[guidebook-project] Welcome to the Guidebook Project!

  • From: Jewel <herekittykat2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guidebook-project@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:53:27 -0500

Hi everyone,
Because there are a number of us interested in creating the
Intersection of Blindness and Mental Health guidebook for mental
health professionals, I decided we needed a base of communication.
That is the purpose of this mailing list. Anyone who showed interest
in the project was subscribed. If you don't want to be a part of it,
please feel free to unsubscribe.
Please introduce yourself, your connection to the mental health
system, and tell us what you'd like to do for the project. Below is my
introduction, and I hope everyone will follow me in providing this
important introduction. So here's me:

My name is Jewel. I am the owner/moderator of the guidebook-project
list. I came up with the idea of a guidebook while talking to a friend
about the poor treatment that blind and visually impaired clients get
in psychiatric hospitals. Canes are taken away, guide dogs are treated
like pets or vicious animals, and no inclusion is practiced, leaving
blind and VI clients out of many therapy sessions, particularly
recreational and art therapy.
I am 28 years old and currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina,
USA. I  will be in my final semester at community college in the
spring and will transfer as a junior to North Carolina Central
University in the summer to work on a bachelor's in elementary
education. I plan to take a year's break after that to work as a
nurse's tech at a local psychiatric hospital, hopefully with children,
then will return to NCCU to work toward a Master's in Special
Education of the Blind.
I have been in-patient a number of times due to major depressive
disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and adjustment disorder with
borderline and obsessive tendencies. I currently attend a support
group that focuses on skill building and a  psychologist comes to my
home once a week. In addition, I have an alter ego named Derek. He is
18 years old and would get angry if I did not mention him. He will
*not* be posting to this list, though people who know me from another
mental health list may know him as rude, offensive, easy to anger, and
a chronic liar. He is, my therapist says, my subconscious way of
putting the blame for negative emotions on something else.
As a future teacher of the blind, I feel I am most suited to
researching the inclusion of blind and visually impaired clients in
the various forms of therapy, particularly recreational, art, music,
dance, and skill-building. I plan on interviewing both clients and
professionals about what they would like to see change or the
difficulties they have faced. Then, I'll research methods of including
blind and VI clients in these therapy sessions with an eye toward
improving the interaction of clients and professionals through a
better understanding of how blind and VI people access the activities
in these therapy sessions. I could use all the help I can get as well
as advice on the best way to do my part.
As the owner/moderator of this list, I will not tolerate spam,
advertisement, or any seriously off-topic posts. Anyone who does this
will get two warnings before they are unsubscribed from the list. I
also would like to encourage people to use trigger warnings, as
several on here have mental health issues that can be triggered by
certain subjects. Trigger warnings should be used for such topics as
death, suicide or suicidal thoughts, and sellf-injury. Other topics
that may have trigger warnings, at your discretion, are religion,
politics, and offensive language/cursing. You can add a trigger
warning by adding "*Trigger: <topic>*" to your subeect field and
placing the same at the start of the post, followed by two to three
blank lines. If you feel you will be triggered by a post, come back to
it at a time you feel more comfortable with the topic or delete the
All members are expected to participate in one way or another. I
understand busy lifvs, but if you are here you are committing to work
on the guidebook project. To that end, members need to check in at
least once a month with what they are doing toward the completion of
the guidebook and where their progress stands. Please also post
anything you feel is connected to the project that should be shared
with others.
Well, that's it from me. I look forward to learning more about all of
you and getting started on this amazingly exciting project.
Yours sincerely,
Jewel Shuping
Skype: juliennexgaspard

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