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anonymous asked:

Hi sorry to bother you! I was curious because you said that Madison and Monroe would be republicans, but you didn't include Jefferson (the most famous Democratic-Republican). Would he be a democrat or a republican or something different! Thanks so much!

Thomas Jefferson would not be a Democrat or a Republican. 

Modern Democrats are descended from the Democratic Republican Party that Jefferson and Madison organized. But Jefferson himself, unlike Madison who would be a republican (in my eyes) would not be a democrat or a republican. 

Jefferson would not be caught dead in the Republican party- yes, and I mean that. Jefferson was a firm believer in the wall of separation of church and state. The modern Republican Party does not share this position, as it is largely dominated by people who disdain the separation of church and state. If had Jefferson seen the efforts by the Religious Right to change science education, enforce religious standards, divert taxpayer money to religious institutions, and use the power of government to regulate personal behavior,- he would be horrified. Jefferson believed in keeping military spending minimal and holding to a largely pacifistic foreign policy. The modern Republican Party believes in pouring LARGE amounts of money into military-industrial creations, including military projects of huge expense. Jefferson believed that war should only be resorted to if ABSOLUTELY necessary; he strenuously avoided war with Britain in 1807 during his second presidency, even when the entire country was wanted it. In contrast, the last Republican administration invaded Iraq, a country that had not attacked the United States and had no plans to do so. Jefferson would have supported the campaign in Afghanistan, which was undertaken in response to a direct attack, but he would have fiercely opposed the invasion of Iraq as unnecessary. Jefferson would have agreed with the Republican’s foundation: lower taxes, smaller government, balanced budgets etc. But he would noticed Republicans not implement their own policies. And they increased the size of government- which the sage of Monticello would not a liked one bit. 

BUT Jefferson wouldn’t be a democrat, either! He would have rejected the Democratic Party’s power of the federal government (Jefferson wanted those be mini). Jefferson would have questioned the use of a federal Department of Education; it should be on a local level (he would decide). He would question the necessity of a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, when people should be expected to deal with these issues as a community. Also he would ask: do we really need the federal government, rather than the German-American community, to declare October 6 to be German-American Day? The Democratic Party of today does not feel the same way, as demonstrated by their many federal programs that they are constantly creating.

During John Adams’s presidency, Congress passed the Alien Enemies Act (An Act Respecting Alien Enemies), authorizing the arrest, imprisonment and deportation of any male who was a citizen of a nation at war with the U.S., even without any evidence he was an actual threat. Thomas Jefferson wrote on the alien act:

“Alien friends are under the jurisdiction and protection of the laws of the State wherein they are: that no power over them has been delegated to the United States, nor prohibited to the individual States, distinct from their power over citizens. And it being true as a general principle, and one of the amendments to the Constitution having also declared, that ‘the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,’ the act of the Congress of the United States, passed on the — day of July, 1798, intituled ‘An Act concerning aliens,’ which assumes powers over alien friends, not delegated by the Constitution, is not law, but is altogether void, and of no force.”

In my view, he would be a libertarian today, second an independent and third a democrat. He would never be caught DEAD and I mean that- in the Republican party. 

Michael Phelps Opens Up About Depression and Not Wanting ‘To Be Alive’
Olympics swimmer Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt speak at the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event at George Washington University on May 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt got candid about their battles with depression Thursday evening at an event to raise awareness for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, says he was depressed at three different stages after returning home from the Olympics, reports USA Today — and it even got to the point where he “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”

“That’s scary as hell,” Phelps, 31, told audience members at the George Washington University event, hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Thinking about taking your own life, I remember sitting in my room for four or five days not wanting to be alive, not talking to anybody. That was a struggle for me … I reached that point where I finally realized I couldn’t do it alone.”

Phelps struck up a friendship with eight-time Olympic medalist Schmitt, who has had her own battles with depression and has a cousin who committed suicide in her teens.

“Mental illness is something you deal with every day. Just because you go to a psychologist, just because you’re feeling better one day doesn’t mean it’s gone; doesn’t mean you’re healed,” Schmitt told the audience. “It’s something you have and you live with the rest of your life. Learning ways to cope with it, learning ways to live with it is what we do.”

