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The Tattered Tapestry
A Family’s Search for Peace With Bipolar Disorder
Kara Smith & Kevin Smith & Tom Smith
On Monday, January 13, 2003, a twenty-six-year old pregnant woman with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, committed suicide. Her name was Kara Smith. This book is a record of a family’s nine-year battle to keep Kara safe and preserve the independence that Kara needed.
Tapestry is a narrative with three voices: Kara’s father, Tom Smith, Kara’s twin brother Kevin Smith, and from Kara in the posthumous publication of Kara’s writings. This book takes the reader through the unwinding threads that lead to Kara’s irrevocable act.
Tom Smith’s narration dominates... (Click Here to Read More)
Mental Health Empowerment Project Twentieth Annual Peer Network Gathering
A Keynote Address by Vanessa Jackson LCSW
Paul Chipkin, Senior Peer Advocate, Staten Island Peer Advocacy Center
“I am unapologetically an angry black woman! Why aren’t you angry?
We want a queen! We want a queen! Kill the queen! Kill the queen!
You just need to discharge your rage so that you don’t destroy the person next to you, trying a different strategy!
People have learned how to chop off the heads of the leaders, so leadership must be diversified! There are all sorts of people out there doing things that we never hear about! What are your passions? What is your neighbor living for?
What happened to you? How does it affect you now? What do you need to heal? Though still wounded, what... (Click Here to Read More)
RENEWED BELIEF – RECOVERY
Recovery is a renewed belief in the human experience
Jeffrey Perry
Baltic Street, AEH, Inc. [Advocacy, Employment and Housing, (incorporated)] Bridger Program
Program Supervisor and CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner)

Recovery is a renewed belief in the human experience—a belief in one's self, as well as, the belief in others. We can easily lose trust when situations have low merit; when we live in subhuman conditions that are below the poverty level without moral economic norms. Here no human being finds a love for one’s self. This coupled with a devastating mental health issue can deplete a person of any belief in themselves.... (Click Here to Read More)
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