mental employing

6. Things you said under the stars and in the grass

Note: Requested by @lilydalexf. These have been a lot of fun to write, so please feel free to request more!

“How much do you know about stars, Scully?”

I ask her as we lay side by side in the grass at Sky Meadow State Park. We’re on our way back to DC from a case in Southern Virginia, but I’d suggested stopping here until the evening traffic on the Beltway subsided. That was two hours ago. Two hours, two hot dogs, and two ice cream cones later, to be precise; the radius of DC hot dog stands is much larger than I’d imagined. Now, we’re content to lay next to each other, lazily digesting our dinners as we watch the sky transition from the orange glow of sunset to night’s dark mantle. Crickets and cicadas provide a pleasant soundtrack to the evening. The urge to return to the bustle of civilization seems as far away as the stars that currently hold our gaze.

“I know a little,” she says. “My father taught me a few of the stars and constellations used in celestial navigation.”

“Such as?”

“Well, for starters, there’s Polaris - the North Star. It’s more accurate than any compass, since it’s not subject to periodic variations of magnetic force.”

I scan the sky for what I vaguely recall as a Dipper-like outline of stars, but much to my embarrassment, I can’t locate it. “You already know this about me, Scully, but it’s worth repeating that I was a lousy Indian Guide as a kid,” I admit, somewhat sheepishly.

I can feel her body shake with laughter beside me. “Cassiopeia might be easier to locate. It looks like a poorly written letter ‘M.’ Look over to your left a bit.”

“Got it,” I say once I find it. “The queen whom the gods placed upside down in the sky as punishment for her vanity.” I may not know the constellations, but I am familiar with the myths that inspired them.

“It’s also a useful constellation in locating the North Star,” Scully adds, clearly unimpressed by my knowledge of Greek mythology. “If you bisect the second apex of the ‘M,’ the line points straight to it.”

“Ah, I see it, now.”

“The North Star will always be the same angle above the horizon as your latitude. Just make an outstretched fist, like this.” I see the silhouette of her arm as she holds it up in the air. I do the same with mine.

“That’s roughly ten degrees of latitude,” she says. “So where we are, here in Virginia…”

“We’re at about forty degrees, or just shy of four fists.” I find myself blurting out the answer like an overeager ten-year old being called on in class. “This knowledge could’ve come in handy that time we were lost in the Apalachicola Forest in Florida, you know.”

“We were in the woods, Mulder. It’s hard to see the stars when there are trees blocking the view. Besides, I was busy keeping you from going into shock.”

Touché, I think, smiling at the memory. I haven’t heard her this animated since the invisible man she autopsied a few months ago, and I’m loving every word.

“I’m sorry. You were saying?”

“Orion - which is close to the horizon this time of year - rises in the east and sets in the west. Orion’s belt practically draws a straight line for you. Mintaka, the westernmost star on the belt, will always rise and set within one degree of true east and true west.”

“My favorite constellation, though,” she says after a few moments of shared silence, “is Cetus. You can’t see it this time of year, though. Only in winter.”

“Cetus. The sea monster that threatened to eat Andromeda?”

“That’s one interpretation. I prefer to think of him as a whale.”

“Spoken like the daughter of a sea captain,” I say, wondering if she can detect the smile in my words. “I had no idea you were into stars, Scully.”

“It was a nice pastime that my dad and I shared. When he first taught me how to navigate by the stars, I was amazed by the notion that something millions of miles away could help you figure out where you were right here, on Earth.” She pauses. “I guess I still am.”

“And based on what you know, where are we now?”

I take her silence as evidence that she’s busy employing her mental sextant and superior sense of direction to determine our location. Her answer, though, is not what I expect.

“Well, I know that we’re out here in rural Virginia on a beautiful May evening. I know that I’m lying next to the World’s Worst Indian Guide, and together, we’re marveling at the wonders of a brilliant night sky. I also know that I’m happy, and have a strong suspicion that you are, too. Based on all of that, I’d say we’re right where we’re supposed to be.”

Wordlessly, I lean over and find her lips in the darkness. Her mouth tastes like mint chocolate. I feel her fingers run through my hair as my thumb traces tiny circles on her cheek. This level of intimacy is still terra incognita for us, but it feels so right - so natural - that I wonder what the hell took us so long to get here.

I slowly pull away and slide my arm beneath her until her head is resting in the crook of my shoulder.

“I think you’re right, Scully,” I say quietly, looking up at stars. “We’re right where we’re supposed to be.”

anonymous asked:

okay seriously is there ANY store that sells clothing that actually wants you to leave your things in the fitting room??? like seriously it is astounding how many people do this at Bullseye, on what planet were you raised on where they dont teach you to clean up after yourself in kindergarden

It’s the “helping them stay employed” mentality that customer’s have. They think that just because you work there that you have to do EVERYTHING for then while telling themselves they are doing you a favor. -Abby

anonymous asked:

who's mara jade?

This is Mara Jade. Notice the hot bod, the gorgeous hair, the Anakin’s lightsaber, the unfortunate sleeveless jumpsuit and everything because she’s got it all and more.

