental illness is brought out into the bright sunlight can it be recognized not [...]

Roadmap to Recovery-September 12, 2018

I'm have been on the planning committee for the Region 3-4 conference. This event is planned, and held by people with mental health challenges. I am proud to announce our next conference to be held on September. I've attended and spoken at the Region 3-4 conference and I urge providers, peers and loved ones living [...]