Category Archives: Adversity

How we can bring about mental health support to refugees – Essam Daod-


Essam Daod shares a story of  one way we can bring brief, important support to refugees at critical times. And also offers us a window of insight into how any of us might support any other of us  midst potentially … Continue reading

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all the shit that happens after the-shit-that-happened


Whether a person is left traumatized has less to do with the-shit-that-happened than it has to do with all the shit that happens after the-shit-that-happened. Werd.

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Baboons in The Whitehouse…


“Donald trump has been brought to us so we can be  really clear on what too much privilege looks like.” Continue reading

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The shit that I’m in and the pain, them voices louder ‘an Manhattan come chatt’n


The shit that I’m in and the pain I’m literally going insane
them voices as loud as Manhatten come chattn’..
– K’naan Continue reading

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Baboons in suits


Robert Sapolsky on how hierarchy has a destructive force in body and psyche in individuals and community. He is talking about baboons, the ones he’s observed for decades along with the effects of stress upon health and behaviour. His observation … Continue reading

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Pathways from surviving adverse experiences to being deemed “psychotic


We will likely be told we have “lost touch with reality”, whatever that means, when the truth is it’s really not hard to understand: we are struggling to feel safe in the world. Continue reading

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Zen-ass-dude in The Pain Cave


Taylor Phinney, “zen-ass-dude” and pro-cyclist and time-trial specialist on how all the voices in his head are “bread-and-butter “ “you kinda got to get to that point to be able to win any of these bike races”. The image below … Continue reading

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Hurt – Johnny Cash


I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that’s real         Johnny Cash I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the … Continue reading

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the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority


The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority. Martin Luther King Jr.

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I can’t stand up for falling down – Elvis Costello


I can’t stand up for falling down I can’t stand up for falling down   “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” I’m the living result I’m a man who’s been hurt a little too much And I’ve tasted the … Continue reading

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