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?

Prayer, Pathways and Second Chances

There once was a time where I knew where I was going in my life, of that I am sure. From those recently past days, I have notes and drawings and piles of self-wrought scripture, to follow without doubt as to the destination or the nature of the path I took.  Everything was crystal clear,… Continue reading Prayer, Pathways and Second Chances

What's Goin On?

Social Isolation and the Mystery of Daily Programming

I'll admit it.  I woke up this morning and when I sat down to write a post for AKA.CLouise,  I had nothing.  In fact, less than no idea on what to write, I just didn't want to write.  I felt empty somehow, like I was missing something, and like I was meant to be somewhere… Continue reading Social Isolation and the Mystery of Daily Programming

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Dreamscapes: An Otherworldly Descent

In my dream, I am taken down into the cool summer blue of the underworld. Here, the water acts of its own accord, twisting up in beautiful crystalline spirals (or down, or meeting together in the center, in a balanced whorl of brilliant geometry). I have been led down here - at first against my… Continue reading Dreamscapes: An Otherworldly Descent