Phelps and Schmitt hope that sharing their stories will give comfort to others dealing with depression.

“I want to be able to get out in front and talk and say ‘Look, yes I’ve done these great things in the pool, but I’m also a human,’ ” said Phelps. “I’m also a human like some of the people in this world who are going through the same exact struggles that I have.

“I want people to understand that there are times that you are going to have to reach out.”

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The U.S. government is acting to end LGBT conversion therapy 

A new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report, “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth,” blasts the notions that conversion therapy is useful to young LGBTQ people. The report even goes as far to say how it may put young people at risk of serious harm.

Everyone experiences periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict, so when you’re feeling off it can be hard to know if it’s time to see a professional about the problem. And apparently, those who would benefit from some therapeutic intervention are not seeking it enough: While one in five American adults suffer from some form of mental illness, only about 46-65 percent with moderate-to-severe impairment are in treatment, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Today, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report called “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.” The report provides an in-depth review of research and clinical expertise related to conversion therapy. 

This important new resource makes it clear that conversion therapy is not appropriate, and explores alternative ways to discuss sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression with young people.

This report includes the first publication of consensus statements developed by an expert panel convened by the American Psychological Association in July 2015. The expert panel included researchers and practitioners in child and adolescent mental health with a strong background in gender development, gender identity, and sexual orientation in children and adolescents. Experts with a background in family therapy, ethics, and the psychology of religion also participated.

Here’s what they determined:

Through a collaborative process, this panel found that variations in sexual orientation and gender identity are normal, and that conversion therapies or other efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity are not effective, are harmful, and are not appropriate therapeutic practices.

And if you have questions about the report, you can ask today right here on the White House Tumblr. To celebrate LGBTQ Spirit Day, we’re holding a Q&A with President Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and SAMHSA’s Special Expert for LGBT Affairs Elliot Kennedy at 2pm ET. Ask a question in our ask box, and we’ll answer a bunch this afternoon. 

From MindFreedom International on Facebook:

“On Friday evening, November 14 at 6:00 p.m., the NAMI-NYS membership will “stand united” in presenting the 2014 NAMI-NYS Legislative Champion Award to Congressman Tim Murphy, for authoring H.R. 3717 called, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.”

ASAN’s document on why everyone should oppose the Murphy Bill. Please write/call your Congresspeople or spread the word if you can.


Why Your Member of Congress Should Oppose HR. 3717

After the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced HR. 5717, legislation designed to take advantage of media associations inaccurately linking mental health and violent crime to rollback civil rights protections of people with psychiatric disabilities. It is intended to completely change the current state of mental health services to make it easier to forcibly treat people with psychiatric disabilities, expand institutionalization and reduce privacy rights and legal protections. Here are some talking points you can use when speaking with your congressional offices about why they should oppose HR. 3717:


The bill would reduce privacy protections for both people with mental illnesses and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The bill allows disclosure of confidential psychological and psychiatric information to family and caregivers in additional circumstances to those already defined in current privacy laws. Right now, doctors and therapists can give confidential health and mental health information to family and caregivers in emergency situations or if they have permission from the person getting treatment. The bill would allow doctors and therapists to give confidential health and mental health information to family and caregivers even without permission and without emergency circumstances.

The bill also allows for greater influence from family and caregivers, including forcing involuntary medication and institutionalization.


The bill will provide federal government funding for more institutionalization. This will mean less money is available for other community-based services. The bill will also cut the budget for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s community integration projects to a little over a third of what it is now.

The bill would also require all states to create programs that allow judges to order people to take psychiatric medications that they do not want to take. The best way to help people get mental health treatment is to make it available and give people support, not to get the courts involved.

Legal Protections

The bill takes away many legal protections available to people with mental illnesses through the Protection and Advocacy program, which is the largest and most accessible program for legal services for people with disabilities. Over 80% of the funds for Protection and Advocacy for people with psychiatric disabilities would be taken away.