Mara was not created by George Lucas, but she’s the most popular EU/Legends character not in the movies (she’s hit the top ten in fandom’s fave SW characters, even though she’s only been in the books) and has an AMAZING story that you should all read.

Mara is most known for marrying a Very Important Character, but lbr that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this bamf. She was raised by Emperor Palpatine himself to be an Emperor’s Hand, stolen from her family at such a young age that she has no recollection of her life before the Emperor, but her lack of memories in that regard could also be due to the brainwashing and mental torture no doubt employed by Palpatine during her early years. 

I don’t want to spoil the story, but basically she has the greatest redemption arc ever, save for Anakin. She’s a perfect flower that could kill you in your sleep, and should definitely appear in canon but sigh.

Basically, read Timothy Zahn’s SW books and live.

I believe
I have figured out
What life is all about
Life is meant to be
Meant to be enjoyed
Life is meant to be
Mentally employed
And every single day
Is your day of reckoning
Are you alive because you should be
Or because you love living?
Every moment becomes a choice
To either use your voice
Or lose it
To either make some noise
Or sit in your own silence
What sound does your soul make?
Profound or bound to be afraid?
I’m tired of bashing the ideas I have
Into lessons
So here comes one last one
I’m alive
And in love
With my life
Just because
I believe
There’s poetry
In every single thing
All around
It is found
If you’re looking
And it sings
If you’re listening
Kiss me
I’m playing with fire
Blissfully
I’m open to living higher
What’s the point?
I don’t know
I don’t care
I just am
Because I can
Because I feel real
And alive inside
Awaiting fireside
Chats with you
I’m happy
And I love you.

Problems in the Mental Health System

As requested! This is absolutely not a complete list- feel free to add other issues. This is based on the US, as usual. 

  • Ultimately, most of this comes down to a society that stigmatizes mental health problems and mental health care rather than prioritizing making an effective, accessible, and evidence-based mental health system.
  •  Lack of mental health resources, particularly for people who need public services, more intensive services, and/or specialty services, including: 
    • people with serious mental illnesses
    • people with developmental disabilities
    • low SES families
    • people living in rural areas
    • people living in low SES areas
    • people living in high crime areas
    • services in schools
    • in-home, residential and inpatient programming
  • Getting public coverage for mental health problems (including but not only Medicare/Medicaid) is incredibly difficult and confusing, takes an incredibly long time, and covers few people. As a bonus, many services don’t accept public health coverage. 
  • Lack of funding for mental health services and mental health research, which leads to closures of essential programs, continuation of ineffective and even unethical services, way understaffed programs, and less access to clinicians (particularly psychiatrists and psychologists) because programs can’t afford to hire them.
  • People with no mental health training or expertise make most mental health policy, funding and administrative decisions.  
  • The service system is disorganized and scattered, both within states and between states. There are often little to no connection between services and little transparency to help clients, families, and providers navigate it.
  •  First responders in mental health crises are usually people with little or no training in mental health services and little to no knowledge of mental health issues (e.g., fire fighters, police officers, teachers, primary care physicians, ER nurses or other medically trained staff).
  • Many people mostly or entirely receive their mental health care from their primary care provider. Most primary care services do not employ a mental health clinician, and primary care providers have minimal to no training in mental health. There is no universal mental health “check up” or screener employed in primary care settings and so mental health problems can easily be missed or mismanaged.
  • Once people are in the mental health system, psychiatrists are often their first contact and the head of their treatment team. Psychiatrists are very valuable on mental health teams, but psychiatrists are mostly trained in medicine and psychopharmacology and not as much in mental health and connecting with clients. This contributes to other common problems like client alienation, promotion of stigma, promotion of the medical model, and misdiagnosis.
  • There is a huge amount of muddling and confusion between different roles in mental health (this is partly why I get so many questions about different career paths and degree choices in mental health). This causes a lot of confusion for clients, which is bad, and also decreases quality of care because clinicians end up in positions that are not what they were trained to do. 
  • Clinicians in general are overburdened and underpaid, resulting in burnout, secondary victimization, and high turnover, which is bad for the clinicians and the clients. 
  • Many programs rely on direct service staff, who often have no mental health-related training or degree and receive little on-the-job training and yet are expected to be able to handle complex and intense situations, while typically being paid minimum wage or slightly above. This results in burnout and high turnover. 
  • There is significant stigma towards mental health problems and misunderstandings about mental health within the system, including by clinicians. 
The means of mental therapy employed by the Buddha, the “Great Physician” and great psychologist, are not, of course, psychoanalysis but a transformation of self through development of morality, meditation and wisdom. Through meditation in particular one can become aware of unconscious motivations, mental habits and inner conflicts, and free oneself of bondage to them.
—  Dr. Terry Clifford, Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry

