By Chris Foulke – Use Anger As a Tool

I am totally fed up with the discrimination I see in “Health Care” that masquerades as a legitimate treatment system and is basically a sickness care, disease management, and pharmaceutical distributrion network.  As far as health and healthy people go, they don’t want them!

This man from the Ruiz West Pennway Graffiti Gallery in Kansas City might use anger as a tool

That’s us, the drugged, diffused, diagnosed, downtrodden, disease-having, dollar-producing “consumers,” but this is about the whole society, not just people who are physically stressed so that our brains are affected.

The ANGER is a tool,  the ripe

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Using Twitter for More than Trivial Exchanges is Quick, Useful, and Fun

Twitter logo

A lot of people think using Twitter is pointless because it’s all just trivial conversations.

However, using Twitter is also a way to share Internet links with 100  or 1000 people that you highly respect, saying, “Here’s an article right along your interests.” It’s like a personalized magazine where you can interact with the authors.

People say they don’t have time for using Twitter, but you really don’t have time NOT to use it in specific and social messaging in general.

Using Twitter does not require you to be home at your computer You can send and

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Today’s Personalized Internet Looks Back at You When You Look

Your personalized internet remembers and analyzes every move you make

When you look at things on personalized Internet search engines, your own social media, your cell phone, and GPS navigation tool, they’re looking back at you, recording electronically all kinds of personal information about your likes, political beliefs, friends, phone contacts, where you are, and where you go, a new book says.

Mathematical formulas (algorithms) turn that personal information into an electronic profile of your likes, dislikes, habits, and beliefs, and those of your friends.  They turn the information into money by creating a profile of you, and sending

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The Importance of the New Collaborative Model

The new collaborative model

Collaboration is a good idea with something underlying.  Some people are torn between the traditional ideas of the industrial marketplace, and the newer, more collaborative model. Trying to put those traditional ideas inside this new collaborative model creates a lot of stress and friction.

The most powerful place to live within this competition between old ides and the new collaborative model is also the brightest hope for entrepreneurs and free enterprise.  The new collaborative model is NOT the marketplace model.

How do people  get compensated for their work, while doing good in that world?  

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By Hannah – Slowing Down and Being With Me

Having fun being with me

Until recently, I could lose myself in the Internet, but I ddn’t feel like it.  I could flip my screen to another window, glance at lines of text, pretend to read, and get into a mode where I learn and absorb nothing, only a sense of urgency and overwhelm.

I don’t think human beings evolved to represent our thoughts in multiple words and paragraphs at the drop of a hat. Maybe this technology allows us to say more than we can truly establish for ourselves. Maybe I can’t just conjure up a representation of

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Talking Back to The Language Police

Language police control ideas as well as words

Recently, I got “beat up” by the language police in a bloody Facebook fight.  I was charged with:

1. Using the term “SMI” to refer to the “Seriously Mentally Ill” population.

2. Asserting that conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were “organic brain disorders,” different than situational issues such as trauma-based depression or stress-related anxiety.

The “language police,” aware of my personal history with traumas from hospitalizations and misdiagnoses, blasted me for my “hypocrisy,” and “holier than thou” attitude. Many people shared stories of having been traumatized by narrow-minded or inaccurate

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How to Make a Good New Drop-In Center

The group of us who started a new drop-in center did a tremendous amount of research before we started. First, I had lived in the community for nearly 20 years, as had many of the people in our organizing group. We did multiple focus groups asking consumers in the community what they wanted. We ended up finding two groups of consumers with different needs.

One group had already taken advantage of most of the mental health programs that existed, and wanted more than they had to offer.  The other group consisted of people who basically had not been in other

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Having Your Own Website, Part 3: Using Non-Verbal Editing Tools on Your Blogs

Non-verbal editing tools above the dashboard’s copy block

The text editing tools on your word processor are the same as your website’s dashboard.  Your website’s non-verbal editing tools can be just as satisfying and creative.

You have a cursor you can move with your mouse or mouse pad, or the arrow keys on your keyboard.  Two sliders, on the right edge of the copy block and right edge of the page, move your copy, or the page, up and down without changing it.  Buttons above the copy make or unmake highlighted words bold or italic, or start bulleted or numbered

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Hosting Your Own Website, Part 2: The Dashboard (Control Panel)

WordPress log-in page to your own website dashboard

Access to your own website dashboard (c0ntrol panel) is all you need to edit your blogs, save them in the queue, post them, or schedule them for a future day.

Your dashboard offers many functions and options, like editing text, adding art, adding (embedding) links to related Internet pages, automatically posting your blogs to Facebook and Twitter, and search engine optimization (SEO), a system for attracting Google searchers to your blog,

It lists all your past, current, and future blogs, and lets you save a work in progress. It lets you schedule a

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Having Your Own Website, Part 1: Learning to Speak “Website”

It’s best, before you start your own website, to state in one or two simple sentences what it will be for.  You can always change, add, or subtract from that, or have more than one purpose, but starting a big, ongoing project without some goal or direction is a good way to drift or get lost.

Hosting your own website amplifies your presence

People are more likely to become regular visitors to your site if they can identify its purpose(s).

Hosting your own website is fun and empowering.   Many people are terrified of the idea, and see website

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Money warps politics – Fighting it with Creativity and People Power

Editor’s Note:  This video is a good social messaging tip because you can see how Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, uses young people to make change, uses humor, uses audience engagement. 350.org can teach all empowerment movements some lessons from how they work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdF8wz4Jwm8

Although climate change is not the focus on Wellness Wordworks, it has the same root causes and perpetuating factors as the worst problems in the mental health care system. In all cases, large, powerful corporations are making money off doing things in a way that hurts small, non-influential  In the language of the Occupy movement, the 1%

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Where Is Our Mental Health Culture?

NARSAD Artworks Sells Posters by People in Recovery

I’m an oboist who just happens to have a diagnosis, but there are very very few opportunities for me to get together with others in the mental health community to make music. We should do this outside our community, but when I had an episode, I  lost my ability to read and play music. A mental health culture — others who might have similar problems — would help me get it back before I try again in the larger community.

Mental Health Culture:  Making  Our Own Art, Music, and History

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Celebrating a Painful Old Trauma Makes It A Permanent Victory and Revenge

Beth Israel Hospital did not know how to treat me

Thirty-five years is too long to carry a wound that still hurts from time to time.  I’m talking about my first experience as a “mental patient“ in 1977.

I’m determined to put that pain behind me this year.

Over time, I’ve come to realize that only one person who treated me at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston was malicious.  The rest just didn’t know how to treat me.

I Don’t Hate Well-Meaning People Who Just Don’t Know

The staff was following a treatment plan, and what they knew

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Mental Health Advocacy and a Symphony Are A Lot Alike

One thing to notice about a symphony is that it is, first and foremost, an alignment of wholes — all players in their own place with their own instruments, their own voice.  Each also shares the desire to harmonize, blend their voices, and create beauty.  Mental health advocacy and a symphony should be more alike.

The thread that ties the players and music together is responsibility, each one, all together. taking personal responsibility for the music’s perfection, for their part, and, ultimately, for the harmony. The alignment of wholes, all commited to producing the same grand result, say Handel’s Messiah.  each

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On-Page Search Engine Optimization 101

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is making your page so that Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines are more likely to to pull up your particular website. There are certain techniques to use that make these web crawlers are more likely to find you. This post is about on-page SEO, which means editing your blog post as you go to improve your search results.

See the face? On-page SEO can help people see things they didn't before.

How on-page SEO can help readers find you:

One thing to keep in mind is that 80% of people won’t click past

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