The bill establishes an unnecessary assistant secretary position to oversee the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which would be financially supported by a portion of the budget allocated to supports for people with mental illnesses.”

anonymous asked:

Mr. Lynch, I have discovered recently I am suffering from severe depression and I deal with anxiety attacks everyday, that are accompanied by suicidal thoughts. It's incredibly hard to deal with all of this. I know you have openly spoken about your anxiety problems and I was wondering if you could, please, give me some advice. I am reaching for help, but at the same time I am too scared and embarrassed to do it. Thank you.

Hi there! Wow. Okay. Please read everything I am about to write very carefully, as often as you need to.

1. You have nothing to be embarrassed about. This is not just you. This is shit that is actively affecting millions of people around you as you sit here reading this. It is actively affecting ME as you sit here reading this. You are so not alone in this, it’s difficult for me to describe it mathematically without just waving my arms around and breaking into melancholy giggling fits.

2. You have nothing to be embarrassed about. This is not weakness or failure on your part. It’s an illness. It’s as real as diabetes, or leukemia, or asthma. Your body is not doing something that it ought to be doing, and this is making your life much more difficult than it needs to be.

3. You have nothing to be embarrassed about. It only feels scary and embarrassing because we as a society have been so bad for so long when it comes to talking about this shit, about even admitting it. We’ve still got this pathological macho-Puritan-rugged-individualist narrative where we’re supposed to just suck it up and will ourselves to magically be better. You can’t just fucking yell at a broken bone to re-knit. You can’t just will yourself to produce the right amount of insulin. And you can’t just “get over” serious depression and anxiety! And if it seems like nobody around you is as screwed-up as you feel right now, I want you to take a deep breath and remind yourself– many of the people around you are either hiding a problem, or hiding the fact that they’re in treatment for a problem. I guarantee it.

4. You have nothing to be embarrassed about. You don’t deserve this. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking some steps, even baby steps, to deal with it. The very first thing you need to do, if you can, as soon as you can, is grab the person or persons you trust most in life and tell them EVERYTHING. Clue them in. Alert them to how you’re feeling. Not only will this feel good (trust me), it will give you oversight. It will get someone else watching you. It will give you someone else to help make plans with you, and make sure that you follow through on them. 

You NEED oversight. You NEED support.

If you can’t bring yourself to do that, I urge you to rethink your situation… and rethink it again… and try to force yourself to talk to someone, if you can talk at all. If you think you’d rather talk to someone anonymously, rather than someone you know, no problem– it’s also a start. If you don’t have any work or school or community resources you know how to avail yourself of, there are numbers to call. In the United States, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has a 24-hour referral help line that can lead you to local resources. They’re at 1-800-662-HELP. They also have an online resource locator:       

If you’re feeling sharply, suddenly worse about things, or having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK.  You’ll get a trained crisis worker who will listen to anything you have to say, take you seriously, and try to figure out where the closest, easiest source of help for you is.

it is easy for me to write these things now, much easier than it was for me to realize and accept that I needed help, a process that took more than three years. This shit destroyed my marriage and came within a fraction of an inch of destroying my career and my physical health. I am living proof that there can be a richer, better, easier life after seeking help. You have nothing to be embarrassed about. 

I’m pretty sure that my other Tumblr readers will have other useful suggestions and encouragement for you, too…

Tommy Ho from California wrote to President Obama about banning conversion therapy for gay youths:

Dear Mr. President:

I’d like to thank you for taking a stand in banning the use of conversion therapy for gay youths. You are the first sitting US President who has made so much positive impact in civil rights and the equal rights movement. Your ideals stand for For the People By the People. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your efforts and my tremendous respect for what you have done and accomplished for the civic rights movements for the LGBT citizens. June is a typically the Pride Month. If there’s an event in the White House to celebrate the Pride month, I’d love to come in person and to THANK YOU in person. I came to this country 30 years ago as an immigrant, and am a proud American.

