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

  • From: Michelle Medina <michellem86@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guidebook-project@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:46:32 -0500

Nice to meet everybody else.

I'll be of as much help as I can be.

On 12/13/13, Michelle Medina <michellem86@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Jewel,
> Would you please give an intro for me, you already know why I'm asking
> as I've emailed you offlist.
> Thank you,
> Michelle
> 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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