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Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest...Terrible Proposed Cuts to Mental Health Services

Kendall Simmons

(This post was written by Caitie Hilton last month...sorry for the delay in posting it.) Recently I attended Mental Health Advocacy Day at the Capitol and had a chance to learn about the current issues facing the mental health system in Kansas as well as speak to my representatives and ...

Crisis Intervention Teams...We Need Them Here! Now!

Kendall Simmons

“No one thinks they need CIT officers until either an officer or a mentally ill person ends up dead. That’s how it always happens – that’s how it always works.” – Major Sam Cochran, founder of Crisis Intervention Teams Crisis Intervention Teams was an program started in Memphis, TN by ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest -- Love Is Blind And Ignorance Is Blinding.

Kendall Simmons

Sunday, December 26, 2010 Walking away from my car toward the RAHN holiday party, I tried to be optimistic about the situation into which I was about to willingly inject myself. As someone who had a rather cushy, sheltered upbringing, my experience with homelessness and mental disabilities would hardly be ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest -- A Safe Place

Kendall Simmons

Hi! I'm Andy, and I'd like to tell you a little bit about RAHN. RAHN is a place where, if you have a mental illness, you can go to get social support from people working on recovery from the same problems you have. They have small peer-to-peer support groups as ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest - ECT: Not Your Old Time Shock Therapy

Kendall Simmons

(Written by a current RAHN consumer) To give you a quick introduction, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type I (the more severe form) when I was sixteen. Although I have the diagnosis of bipolar, I have always had severe depression. Although I was not officially diagnosed until I was ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Vote YES on #2!!

Kendall Simmons

For those of you planning to vote...and for those of you looking for a good reason to vote...we at RAHN strongly encourage you to Vote YES on Number 2 on election day!! In other words, we urge you to vote yes to the amendment to the Kansas Constitution that removes ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest -- Fear is the Mind-Killer

Kendall Simmons

When I was a kid growing up in Lawrence, there was a little man who I would see downtown sitting in a little cart that he used to get around. He sold pencils. I think he might have been blind. I’m pretty sure he was physically disabled. His problems didn’t ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest -- Fear is the Mind-Killer

Kendall Simmons

When I was a kid growing up in Lawrence, there was a little man who I would see downtown sitting in a little cart that he used to get around. He sold pencils. I think he might have been blind. I’m pretty sure he was physically disabled. His problems didn’t ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest -- Proving Those Naysayers Wrong!

Kendall Simmons

From the time I was a very little kid, I felt that I was different from other kids my age. Maybe it was the way that I could never sit still in class, or the way that I seemed to feel emotions much more intensely than everyone else. When I ...

Flying Over The Cuckoo’s Nest -- It's All About Who *We* Want To Be!

Kendall Simmons

Years ago, when I was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), I felt that a judgment had been put on my head, a label had been set and therefore that was who I was. A person with DID that had to be fixed. I forgot about all of my other ...

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