News stories from Counterpoint

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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New President Leads VPS Board

New President Leads VPS Board

Early this year, Sara Merrow began a three-year term as president of the board of directors at Vermont Psychiatric Survivors (VPS), the civil rights advocacy organization that publishes Counterpoint. Merrow succeeded Zachary Hughes, a peer supporter who works at...

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Mad Pride Celebrated in Burlington

Mad Pride Celebrated in Burlington

For the first time in three years, Vermonters gathered in the streets for Mad Pride on July 16. According to the event’s press materials, “Mad Pride is about challenging discrimination against folks the world has labeled ‘mentally ill,’ advocating for rights,...

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Arts and commentary from Counterpoint

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....

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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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Four Poems

Four Poems

Poetry by Wim Alden (Woodstock, VT) A more developed thoughtI cannot bearFather leads the wayWith hardly a sideways glanceBrother trudges onKeeping up, forging a duplicate trailI sink, I swimIt depends upon the day. *** My therapeutic home is adequateI have a bedThere...

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Walking Through Depression

Walking Through Depression

Prose by Amanda Perry (North Hartland, VT) I walk through a darkened path only large enough for me to fit through. I move side to side, I feel the rough bark of the trees next to me. Turning my head toward the sky I see nothing but darkness. The trees are so dense and...

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