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Thursday, February 12th, 2009
3:22 pm
Women and Phobias
Hey guys. My name is RJ and I'm working on a new cable television show for a major cable network. We're looking for women with phobias that we can attempt to cure. Unlike other pervious attempts at shows of this topic, we're interesting in following the entire journey and actually helping, as opposed to exploiting it. I've attached the casting notice. If you or someone you know is interested, please send me an email. We're not casting the show for long so make sure to do it ASAP. This is for women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 40. Thanks and good luck.



Do you have a phobia that's holding you back from enjoying life? Are you looking for help? A major cable network is casting a show that will try and help women overcome their phobias. We're looking for women who have phobias that constrict their day-to-day life and want to take the next step in overcoming their fears. The show will put female phobic’s into a therapeutic environment to help them face their fears head on. Under the guidance of counselors and through the use of therapy the goal of the show is to help these women get their lives back on track. If you’re a woman who’s ready to eliminate your fear once and for all, this is the show for you!

Please email us with your name, age, contact information, picture, and phobia. Be sure to also include in your e-mail a brief description of how your phobia has prevented you from living life to its fullest and why you're ready to conquer it and finally move on.

Send your e-mails to: RJLareseCasting@gmail.com.
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
12:15 am
Hi there
I just wanted to introduce myself. I've been a consumer in the system for the past 5 years. I am on the Local Mental Health Authority's Community Advisory Board (and the board's Secretary). I'm also Chair of the board's Advocacy Committee. I've been working on getting my state to recognize March 1 as Self-Injury Aareness Day for the past couple of years. I used to self-injure (haven't in over a year).
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
9:38 pm
If this is against the rules I apologize. I didn't see it listed anywhere in the rules.

I started a new community for people in Alabama with bipolar disorder. It's bipolar_alabama. It is mostly a social and support group, which is desperately needed down here where no one understands or accepts mental illness.
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
7:33 pm
I am currently writing a paper for my final year of social work. I have to pick a public policy and analyse it. I chose to write about the recent de-institutionalization in our communities and how this has led to an increase in homelessness but also self-advocacy for mental health consumers.
This is in Canada but if you have any info or leads, let me know!
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
7:53 pm
Greetings. I am hoping that someone here will be willing to assist me. I belong to an organization called Street Spritis Theatre Company. We have a contract to create a training docudrama on integrated case management for social services. I am one of the actors and my role is that of a mother in her 40's who has schizophrenia. My character has only been back on meds for a couple of weeks and is dealing with getting her children back from ministry care. Would someone be willing to discuss the challenges of schizophrenia with me and assist me in developing this character? Thank you

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, January 15th, 2005
7:30 pm
There is a controversy going on in Vancouver surrouding an organisation for which I work.
We are trying to run a recovery home for persons suffering from mental illness. Most detox centres and recovery homes are gearded towards the general public and aren't equipped to deal added disabilities like schizophrenia. The idea is that once a person has quit their substance, they move into this home for a set length of time and learn how to get their lives in order now that they're sober. The rpoblem is, we can't open a building like this in Vancouver's downtown because that's where all the drugs are and nobody would stay clean. So we've opted to open it in a suburb of sorts, where people can simply live their lives in peace and quiet, without getting hassled by drug dealers. But the folks that already live in this neighbourhood are protesting (a petition was signed by 3000 people) because they don't want "junkies" near their kids. They are missing the point that our clients are trying NOT to be junkies and need community support and encouragement to do so.
So how do we proceed? At the moment we're in serious danger of getting blocked due to the huge numbers of citizens who are opposed to the project.
Friday, January 7th, 2005
7:26 pm
Talking for 'em
I gotta say - it's a tricky field in which to work, espceically if you mix up drug addiction and lifelong trauma into the pot. All the reasearch I'm doing and courses I'm taking suggests 'client-driven' work, which I'm all for, believe me. Thing is, it's difficult to get clear enough communication with some folks to establish where they're at, what they want, how they feel, etc. And yet it feels awful to assume what a person's goals are. Who am I to act on another's behalf?
Very tough.
Thursday, December 16th, 2004
9:54 pm
well, seeing as I'm the only member...chances are this won't be read.
I would, however, like to open up the floor to those who, like me, work in the field of mental health and struggle with ethical issues every day.

For instance:
is 'recovery' possible or necessary? if so, what environment is required?
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