Hiya folks! It’s me Elizabeth Brico AKA Betty. I know, I know, I have not posted in farrrr too long. And I’m sorry to say, this won’t be a full post either. I have been doing a lot of work investigating various aspects of the child “welfare” system over the past several months, especially for my Reimagining Communities fellowship with the National Council and my journalism fellowship with Talk Poverty. I was recently in Washington D.C. speaking at Georgetown Law about the ways in which child services is not designed to help people with substance use disorders, and is actually harming families they claim to want to help. So, my message is gaining some traction, even while my own case continues to face the very corruption I am battling.Continue reading
I have sad news today. Simply-Linked, my linkup provider, has disappeared. It happened the same day major hosting network dreamhost had some kind of attack that sent several sites (including this blog) offline for a couple hours, so at first I thought it was part of that. But then it didn’t return with everything else. And it still hasn’t returned. I’m hoping for the best–that the developers will have an ounce of honesty and reinstate it with at least some kind of warning that will allow users to transfer their content–but I’m not feeling super optimistic. Until that happens, Off-Fridays, THE Mental Illness Blog Share is officially dead. Not just future incarnations, but also all of the amazing resource libraries we created together. I’m truly sorry. If I had been given any kind of warning, I would have at least transferred the past libraries to my own page. But I had no reason to expect this long-standing service to suddenly disappear. I sincerely apologize to everyone who dedicated their time and effort into building those libraries here on Betty’s Battleground.
I hope you’ll accept my apology, and this token of appreciation, which is a list of the best blogs and articles I’ve been reading this week. You can click through and read some interesting, uplifting, and generally well-written content. I’m truly sorry about our libraries. I will update you if they return.
Here’s the best content I’ve been reading, and what I think you should be reading now too.
Today’s guest post comes from MomMandy, a mama who struggles with depression and who was featured previously as one of the Parenting With Mental Illness interviewees.
In this article by Mandy, a mother who hails from the Netherlands, she describes her lifelong struggle with depression, and how a combination of therapy, self-care, and antidepressant medication helps her manage it. Right now I am putting together an article about medication and the stigma faced by people who use it. There are different levels of stigma associated with different medications. For example, the focus of the article I’m writing is methadone and buprenorphine, both used to treat opiate dependency and addiction. But medicine for other mental health conditions face a fair amount of stigma too. How many times you have you seen that meme telling people pills are shit and trees are medicine? Did you know that many advocates of the 12-step program do not consider users of appropriately prescribed psychiatric medication, including antidepressants, sober? Stigma is real and it is rampant. So I commend Mandy for standing up and advocating for the medicine that has allowed her to thrive.