By Clif Wright – Why Alternatives Conferences are Obselete

Are Alternatives conferences obsolete?

Ever since the Facebook conversations about the chance that funding for Alternatives conferences might have gotten cut, I wondered if folks were still thinking about, and discussing this. It kinda dead ended when the funds were assured. I think your raising it newly, and your call to action are right on time.

The upshot of the previous conversation for me was the possibility of seizing upon the uncertainty to propose new ways to produce the conference going forward. The specter of vanishing funds is still very much present. The Alternatives conference today is totally codependent.

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Diane Engster: I Have Problems; I’m Not Low Functioning, Part 2 of 2

Low functioning or unhappy?

My biggest problem is finding a job that’s the right fit for where I am right now. That does not make me “low functioning.”

How would you know if this man is low functioning or just feeling bad?

I can have great energy, great focus, good ideas, etc. etc. for a certain time. Then, all of a sudden, I crash and can’t do much of anything. When the crash happens, I can’t live up to the obligations I’ve committed myself to, and that makes working on projects with other people difficult.

These crashes can come

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Pat Risser – I Used To Be Low Functioning — Not Any More!

Low Functioning?

I was labeled “low-functioning.” Of course that was a punishment label.

If you can’t help others because labels, like “low functioning,” and treatment plans, are in your way, you should step aside and find some other calling. Not everyone is cut out to do this work.

I’ve known many doctors (MD and Ph.D.) who should never have any human contact because their people skills were so meager. They should be in some back room laboratory somewhere, torturing poor rats. At least they’d never get to torture us with their holier than thou attitudes.

Mental Health Experts and

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Michelle Barrett – Safety Nets My Mental Health Community Needs

Michelle Barrett is a social work grad student who has been encountering opposition for her story exploring the mental health civil rights movement. Her is her story about the penalties she’s faced for exploring the problems with our current mental health community building programs.

Her is her vision for a mental health community: I am still trying to carve out a place where I can provide a service that meets the unmet needs of my mental health community.

Sybil Noble and her husband Jerry Armstrong founded Ark of Friends, the first mental health community run by peers in Kansas

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How I Overcame Emotional Distress vs. Disease

Ken Braiterman, Board Chair of Wellness Wordworks, a proponent of emotional distress vs. disease

My experience of learning how to handle emotional distress vs. disease

Welcome to Wellness Wordworks’ site. My name is Ken Braiterman, Wellness Wordworks board chair. I’ll be blogging at this site about overcoming emotional distress vs. disease. Our business is changing the mental health system from a “disease model” to a “distress model.”

I will also write about my personal recovery from being a homeless, psychotic, traumatized cab driver in New York City. I journey through being a mental patient, to a recovery advocate, and

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