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Call-out for issue 3, theme: Productivity

We are accepting submissions for our third issue of Pathologize This! on the topic of productivity. This theme can be relatively broad, but some questions that can be focused on:

*How are work, school, and society structured so as to privilege particular bodies and minds?

*How does our mental and physical health affect our ability to participate fully in work? in school? in activism? in a particular scene or community?

*Have you ever felt overwhelmed? like too much was expected of you? like you were looked down upon for your inability to perform to the standards of a workplace/classroom/community?

*Have you ever had to quit a job, school, or a project because of your health or mental state? what reactions does this illicit? how is it looked upon or framed by others around you?

*What can others do to help? What accommodations are useful for you? What tasks are you uniquely suited to because of your life experience?

*What is being done about it? How do we overcome existing barriers? How do we adapt OR force our surroundings to adapt to us?

Although our zine has in the past been focused mostly on the stories of those who are identified or self-identify as having a mental illness, we welcome submissions from anyone, and especially invite stories about struggles faced by any individual who identifies as having a disability. We would like submissions to relate somehow to our theme of “productivity”, but also welcome contributors to interpret our theme as broadly or as narrowly as they like.

We are committed to principles of anti-oppression and especially welcome any and all writing or art that makes links between and among mental health, physical health, dis/ability, gender, sexuality, race and/or class. All choices and opinions around personal wellness (or coping strategies) - including use of diagnoses, psych drugs, self-medication and rejections of diagnoses or the psych industry - are welcome. Contributors can but need not identify as “mentally ill” or “disabled”.

Submissions can include poems, essays, short stories, collages, photographs, cartoons, etc. etc. If you would like to submit a paper (rather than digital) copy, please email us to make arrangements.

If you would like your own copy of Pathologize This! Issues 1 and/or 2, email us and we can help you find out where there are spare copies for the taking, or send one to you via snail mail.

Submissions are due on December 2nd. Please email them to mentalhealthzine@gmail.com

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