Poetry and Creative Writing

Go Where You Grow: The Wishing Fruit

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash It had taken nearly two years to prepare the vessel properly.  Each day, I tended to the monstrous orange blossom, that now stood to nearly the height of a two-story house.  I lugged water pitcher after water pitcher to its thorny, green trunk, and lovingly applied fertilizer to the soil that surrounded… Continue reading Go Where You Grow: The Wishing Fruit

Poetry and Creative Writing

The Arctic Front

Photo by adrian on Unsplash My class would end in less than twenty minutes, but I was still restless; my craving for lemonade making me bite my lip.  Oh, I thought, you sweet and tasty beverage.  What I wouldn't do to get some of you.  When my professor wasn't looking I would let my head lull against my fist… Continue reading The Arctic Front

Policy Research

Top 5 Best and Worst States for Public Health

Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash U.S. News released a thorough study on public health, ranking the states from worst to best based on variables including smoking, access to nutrition, "economic challenges" and, of course, mental health. I had to capitalize on this opportunity to see what commonalities between the best states and between the worst states in… Continue reading Top 5 Best and Worst States for Public Health

Policy Research

Musing on Restrictive Practices in Mental Institutions

Photo by Andrei Lazarev on Unsplash ♦ Today I had the immense pleasure of listening to Professor John Baker speak on the worldwide movement to reduce restrictive practices with the National Elf Service podcast. The amount of presented occasions in which restrictive measures are warranted are actually few and far in between. In this ten minute segment, they… Continue reading Musing on Restrictive Practices in Mental Institutions

Policy Research

Humble Beginnings: A Brief Introduction to Mental Health Policy

Photo by Iñaki del Olmo on Unsplash What is Mental Health Policy? Mental Health Policy governs the legal mechanisms by which resources for mental health care are distributed, as well as the definitions that determine who can be civilly committed, that is who can be involuntarily committed in mental healthcare facilities for treatment. Because those… Continue reading Humble Beginnings: A Brief Introduction to Mental Health Policy

Me to Myself.

Imposter Syndrome: Thoughts on Mental Health and the World Around Us

Photo by henri meilhac on Unsplash ♦ In my short life, I have had the immense privilege of experiencing two graduate programs, one at the University of California Los Angeles and the other - my current program - at the University of California Irvine.  My time in both programs can be easily characterized as stressful,… Continue reading Imposter Syndrome: Thoughts on Mental Health and the World Around Us

What's Goin On?

De-Escalating an Early Morning Fight

Yesterday morning I was awakened by yelling and brazen threats coming from the mouth of my elderly neighbor.  We'll call him George.  George has a habit of picking fights with homeless men and women who - every so often - will come around to sift through the dumpsters for cans and food. Now before we… Continue reading De-Escalating an Early Morning Fight