Yours Sincerely,
Tommy Ho

But, it’s not just Tommy. Today on Spirit Day, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report called “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.” The report provides an in-depth review of research and clinical expertise related to conversion therapy. This important new resource makes it clear that conversion therapy is not appropriate, and explores alternative ways to discuss sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression with young people. Read the full report from SAMHSA here.

Notice regarding heroin in Central Virginia, February 15th 2015

I have just heard from a local ER worker that there’s a bad batch of heroin moving through Richmond. According to this source, it’s cut with an unknown substance which is causing cardiac problems in users. Be aware. 

If you need help with addiction, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline at 1-800-662-4357, for 24-hour free,confidential treatment referrals and information about mental health and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery. You can speak to someone in either English or Spanish.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I'm a fellow snake who's going through a really tough time... honestly, the only reason I'm alive is to prove to my asshole mother that I can survive. I was wondering if there was anyway you could list things that might help me hang on?

First of all, I would like to make clear that I am not in any way qualified to advise on situations regarding mental health - I’m just a teenager running a Harry Potter blog from my dorm room. 

THAT BEING SAID, I am more than happy to provide you with a list of resources/encouragements to help you through this (and I’m sure you’ll find a landslide of support in the comments below). 

I understand how uncomfortable it can be to personally approach someone when looking for help, but I would love it if you would come off of anon and talk to me personally - I feel I could be of a lot more help to you if I knew more about you and your situation. 

We Snakes take care of our own, and I am more than happy to help in whatever way I can. In the meantime, here is my preliminary list of resources for you: 


  • List of Blogs that generally put me in a good mood; a good, positive distraction is generally a wonderful (if temporary) mood lift.

QUOTES (tailored to the Slytherin aesthetic)

  • “I’ve had bad times as a grown up but I’ve never been closer to killing myself than I was as a pre-teen… And what kept me alive at that point was, honestly and frankly, a slow-burning rage and a determination not to let anyone who’d be happier without me in the world win. Because FUCK THEM. I had a suicide prevention hotline accessible just in case I ever got too close to the edge, but it was there as a tool. My motivation really did come from the idea that if I could just wait things out, things would be different. This is different, I think, than the situation suicidal adults face — when the part of the depression is this inescapable certainty that things are going to be the same forever and you will continue to be ground under the heel of life. I think it’s because we tend to view ‘grownup’ as a static state — we don’t think about how fluid our identities continue to be. So, I don’t know if that helps but, yeah, being pissed the fuck off is one of the things that has kept me alive to the ripe old age of 35. I don’t have any pithy sayings or links. Just a whole lot of rage.”
    –- Marianne
  • “I think about being 15 and alone and know that nothing will ever be that hard again and that this will pass too. Also, I try to be as kind to myself as I would to my child or pet. And let friends come and feed me burritos.”
  • Things worth living for? Foie gras and champagne, bubble baths with gossip mags, that indescribable smell of late October, snow days, red velvet cake, when a stranger smiles at you for no reason at all, your team winning, ‘Clueless,’ ‘Dazed and Confused,’ ‘My So-Called Life,’ Paris Hilton’s ‘Stars Are Blind,’ crisp cotton pajamas and a really good book, cheese and wine for dinner, cookies for breakfast, Saint Bernard puppies, people you can sit with in comfortable silence”
  • “For one thing, it’s my own ambition/competitiveness. I hate the thought that somebody else is going to achieve my goals if I give up on them. 
    –- Kate

Again, I would like to reiterate how much I would love it if you would come off of anon so that I can get to know you better. <3

Stay strong, Slytherfriend! You’ve got your whole house behind you.

House Love,

anonymous asked:

Hi there! Do you know any good lgbt resources for my parents after I come out?

Sure! There are organizations specifically devoted to families and parents of LGBTQIA+ kids. 

The leading one in the U.S. is PFLAG. Originally “Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays”, they have kept the name but expanded their focus to cover the fuller sexual identity / orientation spectrum.

Their website:

Find a local chapter:

The CDC site has this list of resources including the list of parent-centric resources below:

Resources for Parents and Family Members

Advocates For Youth:

One more batch of resources, this one broken out by state:

Thanks for writing and I hope that everything goes great for you!