Tag: art and mental illness

How to Learn to Love to Write: A Mental Health Journey

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You go from enjoying writing to dreading the idea of ever scribbling words on a piece of paper ever again. What was once your escape has now become your prison.

Arrested Development: Britney Spears’ Memoir Is a Survivor’s Tale of Generational...

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Miranda Spencer discusses Britney Spears' new memoir and the harms of conservatorship.

Trying to Fly Above—An Example of Sequencity

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I consider synchronicity and sequencity connections to be gifts. The meaning involved is often much deeper and more personal than other people will recognize.

Dostoevsky: A Psychologist We Can All Learn From

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Psychology has greatly broadened its scope since Nietzsche’s day and yet his implied criticism is one the discipline is still wrestling with.

Everyone’s Afraid of an Angry Woman: Honoring Sinéad O’Connor

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In her tragic passing, I choose to honor her by raising up these words she said, by hearing and believing them.

Embodying Emotional Taboos: Musicians and Mental Health

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Mia Berrin is a songwriter, producer, and recording artist based out of Brooklyn, whose project, Pom Pom Squad, has garnered attention over the last...

Chris Bullard—The Sound Mind Live Festival

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Chris Bullard is the executive-director of the Sound Mind Live Festival which uses music as a connective force to bring people together to help address mental health stigma.

Can Listening to Heavy Metal Be Therapeutic?

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Many enthusiasts of heavy metal will say things like "Heavy metal saved my life," and there is a fairly established narrative amongst fans of the wellbeing benefits.

Can’t Be Trusted: A Book Review Review

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My book is a memoir written around the denial of my medical certificate required to fly light aircraft for mental health reasons.

Lost Poetry: Psychiatry and Creativity

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A poem can be destroyed when psychiatry treats a poet without reverence and honor for their creativity and their diversity of mind.

Mad Poetry Slam!

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Poets with lived experience with mental distress are invited to perform their poetry live at MIA's Mad Poetry Slam on Zoom on May 7th, 12PM EST.

Disability as a Creative Practice

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I wanted to explore how time and sequence work when memory is disrupted, in my case due to traumatic brain injury. I needed to document and reclaim my own sensorium.

Beyond Labels and Meds—Closer Look: Isabella Castillo

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At times I tend to feel invisible. Sometimes I don’t feel like I fit in with everyone else; I feel like an outsider.

Beyond Labels and Meds—Closer Look: Madeline Aliah

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Meet another talented teen behind the pieces in MIA's art exhibition. She writes: "This poem was written in my first year at a queer-positive school and is processing the new forms of guilt and shame I experienced and was exposed to."

Beyond Labels and Meds—Closer Look: Aurora Ramos

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Meet another talented teen behind the pieces in MIA's art exhibition, who says: "I think art is underrated sometimes because of its seemingly uselessness, but I highly believe it can cure many minds."

Beyond Labels and Meds—Closer Look: HoJin Kwak

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This is the first of 4 spotlight interviews with some of the talented youth behind the pieces in MIA's art exhibition. HoJin states: "The original idea for my drawing started with the brain. The complexity of its sudden twists and curves fascinates me."

Teen Arts Exhibition: Beyond Labels And Meds: What It Feels Like...

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28 teen artists share the power of their creativity in this collection of profoundly moving, courageous, and beautiful artwork.

Art and Transformation: Creating Justice in Mental Health

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An upcoming conference focuses on the perspective of artists and activists in answering what it means to have a just mental health care system: Who decides who is labelled as mad?

Call for Teen Art in All Media!

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MIA's Family Resources and Arts sections are co-sponsoring an online teen multimedia art exhibition with the theme “Beyond Labels and Meds: What It Feels Like to Be Me.”

Icarus, Let Me In: Songs For a Better Story

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Mark Lipman made the album he wished his 23-year-old self would have heard. He needed a way to tell an integrated story instead of one of stigma and diagnosis, and here it was in music.

The Song of Psychiatry: The Impact of Language

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I want to share the journey I took to find a new language, a new story, around my experiences and how that journey impacted my survival.

Rhythm Regulates the Brain: The Impact of Music (& More) on...

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From Don't Try This Alone: "Patterned, repetitive, rhythmic somatosensory activity… elicits a sensation of safety" and is key in bringing down the high stress levels of traumatized people, says Dr. Bruce Perry.

The Looting of “Outsider Art” by Psychiatry Continues Today

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The German museum of the Prinzhorn Collection, which opened in 2001, exhibits the stolen art of those considered by the Nazis to be "degenerates."

Art-Making as an Alternative Philosophy of Care During Emotional Crisis

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From National Empowerment Center: MIA Arts Editor Karin Jervert gives a talk on the role of creativity in the healing process as part of the "Compassionate Approaches to Crisis" webinar series.

Art, Music, Exercise, and More: What Are the Recommended Doses for...

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Researchers have calculated the dose-response benefits of ordinary hobbies, habits, and lifestyle practices that are available without any trip to a doctor or a drug store.