Category Archives: #SchoolofBadass

#SchoolofBadass | Access to Mental Illness Treatment & Family Involvement

  • 1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness in a given year
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with serious mental illness the percentage is higher: 62.9%.
  • Treatment should be collaborative and family members are a central resource in the treatment of both children and adults living with serious mental illness. Family members should be informed and empowered to play an active role in treatment whenever possible.
  • Access to treatment is particularly limited within underserved communities. In order to address this, programs and forms of treatment that are culturally relevant and appropriate must be fully funded, developed and implemented in every area of the state.

What to do?

  • People living with mental illnesses must have consistent and timely access to effective appropriate treatment options
  • Treatments should be client focused with meeting the consumer’s needs, not the desires of the system or service providers.
  • Research overwhelmingly shows that when families take an active part in treatment decisions, consumer outcomes are better. Family and consumer advocacy is effective and powerful.
  • NAMI California programs work to increase awareness of mental health in the community, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
  • State and local governments should continue to increase funding for stigma and discrimination reduction programs, including those which operate in schools.
  • With access and the right treatment, recovery is possible.


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#SchoolofBadass | Mental Illness & Criminal Justice

Roughly one-third of inmates in California’s jails suffer from serious mental illness. (via

  •  70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.
  • Individuals living with mental illness are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, which do not provide appropriate treatment or supports.
  • Law enforcement is often the first responder in situations that involve people living with a mental health condition.
  • California has made significant progress in recent years in training law enforcement to respond appropriately to situations that involve mental illness, including passage of SB 11 & SB 29 (Beall)
  • About 2 million American with mental health conditions are admitted to jails each year-most for
    non-violent crimes.

What Now?

  • We should expand on the success of proven diversion models, including mobile crisis teams and mental health courts.
  • It is important to encourage partnerships between behavioral health entities, criminal justice/law enforcement, families and consumers.
  • Law enforcement training and jail diversion programs rely on community partnerships and networks of mental health treatment programs. We encourage training of additional first responders, including EMTs and dispatchers.
  • Diversion programs must include treatment and supportive services, such as housing.
  • Decriminalization of mental illness starts with reducing the high cost of jailing people living with mental illness, by investing in policies and funding to ensure that people receive care in a more appropriate and supportive setting.

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#SchoolofBadass | Mental Illness & Crisis Care

Over 5 million individuals visit hospital emergency departments each year with a primary mental health diagnosis.


  • Families, individuals, law enforcement and others rely on emergency departments to provide timely, competent and compassionate medical care during a psychiatric emergency.
  • California hospitals have decreased inpatient psychiatric beds by 22% over the last decade, while the total number of acute care beds in the state has remained stable.
  • Up to 63% of individuals living with a mental illness also live with a significant medical condition which may require care during a psychiatric medical emergency.
  • California has made significant progress in recent years in training law enforcement to respond appropriately to situations that involve mental illness. (Crisis Intervention Training)

What now?

  • We should expand on the success of SB 82 (2013) by supporting additional capacity in the community through mobile crisis teams, crisis stabilization units and peer respite.
  •  Due to the current lack of crisis stabilization services in many counties, hospitals and emergency departments are over capacity and working to provide emergency psychiatric care.
  •  Emergency departments should be staffed with mental health professionals, and should provide mental health training to staff, including emergency physicians.
  • We should encourage partnerships between hospitals, health systems, counties, law
    enforcement, families and individuals in order to maximize our current capacity and provide the best care.

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Aspergers Girl- What not to say to someone with Autism

Aspergers Girl- What not to say to someone with Autism

Hi I’m Anja and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. I started this channel when I was 16 but now I’m 19 years old and studying Physics at University.

Business/enquiries :

Twitter @melissa_anja




Patterns of Abuse | How To Recognize a Mind Fuck?


Fuck being a victim, or continue experiencing abuse after it’s spotted.

If I can recognize it, and when I do recognize it, done. No apologies. And an extra go-fuck-yourself automatically included. Free of charge. 

The trick is how to recognize an abusive relationship when Autistic (or Neurodiverse) traits make it not understood until far too late.

