The “Yes” Movement

It is time for us to open a dialogue about female sexual predation. Just say "Yes", and start a movement that will hopefully end this tragedy.

Beyond Beds The Vital Role of a Full Continuum of Psychiatric Care

I received an email this evening from SAMHSA, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) announcing the following report had finally come out today from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. The piece encompasses the first in a ten-part series on the inpatient psychiatric treatment capacity in the United States. SAMHSA had [...]

Gift of Voice

I am pleased to announce a wonderful opportunity for peers and providers of mental health services being offered by an organization known as Gift of Voice. Located in Edwardsville, Illinois, Gift of Voice strives to train, empower and educate for the mental health of individuals, communities and churches. Gift of Voice is a faith based [...]

POLICE OFFICERS AND THOSE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Police officers are trained to be authority figures, but these tactics often do not work on a person who is mentally compromised. What follows can be disastrous, not just for the mentally ill person, but for the police officer as well.

International Association of Peer Supporters Day

The power of peer support cannot be expressed in simple terms. Who better to aid a person who is severe mental pain than someone who has been there themselves. Peer supporter is a growing field, enabling many who have achieved success in dealing with their own emotional disorders to offer a hand up to those [...]

World Suicide Prevention Day

  Across the world nearly 800,000 commit suicide each year which is one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. With 65,000 people attempting suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people thinking about committing suicide, World Suicide Prevention day aims to open up the conversations and help those in the [...]

Even Seasoned Soldiers Get Weary

I’ve spent the greater part of three decades dealing with issues that no one single human should ever have to face. I’ve seen my favorite and most beloved therapist retire, my best friend die, and my own life take so many twists and turns that I’m dizzy. I turn 57 soon but I feel like [...]

Podcast on CoreBrain Journal About DID

I have spoken on a podcast for The Core Brain Journal. I spoke on the realities of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Please check out the link below and let me know what you think. Pod Cast on DID

Speaking Truth About Suicide

As a suicide survivor, I have a unique vantage point from which to speak on this this very difficult to discuss topic. Not only have I survived three suicide attempts myself, the first being when I was only seven years old, I have a very close family member who successfully completed hers. There are so [...]

I Am A Warrior, and I Will Do No Harm

I decided to write this piece outlining the reasons I do not use material that describes who the person(s) were who perpetrated the severe abuse I experienced as a child. 

Me, We, What?

Shirley J. Davis People are perplexed when they try to gain an understanding of what it must be like to live life with their personality splintered. Even therapists are often jumbled when it comes to conceiving of how it must be to constantly live in a world where one is never truly alone because of [...]