Nice to see you here too :-)
Sure, I'd love another trade. The issues that are up for a trade are issues 3 through 9. Unfortunately, 10 is not up for a trade because I am trying to raise money with it for the local Rape Crisis Center in my city.
You can check out excerpts from the issues here: www.fallopianfalafel.com.
Let me know!
I actually live in Oakland. >_< i don't blame u if you haven't heard of it. Ya when I get done putting my very first issue of my current zine done i would love to trade! I did a zine before but i had to give it up when i moved from florida to michigan
Thanks! Your zine was fantastic! I read the whole thing today and empathize with a lot of what you say in it. Very well written too. I couldn't do that much writing without boring someone. You did a great job. Nice meeting you and hope we meet again when I have more time. : )
In answer to your inquirty about how I got involved in mental health...Well, as you've already seen from my post, I was diagnosed with disorganzied schizophrenia (now there's a Freudian term) at age 14, although I was not told this until I reached age 17. I actually think this was good for me because a lot of people that know their diagnoses right away tend to focus on it too much and let it ruin their lives. I've seen and witnessed this. I tend to be optimistic for my age regarding mental health. At age 18 I was hospitalized for a brief time and my diagnosis was changed to bipolar. Shortly thereafter I switched to Medicaid insurance (public service provider) and got my first case manager. I stayed in a group home for a year, and at age 21 lived on my own for my first time ever. A lot has happened in the last 10 years since, but that's pretty much the story of how I was "initiated."
Hello, friend! My experience in the mental health system is a long one, so maybe we can get into that later. In regard to your second question (about mental health zines) I have a few (actually several) answers. One: check out cvabonline.com. This is the website for Consumer Voices Are Born, an advocacy and drop-in center here in Clark County, Washington. It also has its own newsletter called "The Voice" which I am a regular contributor--look for Kessler's Kolumn--you can download it for free on Adobe Acrobat. Two: I live just a few miles adjacent to Portland's Independent Publishing Resource Center's zine library, which I know has quite a few mental health zines. Or you could visit iprc.org yourself and try looking through their search engine(s). Finally, I know first hand of a zine called Transcendent Visions c/o David A. Barnitz Kime, 251 S. Olds Blvd. 84, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 and Functionally Ill c/o Laura-Marie Taylor, 1728 Richmond St. #9, Sacramento CA 95825. How's that for a post? Lotta information, huh? Could I get a copy of your zine? My address is 7418 NE Hazel Dell Ave. #37, Vancouver, WA 98665. Willing to trade.
its kind of a mish mash of everything...some things i wrote..some things ive read that i really really connected with..and so on..i dont think it falls under a full "theme" :P i hope it turns out good im really nervous about that
Maybe you could have a small library of mental health zines wherever it is that you find yourself working, and allow people to check out zines. Better yet, you could refer zines to your clients and ask them to read them in between sessions and then they can tell you when they come back what they liked/didn't like and what they identified with. Mental health zines are easiest to be found in zine review zines (Xerography Debt, Zine World, Narcolepsy Press Review).