California Could Create a Career Path for People With Mental Illness []


By April Dembosky, KQED, September 14, 2019

On her 21st birthday, Keris Myrick was in the cereal aisle of the grocery store. She was throwing boxes of Cheerios on the ground, yelling back at the voices in her head. Food is poison, they told her. If you eat you will die.

“So I actually stopped eating for about four months,” Myrick said. “I just told my mother it was stomach pains.”

It took years before Myrick admitted the problem was not in her stomach, but in her head. She was eventually diagnosed with a schizophrenic illness, getting hospitalized about a dozen times along the way, always against her will.

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I really feel hopeful as peer support professionals learn about attachment, concepts of mentalization and secure base exploration, infant mental health, and concepts of child brain development and the association of all these concepts with the production of emotional distress and “mental health” and addictive behavioral concerns. 

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