Elyn Saks: A Tale of Mental Illness–From Inside

An amazing video worth sharing. A look of Elyn’s experience of living with Schizophrenia. She makes three great claims at the end of this video. Please watch & notice the strength-based language that supports the empowerment of individuals’ recovery.

Check out Elyn’s novel: “The Center Will Not Hold” for additional insight into her experiences.

Problem with Oppression & Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

Problem with Oppression & Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The problem is not simply the presence of a mental illness in an individual’s life; rather, it is how society responses to the individual’s different view of living and functioning in the world.

How ‘healthy’, ‘normal’, and ‘deficientcy’ is defined ,and perpetuated, in society greatly impacts an individual’s perception of themselves, their interactions with others, and how the societal structures assist or inhibit the person’s process of recovery.

USC visits the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines

Please visit this link, http://manila.usembassy.gov/mobile/usc-up-women-empowerment-legislation.html, to read about USC Social Work students’ visit to the US Embassy.

During the Philippine Global Immersion Program, USC and students from the University of the Philippines Manila and Diliman visited the US Embassy for a discussion about women’s empowerment and legislation. The event was welcomed by Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Brian Goldbeck, an alumni of USC, on June 5th. The speakers at the event were former Congresswoman Lia Maza and Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines.

             Pictures from the event can be seen by visiting the link provided above.

 

 

 

 

A documentary worth watching

A documentary worth watching

I attended the premiere of this documentary yesterday. The documentary is titled: “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness”.

The documentary highlights the stigma that has engulfed individuals throughout California. The people are like you and me; they are from all races, ethnicity, and cultures. The documentary equally discusses the recovery model, which is based upon a strengths-based perspective.

This documentary will officially air on May 30th at 8pm as part of California’s Mental Health Movement. It’s a documentary worth watching.

Visit http://www.eachmindmatters.org for more information.