A Reflection on Mothers, Children, and Mental Illness

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I woke up this morning and there it was again, I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother. This essay is all over the internet, written by a woman who is using her personal story about experiences with her “mentally ill” son, whom she is “terrified of,” to appeal for more dialogue on the issue of mental health. As I write this, her son’s picture has been viewed by over a million people. They have read her accounts of what may be some of these young man’s most painful childhood memories.

Visionary Alternatives to the DSM

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This is a call for submissions to a zine I am compiling, which will include self-portraits and descriptions of one’s own madness/mental health issues as a DSM alternative. The idea for my zine is that labels like Bipolar I, Schizophrenia, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder are dehumanizing and cannot capture how beautiful and diverse and complex madness is. I want to create a translator from DSM to mad pride- sort of like an alternative guidebook for understanding madness rather than the DSM.

suicidal ideation 2.0, queer community leadership, and staying alive anyway

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One of my friends said, what should we do? Should we have regular red flag check ins with each other, the way we do about relationships? Should I go up to you and ask, Have you been thinking about killing yourself lately? And I thought, if anyone came at me saying, HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT KILLING YOURSELF LATELY?, I'd automatically lie and say hell no. The way I have to every single doctor, social worker and most therapists in my life.  I don't want anything I can prevent on my permanent record, and I definitely don't want Danger to Self or Others. I've been fighting this my whole life, and I've seen the oppression and hardness that that label can mean to folks in my life who've had it.

 

But if you normalized it. Because it is normal. This secret. That so many of us wrestle with suicidality. Then maybe, maybe just maybe I'd tell you where it was at. 

 

And maybe we could map the terrain of those ideation places better.

Madness Radio Kickstarter Campaign -- SUCCESSFUL!

UPDATE: On January 2 2013 Madness Radio reached its Kickstarter goal -- we raised $23,796 for new shows in 2013 and a Madness Radio book! 193 people donated -- including many people who are part of The Icarus Project community. This has been an incredible showing of community mobilization for Madness Radio's first fundraising effort ever. THANKS to everyone who contributed, shared on Facebook and around the internet, and spread the word to make the campaign a success!  If you haven't heard Madness Radio listen online to one of more than 100 shows here, and join the Madness Radio Facebook for updates here.) - Will Hall, Producer, and Leah Harris, Technical Director

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Madness Radio is co-sponsored by Icarus and longtime Icarista Will Hall has been hosting and producing shows since 2005. This is Madness Radio's first fundraising effort ever and we can't continue with shows without funding for 2013. We're also doing a Madness Radio book of interviews to reach even more people.

I want to thank everyone who has supported Madness Radio over the years, the guests and listeners and the many Icarus members and co-conspirators who have been interviewed on the show. Now is the time -- please join the effort to keep Madness Radio's voices and visions on the air. Mad love and appreciation everyone -- Will Hall, Madness Radio host

New German Translations of Icarus Project Writings!

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In November of 2012 the AKPsychiatriekritik [freakoutcrazy.com] will publish a German version of the Hurting Yourself Zine and an Zine with mixed writings from different Icarus Project publications combined with autobiographical texts of members and friends of the AKPsychiatriekritik about experiences with crisis and psychiatry. 

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