[guidebook-project] Re: Welcome to the Guidebook Project!

  • From: Michelle Medina <michellem86@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guidebook-project@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:45:31 -0500

Would you please give an intro for me, you already know why I'm asking
as I've emailed you offlist.

Thank you,

On 12/13/13, Lauren Merryfield <lauren1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am Lauren Merryfield from northern California. I am owned by 3 cats and
> have one human daughter.
> I am interested in this project both as a client and as one with an MSW
> degree.
> When I was young, my depression and other issues went unaddressed. Back in
> 1983 I had a reaction to reglan and took myself to the hospital where I was
> taken off reglan but also diagnosed with mild bipolar disorder. I have been
> on meds ever since, thank goodness.
> I experienced issues related to mental health professionals not knowing
> what
> to do with a blind person which interfered with the treatment process at
> the
> beginning especially.
> I am interested in helping on this project. I am not wanting to do research
> but I can help with being interviewed and writing.
> I think that mental health professionals need to have a guidebook which is
> as required as the dsm4 or 5. Either that, or the info needs to be
> incorporated into the next dsm. (diagnostic and statistical manual).
> Many blessings,
> Lauren
> . To think that I know what's best for anyone else is to be out of my
> business. Even in the name of love, it is pure arrogance, and the result is
> tension, anxiety, and fear. Do I know what's right for me? That is my only
> business. Let me work with that before I try to solve problems for you.
> ~ Byron Katie from Loving What Is
> For my new book go to:
> www.TheresMoreThanOneWay.com
> curious about thirty-one? Go to:
> www.LettingTheCatOutOfTheBag.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: guidebook-project-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:guidebook-project-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jewel
> Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 12:53 AM
> To: guidebook-project@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [guidebook-project] Welcome to the Guidebook Project!
> 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
> message.
> 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
> herekittykat2@xxxxxxxxx
> 919-802-1576
> Skype: juliennexgaspard

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