News stories from Counterpoint

Forensic Care Working Group at Loggerheads

Forensic Care Working Group at Loggerheads

After receiving an extension on a pair of reports owed to the state legislature earlier this year, the Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) offered an update in July to the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee on the progress – or lack...

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Self-Neglect Cases on the Rise

Self-Neglect Cases on the Rise

The annual number of referrals for self-neglect received by Adult Protective Services (APS), a subdivision of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL), increased by 50% between 2017 and 2021. The major jump occurred in 2020, when...

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Burlington Proclaims Mad Pride Day

Burlington Proclaims Mad Pride Day

On July 16, Mayor Miro Weinberger issued an official proclamation, declaring Mad Pride Day in the City of Burlington. With the mayor stuck in Italy after contracting COVID-19 while on vacation, MadFreedom founder Wilda White read the proclamation in his absence. Its...

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In the News

In the News

• On June 21, the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMNH) opened a new, 18-room adult inpatient psychiatric unit at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) in Plattsburgh, NY. At 19,000 square feet, the facility triples the size of CVPH’s previous psych ward....

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Arts and commentary from Counterpoint

She Always Comes Home

She Always Comes Home

Short fiction by Ron Merkin, Montpelier The Jaltsens lived in New Jersey. Walking through Manhattan after a concert we attended with them one night, my husband asked if they'd be taking the George Washington Bridge home. “Oh, no!” Alice responded. “It'd be much too...

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Voices from Mad Pride

Voices from Mad Pride

The bandshell at Burlington’s Battery Park hosted speakers from across the state on Mad Pride Day. Excerpts follow. Chris Hansen, Burlington My chief qualification for being here is my own history of being seen as mad enough to lock up at a significant time in my...

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Editorial: New Week, New Ideas

Editorial: New Week, New Ideas

How should psychiatric survivors and ex-patients interact with mainstream progressive demands for a fully funded mental health system? On July 31, the popular HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired a 25-minute video essay about mental healthcare in the...

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Fall Poems

Fall Poems

Reflection Lakeby Raven Joy Crispino, RutlandYou came to me in a fragmentLess than a sentence drew meIntrigued, I opened the door to a worldThat could hold our weightIn pain, in laughter, in heart-hardening silence. I promised to cry less… Was told I saved you from...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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