Let's Talk Truth 
All Year Long
 Thank You John....
We are all going to miss you 
R.I.P....You did well and good

Locating Topic Material 

One of the other things you can do on this site is use the on site search engine to locate topic material. If I have anything posted about certain ideas, groups, news pieces or organizations etc. the search engine will locate the titles and pages where they can be found. You just type in some useful search term like “alternatives” or “The Matrix” or “Brave New World” etc and see what it finds for you. It usually takes a few minutes to do.


 On Stigma-
This one was sent to me as a creation by one of the "Less Than Thrilled" psychiatric survivours in Canada Clara Hughes he is NOT. I can also relate to much of what he is saying here. Margaret Trudeau I am Not.
The point is there are alway two sides to imperfect "help" and when one side is suppressed and invalidated we open ourselves up to dictatorships, and dictatorships abuse power as if it was their "right" to do so. 

The System Will Not Tell You

This is the opposing viewpoint that people are intimidated into keeping silent about, because it does not promote the mental illness system and in fact has something negative to say about it.

This was sent to me by a Canadian Psychiatric Survivour and though personally I can do without the language (I get to hear this all day on the bus as if it was the only adjective or adverb anyone knew) I can definitely relate to the sentiments expressed in this piece and so can many others who are on the receiving end of the “stigma.”

The assumption that people will not go for “help” because of the stigma associated with “mental illness” is often used in a way that suggests that the system and other people have nothing at all to do with this stigma. So that being stated please read the following offering from some of those who have an experience with psychiatry that is not the same as some of those promoting it and suggesting everyone go for “help.” Often the “help” received by those who went for it made life worse for them than the original problem and these people would now think twice before looking for help again. Any system that does not tolerate dissent or opposing viewpoints, especially one that abuses power over those who dare to disagree is a system that needs to be discussed openly.

Some of us, who are less than thrilled with the results of our experiences and who know that expressing dissatisfaction is often likely to result in further “treatment” for our “symptoms” also know that this silence needs to be broken for if this can happen to us, then it can (and has) happen to many others as well and we all need to look very closely at the dark side of the system that insists all it does is helpful. Much of it is not. That too is REALITY.

Please see the PDF file above this blog on "Stigma"


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Pat's Disclaimer: the posts of other participants on this public board do not necessarily express my own personal beliefs, experiences or opinions. I agree with some things expressed by others as they experienced it, with some ideas for change and not with some others. However, I do believe in the right to the honest expression of experiences with some simple limits, delivered in a non threatening manner. If we all offer our ideas and suggestions, others may find something they can use too for their own recovery and growing well being. I also believe that the best support can come from those who got all the way through their own experience and managed to come out the other side of it. We can't always see where we are heading, but we can see where we have been. Talking about it openly and honestly just may help BOTH the talker and the listener. So welcome to a place of mutual support with good boundaries part of the mutual goal. Maybe we can create a better way or relating and communicating by our own example. It is worth a try.

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