Hey folks, look to the right of this post and enter to win one of 10 books I am giving away to celebrate my 51st birthday, which always falls on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10). Good luck!
Another 5-Star review of Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide:
“I’m not often comfortable when writers delve into their darkness – addictions, depression, suicide attempts – and speak about them so honestly – shining a light into that darkness, so to speak. Something about this author’s matter of factness of description, however, brought me methodically into her world and made the subject matter intense and vivid but never lurid and exploitative. I felt I was accompanied the entire time by a clear eyed survivor who had made it through her own hell and lived to tell the tale. Well worth the read.”
Hey folks, the extraordinary animated feature ”Rocks in my Pockets” will screen in NYC, September 3–11at the IFC Center. The film is also playing in Boston, LA, and other locations in the US and internationally. Please check the film website to see if it will be in your area (http://www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com/Screenings.html)
Here’s a review from VARIETY.
My girlfriend’s sister jokes about people posting photos of sunrises, it’s banal she says.
I feel very different: every sunrise is a gift and makes me grateful for being alive for yet another day. That’s something my illness tired to take away from me threes times.
Yesterday, I was in an out of the pharmacy in less than an hour at my local public hospital where I get healthcare on a sliding scale basis. My scripts are 2 bucks apiece and each visit to the outpatient psych clinic is only $15. This is not brought to me by Obamacare, the insurance scam of the century, but Artists Access, a health program created for artists in NYC.
I have a 5-10 minute psych visit every two months to get my prescriptions paired with a quick, obligatory psychology visit every three months to make sure I remain stable.
So 4 scripts at $2 each = $8 + shrink at $15 =$23 + psychologist at $15 =$38 a month for my mental health care. This is exactly as it should be! Not forcing me to pay $500+ monthly under Obamacare and then on top of that paying out a yearly deductible, plus co-pays for doctor visits and also medications that, of course, are not in the formulary. This is why I will not join Obamacare and will instead pay a penalty of a few hundred bucks – it’s still less than a month of a bogus insurance premium.
I know most folks mental healthcare is not so inexpensive or straight forward, I know that. Mine hasn’t been in the past and may not be again in the future. But for now, I’m very grateful for this program which provides me with good care at an affordable price.
It’s a constant effort to ensure journalists, including writers at “progressive”, reputable and even “venerable”publications, use correct language when describing people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.
The “people first” language guidelines ere greatly expanded in the midst of the terrible, initial (and subsequent) reporting about HIV/AIDS. Calling everyone with an illness a “patient” diminishes greatly (or completely demolishes) our agency as individuals and raises questions about our veracity and reliability. This also implies we are not believable sources or reliable narrators.
The AP Stylebook added guidelines about reporting on people diagnosed with mental illness in early 2013. http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2013/Entry-on-mental-illness-is-added-to-AP-Stylebook.
And, there are expanded resources for those journalists interested in fair, accurate, and responsible reporting on the topic:
Journalists and other writers can find plenty of other resources and guidelines online and from professional writers organizations.