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

Not sure if ya’ll have noticed but talks about representation in superhero comics has been ever so slightly popular these days.

Sarcasm deactivated.

In all seriousness, yes there should be more though I have problems with certain approaches adopted by Marvel and to a lesser extent DC in recent years and the way a lot of fans have handled the situation on both sides.

Like saying Miles Morales shouldn’t exist is not okay but nor is saying Peter Parker should be shelved for his sake. Writing Titania in Jane Foster’s book as having solidarity with Jane because she’s a woman stepping into the role of a male hero is not okay (because seriously, Titania’s main enemy is goddam She Hulk and she despises her) but nor is saying sexist shit about Jane (who lest we forget was awesome long before she became Thor, arguably moreso).

But most of the time I personally feel disabled and mentally ill characters don’t get talked about as much whenever discussions like this pop up. Representing women, black people, gay people, etc, etc happens all the time but not so much with disabled and mentally ill characters.

What’s even stranger though is that on the occasions where those types of characters are discussed people seem to not recognize a lot of the ones among the classic established heroes. 

Oracle, Daredevil and Xavier get brought up a fair amount but Tony Stark had a heart condition that early in his series required him to hide a great big metal chest plate under his clothes which then compromized his former playboy lifestyle. Among the truly mainstream and major Marvel/DC heroes Tony Stark genuinely was the first physically handicapped hero (unless I’m getting my dates mixed up and X-Men preceded him, even then though Xaiver was a mentor more than the lead). 

As for mentally ill characters, whilst people will cite Deadpool and Harley Quinn as mentally ill protagonists within the Big Two (and you could arguably put Wolverine in there too due to his legitimate anger issues, though they are contextualized as part of his bad ass appeal so…maybe not) both those characters are fun, wacky, violent former villains who even when they aren’t on the side of evil still do amoral things. They’re mental illnesses are rarely treated with too much gravitas. In fairness their core concepts is for them to be wacky and fun (at least nowdays) so it would be possible in a debate to argue there is a certain amount of justification for not going too deep with their problems and touching them lightly.

Meanwhile you have Tony Stark and Carol Danvers who are both alcoholics. And if you know anything about that illness (and it IS an illness) you know it’s not one you really cure so much as manage. 

However multiple runs of Iron Man since the iconic Demon in a Bottle storyline have at best touched upon it rather or else avoided it altogether. From what I’ve seen of Bendis’ run it’s mentioned but off handily and wasn’t a focus before Tony died. Maybe creatively you could justify that too but technically speaking Tony is a mentally illl hero due to that illness so if you want representation viola it’s right there if writers bothered to make use of it outside of showing him relapse or something. 

The same is true of Carol Danvers except in her case it’s worse because you could be forgiven for simply being wholesale unaware Carol was ever an alcoholic since multiple runs don’t even bring it up (I suspect because people legitimately forgot). Nevertheless the female hero Marvel is most keen to promote and who will be getting her own movie soon enough is canonically mentally ill. That should be brought up more but I can see why people who ARE aware of it might not want to count her because like I said it’s hardly touched upon.

Which is why the next character I’m going to talk about is so important.

He’s never been a legitimate villain.

His mental illness(es) are integral to his character and impossible to ignore because of that fact.

He’s got a history of physical and emotional abuse which led to his illnesses and isn’t thrown out as cheap backstory or motivations for his character.

His illnesses have been showcased to ostracize him from wider society who often fear, hate and hound him either out of a desire to exploit him or else because they simply do not understand him. Which sadely echoes the experiences of a lot of mentally ill people.

He’s portrayed sympathetically with the hardships and tragedy of coping with mental illnesses showcased routinely (albeit often on a metaphorical and not strictly accurate level).

And most importantly he’s been repeatedly showcased as a truely heroic and caring figure in spite of his illnesses, even using them for the benefit of society as a whole when given the opportunity and right help.

I am in fact referring to…the Hulk.

