funny but also sad
funny but also sad
I just want to add in that if you’re in Canada, because certain services are covered by healthcare, you can go to your doctor and explain that you are seeking mental health services and why, and often you will get into therapy, counselling or to see a psychiatrist for free or at reduced cost. We have a lot more mental health programs than we used to - at least where I am.
There’s similar for OHIP (Ontario), but I’ve heard horror stories about the wait times. If you can’t afford a therapist, definitely talk to your doctor about it, but if you can then you’re much more likely to find someone who can talk to you sooner.
If you live in the US and don’t have insurance, medicare or medicaid, look first for community mental health services. Often times they only take clients who have “severe” mental illness that puts their lives at risk, but every place is different. Another option is to call the counselors in your area and ask if they take clients on a sliding scale. Many counselors take a certain number of clients at free or reduced fees. Community mental health centers may also be able to provide counseling for free because of grants. And if you’re seeking counseling because of sexual assault, look for Community Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) services. Many of them offer free counseling.
Waiting for a therapist is almost like waiting for a new one to start and graduate from school. Currently in Newfoundland there aren’t any available/accepting patients. I know someone who has been on a waiting list for literally 3-5 years. Someone else has had a doctor for a long time but hes like 75 and only comes into the office every once and a while so it’s difficult to see them unless it’s about medication.
Reblogging for added description [thanks!] Followers from other Canadian provinces, does this also work the same way where you live?
Given the wide variety of sexual and romantic identities I created this more nuanced (than this one) graphic of the various definitions of identities.
For anyone who is curious, I left trans* identities off because they are neither sexual or romantic, although they do fall under the queer umbrella. People often confuse the issue of sexual and romantic attraction with trans* identities and that’s incredibly unfortunate, so to avoid that, I did not include them here.
As always, if I get anything wrong, I’d love to hear from you. And if you are interested in having the files for your particular identity, I’m happy to supply jpgs of the squares.
Tomorrow (March 1st) is Self Injury Awareness Day. For me, for your friends, for your family, for strangers… wear something orange, put up a poster, show your scars. Please do something to raise awareness. Thank you.
We should not be silent, our scars are the language in which we tell our story.
This Thursday, the 1st of March, is Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD). Spread the word & draw butterflies! ♥
Some PostSecret entries tell the real stories of experiencing mental illness. Definitions can only go so far; personal anecdotes can give you whole new insight into what mental
This is taking place at my school and I am furious. Under the American with Disabilities Act any school district (with the exception of a deaf school) that hires her will have to provide an interpreter. It’s ridiculous that the school is not allowing her to have an interpreter in the classroom when she will have one while she is actually working. I will be working on legislation with the student government association to do something about this, but for the time being I think it needs some visibility.
Don’t let CMU get away with this.
There is now a petition! Sign and reblog!
Today in student government myself and others presented a resolution in support of Kelly, but it looks like she is going to need as much support as she can get. Sign the petition, reblog this post, anything you can do to help get this fixed.
Ableism is never okay.
One of the great things about Tumblr is that people use it for just about every conceivable kind of expression. People being people, though, that means that Tumblr sometimes gets used for things that are just wrong. We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech,…
In which Tumblr takes a tough stand against a dangerous issue, and does it the right way.
TUMBLR STAFF FINALLY DOES SOMETHING RIGHT.