Cutting ties to an abusive person includes a few consistent patterns in my experience — actually all my past abusers from childhood to recent (physical, sexual, emotional or gaslighting type) shared these traits:

IMG_0257I’m to blame. They are the victim and I’m the one that caused the issues and at fault for the abuse. If the abuser suffers any consequences for their behaviors, that’s some fault of mine they had to suffer.

The abuser is always publicly, loudly, quietly, always the victim. Someone is always at fault for their behaviors and no responsibility is accepted. They are a life-long, professional victim seeking pity, not help.

In a few situations, I’ve learned that telling the abuser they are what they are — will come with severe punishment. In one case doing so almost cost my life. That was an incredibly tense few hours until safety arrived in a friend who braved the situation and got me out. (Note: Don’t EVER do this. Just get out somehow and safe.)

So, before you get that far, or are in so deep you can’t breathe or see a reality other than the abuser’s and need help delineating personal rights, read this article, “In the Abuser’s Controlling Mind” published at Agape Aid Continue reading Patterns of Abuse | How To Recognize a Mind Fuck?

Workplace Disability Accommodations | Have Questions? JAN can help.

JAN (Job Accommodation Network) answers questions about workplace disability accommodations, or questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Wonder if your job can make a reasonable accommodation for your disability? Ask the folks at JAN. They are a source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. They work with both employee and employer. They help people disabilities highlight their talents that would make a great addition to the workplace.

How can they help you? … Some highlights. Continue reading Workplace Disability Accommodations | Have Questions? JAN can help.

American Badass Activists | The History, Pt. 1 (Video)

The History, Pt. 1 | #TheReal5150 Give Them Something To Talk About

This is the first episode on how Badass activism and the original campaign that started it all. Pt 2 and 3 will be posted soon — and as time moves into memory, more episodes will be created.  Until then, enjoy.

Can Autistic People Feel Empathy?

Not all disabilities are visible.

My name is Katy and I live with a number of invisible disabilities including Asperger’s Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

I try and post regular videos about my lifestyle and experiences whilst learning to live with my disabilities.

Hope you come along for the ride! Continue reading Can Autistic People Feel Empathy?

Things Not To Say To Someone With Schizophrenia [via BBC three]

Managing schizophrenia is one thing, but managing some people’s perception that you must be a dangerous, weed-smoking ‘Jekyll-and-Hyde’ character is another.

Here are the clichés that people with schizophrenia are tired of dealing with.

Continue reading Things Not To Say To Someone With Schizophrenia [via BBC three]

Meetup to #Resist


For almost 15 years, Meetup has served as an organizing platform for a wide range of political parties and movements, welcoming everyone from the Howard Deaniacs to the Tea Party. “We’re vital plumbing for democracy,” we always said. Before today, our company had never taken a partisan stance. It’s not a decision we take lightly.

But after Donald Trump’s order to block people on the basis of nationality and religion, a line had been crossed. At a time when core democratic ideals felt under attack, we looked at our members’ response, and were inspired by Meetups like SF Resist. We felt a duty to spark more activity and broaden civic participation. Continue reading Meetup to #Resist


NAMI_logo Published on: Mar 20, 2017

The American Health Care Act, Congress’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would result in massive cuts to Medicaid that will affect people with mental illness and families-and law enforcement.

On March 13th, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that Medicaid would cover 14 million fewer people over the next 10 years. In total, an estimated 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 if the bill becomes law.


Signs of An Abusive Relationship

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The Catalysts for Change

Source: Relationship Rules

“Abuse of any kind, coming from any one should be intolerable. As opposed to physical abuse; the consequences of which are visible to everyone, emotional abuse tends to go unnoticed. There is an equally good chance of you being either on the receiving or the delivering end, when it comes to emotional abuse. To make matters worse, you might be oblivious to the situation. It has a detrimental influence on your personality; as it eats away at your self-respect and poise bit by bit. It is one thing to be unaware of the issue, but many people knowingly allow themselves to be tortured emotionally in the name of love. Don’t let yourself be manipulated. We need to understand that love does require great sacrifice, but it should never be in the form of your self-worth.Here are a few warning signs that you need to acknowledge as…

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