Eleven Years of Being Peers

Eleven Years of Being Peers

Essay by Linda Fuglestad This year, 2022, Alyssum quietly, but proudly, celebrates 11 years of being here in Vermont as the first peer-hosted alternative holistic crisis intervention and respite! In doing this work, we have been happy to celebrate our ongoing...
Crazy or Not, Here I Come

Crazy or Not, Here I Come

Essay by Phoebe Sparrow Wagner I used to be “crazy.” Labeled CMI, chronically mentally ill, prone to psychosis, I was a revolving-door mental patient, one who spent almost as much time in her adult life in the hospital as out of it. Although I had various diagnoses,...
Mental Health and Cycling

Mental Health and Cycling

Essay by Tanawat Luekr-u-suke Riding my bike and walking have always been a way for me to clear my thoughts and improve my attitude. Over time, long walks and bike rides became meditation sessions for me, allowing me to boost my mental health simply by making time to...
What Is Mental Health?

What Is Mental Health?

Creative writing by Raven CrispinoWhat is mental health? What is men-tal-hell-th Wat-iz-men-tall-hell-thhh Anyway, That is what my mind just told me to do. So I did it. I am feeling better today; more in control. Better than a month ago; a week ago. Yesterday was OK....
Three Poems

Three Poems

Poetry by Wim Alden Weary from the dayI take to my roomWith nothing left to fight but demons * * * I want distance from my head spaceFor it causes me troubleAnd sets me to worrying.My heart, on the other hand,Is warm and pulses with good intentions * * * Open though...

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