Letting a Thousand Flowers Bloom
We launched MindSite News to elevate the conversation around mental health issues and to focus attention on the need to fundamentally transform the way mental health and mental unwellness are viewed and treated in this country. We will do this with investigative and solutions-focused reporting and articles, but we will also do it by creating a platform for the sharing of ideas and by providing space for the voices of many people, including those with lived experience with mental illness and the mental health system.
The MindSite News Guest Essays page is a place for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas, visions, policy proposals and life learnings – discussion and debate that can be frank and honest but always respectful. For now, we will be publishing written essays, but we also envision creating space for audio and video essays in the near future.
We invite you to submit your thoughts and ideas. To see our submission guidelines, please go here.
Some of us are old enough to remember the bad old days of startups that regarded children as impediments to parents being on call 24/7. I well remember being asked to stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning at home while engineers rebooted a startup’s system; when the baby began to cry, an…
In 2019, more than 55,000 incarcerated Americans had spent the past 15 days in solitary confinement. Jeffrey McKee was one, and he writes about the impact it had on his psyche.
If you were ever hospitalized for a medical condition, you probably received a survey asking you about your experience. What you thought mattered to the hospital staff treating you – unless you were hospitalized for a mental health condition. In that case, your experience doesn’t count and isn’t asked about.
Abortion bans will bring psychological harms – here’s what research shows will happen in post-Roe America
As a therapist and scholar specializing in perinatal mental health, I’ve witnessed the psychological impacts of reproductive traumas across pregnancy and after childbirth. This gives me insights into how new restrictions on reproductive health care affect psychological well-being.
“How did your teen do during the pandemic?” That’s a question I often ask other parents, and their answer is almost always the same: Their sons were fine – they even flourished during Zoom school, getting more sleep and spending more time playing video games. Their daughters imploded.
After acts of gun violence, questions often arise about whether the assailant had a history of mental health conditions. The public and policymakers must stop responding to gun violence and mass shootings by saying that mental health conditions are the underlying cause. The claim is false and discriminatory.
To Prevent Mass Shootings, Stop Hunting for Motive, Start Investigating Shooters’ History of Childhood Adversity
Searching for a motive as a way to prevent mass shootings will just get you a useless answer to the wrong question.The right question is: What happened to a child to turn him into a killer spouting racist hate?
Some cases that you encounter as a psychotherapist you never forget. In 1986, as a trainee at the Infant-Parent Program, I worked with a family that almost broke my heart. Fortunately, I had an excellent teacher and mentor: Jeree Pawl.
I am part of a generation that feels, constantly, and even in the most mundane moments, that the world is ending. Almost every article I read these days begins with the same preamble listing all of the overlapping crises, topped off by the climate crisis, which will quite possibly lead to the extinction of our…
In the face of pressing economic issues and foreign policy crises, President Biden delivered a State of the Union address this week that offered important recognition of another issue that is impacting all Americans – our mental health and addiction crisis. It comes on top of a robust set of proposals on mental health his…
We Work with Public Defenders, and We Have a Message: The Government Must Stop Criminalizing Mental Illness
As Partners for Justice advocates embedded in the offices of public defenders, we work to connect clients to resources. In turn, our clients have taught us that to heal this nation, we must learn to respond to social harms and injustice with mercy and an interest in solving problems, rather than exacting punishment.
Cedric, a teenager in the midst of a mental health crisis, died while being restrained at the Sedgwick County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center (JIAC).
I knew I had to do something to protect the life of my child – this was the birth of 1 Million Madly Motivated Moms (aka 1M4).