I resent the idea that Sia is somehow obligated to give everyone their ‘big break’. Like she has said in interviews that she has anxiety and she produces better art when she’s within a team she’s comfortable with. It’s not fair for people to demand these things from her. What you guys call Pigeon holing herself is her finding a way to continue her career while coping with mental illness. She employed a diverse cast of 49 little dancers. Maddie herself wasn’t playing a victim she represents Sia. We’ve known for ages that Maddie is Sia’s muse so I don’t see what’s wrong with Sia putting herself in the middle of her work so she can provide a hopeful message. Furthermore I like that she’s using children. That’s the message she’s trying out across so it works very well to use children in it. If focuses more on the value of life and youth. This is not to say that you can’t dislike the video. I just think that a lot of people throwing criticism at Sia don’t really understand her , her struggle and why she chooses to do what she does. She addressed all these issues in interviews.

anonymous asked:

Hey, I hope this doesn't waste your time but I was wondering how you felt on a certain subject. You seem very down to earth!i've been seeing a lot of people in the community creating "go fund me" pages and asking people to give them money so they can move out of their homes. they all claim to have mental illnesses. saying anxiety and depression are too much to hold a job. But I feel everyone has their challenges. How do you feel about people doing this? It really frustrates me for some reason.

So, first, I’m not in a position to examine the situation of anyone else. I don’t judge others and I trust that they have a lot better of a grasp on what their options are than I do. I’m also aware of my heap of privileges being a white cis/het, neurotypical, able bodied, lady that came from a middle class family. On top of that, I think I’m a lot older than a lot of people on tumblr. I think that older people were treated to a “pull yourself up by your boot straps” mentality and so we assume that’s the only way other people should be, but I’ve learned how fucked up that is.

I was going to write a really long personal story, but I’ll just sum it up by saying that capitalism that values humans only by what they are able to produce is fucking bullshit.

That being said, ya, it bothers me. It bothers me that we have a shitty fucked up medical system that also only rarely treat people humanely. I think it is fucked up that we have a broken education system that only prepares people to become a number and a upper education system that puts people in debt for the rest of their life. Living is getting more and more expensive and the pay gap is getting bigger and bigger. I think we are expecting more and more of people and it is completely unreasonable to expect people to work all the time for no money and no payoff like people used to do gladly. There is more to life than that. We are worth more than what we can produce for people who already have money.

That being said, I doubt there are that many people around tumblr who are able to really spend a lot to help people out. However, there’s been studies that show that poor people are better tippers and more likely to give more. I know I’ve given to people when I can.

Another thing about getting older is wondering if there are more people suffering from mental health issues than before, or if hanging out in the corners of tumblr that I hang out in make it more obvious, or what, because I completely see more people in this position than I have ever seen before. I still think the bottom line is that capitalism is shit.

anonymous asked:

Not tryna sound new black or anything... but, why isn't black on black crime an issue? I just need a thorough explanation on why it isn't... Thank you

Let me be clear internal strife and self hate are phenomenons in our communities. Violence especially murder among ourselves needs to be addressed.

Understand there are conditions in place that create these firestorms of violent dynamics. Poverty which I will define as a lack of resources, lack of job opportunities, lack of education, lack of psychological and or mental treatment, lack of drug rehabilitation centers, etc. are very important dynamics that create these crime ridden environments. Our lack of necessities but our influx of weapons, drugs, fratricidal media propaganda shows a glaring juxtaposition of the social engineering that is in place that creates these tumultuous environments.

  • When a Black Person commits a crime against another Black Person (the “Black on Black” argument) that person will get indicted serve max time or be put to death. So unlike when Non-Blacks, (white folks I’m looking at you) kills a Black Person there is always benefit of the doubt, and if the assailant has on a State Issued Police Uniform then they usually don’t even make it to court more or less serve significant jail time, relatively speaking.
  • A lot of the Black on Black crimes stems from the alternative economy aka the drug trade. The police are always involved or have knowledge of what or who is in the mix in these communities. The government is very implicit in the drug trade. These state institutions pit rivals against one another and create a climate of retaliatory action in the these communities.
  • Other groups practice internal crime amongst themselves: A drug war in Central America has been raging for decades in which hundreds of thousands of Latin people have been brutally murdered by other Latin people. Why no Brown on Brown crime? When the Italian Mafia was running the game they would commit very violent acts upon people in the Italian Community. Why no White on White crime then? 
  • Proximity is key. People commit crime where they are most comfortable. So again Black crime in which Blacks violate one another is not an isolated phenomenon that is unique to just the Black Community.
  • Why when white teens shoot up public spaces and commit mass murder amongst their peer groups, why is that not classified white on white crime?
  • The media loves to sensationalize Black criminal activity for hype and propaganda to justify laws, police hiring practices and funding, and to justify the Prison Industrial Complex.
  • We do need to address how we treat and interact with one another but look at whom placed the conditions in these communities for these problems to fester.
  • For the most part, educated, employed, mentally healthy communities do not have significant criminal elements. Take these key entities out of the equation and you see a desperate, hopeless, and survival-mode type of people.This phenomenon happens throughout the US in all racial communities, the underlying theme being impoverished communities.
  • ALWAYS LOOK AT THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM NOT JUST THE END RESULT.

#staywoke

I think that it is very important for both people with emotional/mental disorders and self-employed creative folks to keep a stock of protein bars handy for days when you can’t make it to the kitchen for one reason or another.