Bruce Banner canonically was physically and emotionally abused by his father and developed serious anger issues and issues of self-worth because of that treatment. All of which led to him eventually developing Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personality Disorder or more commonly referred to as having a ‘split personality’; and INCORRECTLY referred to as schizophrenia.

 

That’s not me interpreting anything or extrapolating either. That is an objective in-universe canonical FACT about the character. In fact he first ‘hulked out’ when he got mad and attacked his father…BEFORE he encountered any gamma bombs. In one iconic issue he even tried to resolve his problems via therapy where the different sides to his personality were integrated together.

Whilst it involved superheroics and super powers and happened after ONE session that is the real life goal when it comes to helping most people who have DID/MPD.

Whilst there is so much to talk about with canon Hulk let’s just use the MCU as a microcosm of the Hulk’s character.

Bruce Banner in the MCU is so depressed over his condition (which involved being incapable of physical intimacy and constantly monitoring his stress levels) that he tried to commit suicide…only to discover he was physically incapable of doing so due to the Hulk’s healing factor.

As Banner he wants to find a cure for himself and as Hulk he wants nothing but peace and solitude. But he gets neither because representatives of the government seek to exploit him and neutralize him as a threat as opposed to trying to HELP him. And the guy spearheading things is straight up an old guy who doesn’t want Banner ‘consorting with his daughter’.

At any given time for reasons beyond his control Banner can become dangerous to those around him despite not wanting to truly hurt anybody, and yet he has been shown to be capable of managing his illness for altruistic ends, such as defeating the Abomination.

When given help and support from the Avengers (who with his CONSENT employ mental exercises and when NECESARRY use non-lethal equipment to keep him under control) he’s been shown to be an invaluable force for good. His brains help resolve dilemmas and provide vital intelligence and as Hulk he is the Avengers’ biggest gun against physical threats.

Which is why Age of Ultron was so heartbreaking. Once more he got exploited and hurt people without meaning to, looked upon in fear and scorn as a monster by those who just don’t understand him. So distraught was he that he opted to just go back into isolation.

Of course Banner’s condition doesn’t realistically line up with real people who have MPD but when understood the character exists for drama and also deals with anger issues the character is actually an incredibly (heh) well constructed character and the legitimate (though relative) representation he provides should be celebrated.

In fact I would argue it’s actually MORE important than the Asian representation Amadeus Cho provides because there are definitely more Asian protagonist characters than mentally ill ones. And also, though this sounds harsh…being Asian isn’t as compromising to your day-to-day quality of life as the kinds of illnesses that Banner/Hulk are analogous too.

Of course that isn’t saying we shouldn’t have more of both but…taking away one character who represents an even more marginalized group who frankly suffers in worse ways (even if wider pop culture fails to appropriately recognize him as representing those people) for the sake of a group that comparatively speaking has it better is not a good thing. It’s made worse when you consider the shitty way Hulk was treated just before and during Civil War II.

Bottom line: Let’s celebrate the old characters who represent mentally ill and disabled people more than we do and not throw them under the bus for other characters…especially the Hulk.

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.

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 fact is, Marvel has become an awful company, with failing sales, with its audience leaving in droves, with horrific PR, without really anything to stand on, and it BLAMES its own audience, its own fans, for this, because of their own shortcomings and mistakes. All they do is double down.

The people who ran the company into the ground are still there, and will still work there. Everyone with talent and personal decency has left and gone to DC, gone to Valiant, gone to Image, gone to everyone but Marvel. All Marvel can employ are mentally unstable recruits off of social media who are only interested in touting their own sociopolitical ideology. The company is corrupt to the roots and deeply crippled.

Marvel is not a good company, it is not run by good people, and more than half of its output is considered by almost everyone to be garbage.

If you like the movies, that’s fine, but acknowledge that it is an awful company. If you like the TV, that is fine, but acknowledge that it’s an awful company.

Marvel Entertainment is not a good company.

You can have any opinion of DC you desire, but its not a console war anymore.

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.

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.