Category Archives: Ideas

What does “recovery” mean to you?


This started as a post on facebook group in a conversation about recovery. It got a bit long so I tweaked it to go here. I have a blog [this one] with the word recovery in its title, I’ve no … Continue reading

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Whatever your voices are, only you can decide.


“Hearing voices” – and hearing voices that others don’t- is not just describing a wide range of human experiences that has been mystified and made taboo but which is remarkably common. In fact, hearing voices regularly is about as common … Continue reading

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Burn Your Village To The Ground – A Tribe Called Red


“Well… Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday for Native people. In a way, each day is a day of thanksgiving to the Creator for the original people of Turtle Island. This doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy turkey, pie and family … 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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how psychiatric diagnosis becomes “proof” of the “chemical imbalance” that causes psychiatric diagnosis


Psychiatric diagnosis is proof of the chemical imbalance that causes psychiatric diagnosis. Continue reading

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Normal is that which none of us quite are


There are no normal people,
any more than there are normal dogs, normal giraffes 
normal events, normal days, average … Continue reading

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Workshop#1- Accepting Voices @ UoT: Fri 27 October 2017


Shortlink: http://wp.me/p1gxmN-47E This workshop is open to all.  Registration is required, limited places available. NOTE: If you are a current Grad Student at U of T please see note about spaces available to you for free through UTGSU Grad Minds. … Continue reading

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Chokehold: Stop and Frisk


Stop-and-frisks are brutal assertions of police dominance on African American men, through sexual harassment, torture and even terrorism. 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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Colonialism is a factory in which madness is manufactured


  Achille Mbembe talking about the importance of Franz Fanons’ ideas in today’s world and his own emerging ideas, which he says are “preliminary”, and only “sketched-out” around what he calls the  “politics of viscerality”- how the political situation or … Continue reading

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