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

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Me to Myself.

Fear and the Specter of Involuntary Commitment

I had experienced something life-changing, something I found that the wide majority of people felt REALLY uncomfortable with my talking about.

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

What's Goin On?

A Little Pep-Talk to the Self

It is often that I need to remind myself that I am worthy of happiness and that my being is not mutually exclusive from success.  After pulling myself from my graduate program, I have felt an almost constant urge to do more, to push myself harder, to be better than I am. Which sounds great,… Continue reading A Little Pep-Talk to the Self