Why the mental health professions are scared of climate change…

I love what my friend says about paranoia, climate change, and the resilience of people who have already lost everything, multiple times.

Falling leaves

I want to write about how mental health service fail to give me a narrative for my mental health condition and how this could be linked to the sense that they are ignoring the historical moment we are in (ie climate change). They can’t give a story about my mental health because they are screening off the larger cultural story we are all going through that civilisation is collapsing. It’s probably too big an issue for mental health services to admit. The elephant in the room that is the root cause behind a lot of mental health issues in the population in ten thousand different manifestations. 

I don’t want to report individual conversations with mental health workers because I feel that would be breaking trust. I will just give a general sense. 

So I experience paranoia as constant and debilitating. Something that has crept up rapidly over a…

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Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability

“People are shrinking and squeezing themselves into what counts as able-bodied under capitalism, and I think most people are doing the same thing with gender. Most people are gender non-conforming and we are squeezing ourselves into these categories to keep ourselves safe.” Mia Mingus is my hero!

Leaving Evidence

*Femmes Of Color Symposium Keynote Speech, Oakland, CA (8/21/11)

water color painting of an octopus done in greens, yellows, oranges and pinks.Good afternoon, and thank you for having me.  It is lovely to be here with you all.  Thank you to the symposium organizers who have asked me to be here and for your hard work putting this gathering on.  And thank you to ALL the folks who have made it possible for us to be here, including the people who built this building and who clean it and care for it everyday; including the people who are being violently exploited in this country and around the globe for their resources and labor so that we can exist in this air conditioned hotel with access to clean water and food, able to sit in relative safety from military attacks or the police barging in.  And including and honoring native and first nations communities upon whose land we are currently on and whose…

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