In this episode I talk about my reaction to Hillary Clinton running again. I also talk about my hatred of neoliberalism. I also mention local politics and how Vice Mayor Brown surprised me with a vote after a progressive grassroots campaign. I harken back to my Occupy ambitions and what I would like to see on both the local and national level. I briefly mention some radio production stuff and how as a friend pointed out no one starts out a professional right out of the gate. It takes years of training and experience to get to the professional level. And, even after 12 years I may not be quite there yet. Lastly I mention The Justice for Desmond Campaign and how and why I didn’t call 911 when I was in a mental health crisis last week.
In this episode I talk about a recent mental breakdown and the things that kept me alive. I also talk about the things that lead up to it and radio vs podcasting and the big question: What’s Next?
In this episode I talk about a wistful Facebook post that blew up on me. I try to explain my feeling that violence is a symptom of mental illness while making it clear that I speak from the experience of being mentally ill and suffering from violent outbursts. I talk about the value of mental health treatment for all and my wish to eradicate all weapons from the world (not just guns).
In this episode I talk about the limits of empathy in the mental health industry. I offer some ideas for gaining greater empathy and describe my current process for gaining greater empathy. I also describe the issue of over empathizing and how I am dealing with my tendency to do this. I also talk about cognitive distortions and the limits of CBT and medications for treating suicidal and hopeless people. Finally I relate my current experience of being somewhat manic and not being able to rest. I make a self care plan and will report back in the next episode.
It is suicide prevention month. If you are feeling suicidal Call 1-800-273-8255 in The United States for help. If you are close to making an attempt dial 911! For numbers in other countries visit http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html