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Jim Flannery

I started my blog as a means to develop my seemingly rapid and disconnected thoughts into a communicable, organized form. I also find writing is a useful exercise for building emotional resilience in sharing these thoughts with the public. I find it frightening to be so exposed, yet also exciting to see what kind of response I get from people. Plus, it’s revealing to look backward to reflect on what topics I’ve written about over time as my story unfolds.


State of the Startup: July 2019

By jimflannery | June 3, 2021

Note to the reader: this article was written in July of 2019 and was intended to be published in July of 2020.  Since I was too uncomfortable with some of the content even after a year, it’s being published now with a few redactions.  One thing which appears to be potentially inaccurate is that some…

State of the Startup: July 2018

By jimflannery | June 3, 2021

Note to reader: this was written in July of 2018 and was supposed to be published in July of 2019… I never published it due to my discomfort with certain parts of the article.   State of the Startup: July 2018 This is the third installment of my annual “State of the Startup” articles.  As…

The Truth Injection!

By jimflannery | January 9, 2021

Hello, Universe! Here’s the premiere of a new web series I’ve started titled “The Truth Injection“.     I’m picturing about 12 episodes like this featuring famous people talking about the “alternative” side of the mental health system.  Hopefully, we won’t consider these stories “alternative” one day… we’ll just think of them as warnings of…

My testimony for the Connecticut Valley Hospital Whiting Task Force

By jimflannery | October 20, 2020

A PDF of my written testimony as well as the written testimony of others is available on the CVH Task Force web page under the October 20, 2020 tab: You can see a video of some of the other testimonies from the Hearing on the Connecticut Network website.       Testimony for CVH Whiting Task…

Want to download “LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you” for FREE?

By jimflannery | July 16, 2020

The “hacks” described below will not be 100% “free”; they will require you to put in some time.  Then again, I put in a lot of time and effort into creating the LEAVE SCHOOL app, so it feels like a fair exchange. The main issue I’m trying to address by writing this article offering the…

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My new audiobook app, ‘LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you’, is finally available!

By jimflannery | May 12, 2020

So excited to announce that my new audiobook app, ‘LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you’, is finally available!  LEAVE SCHOOL helps teens who are frustrated by school to thrive without school by pursuing self-directed learning.  Get it at LEAVE-SCHOOL.com There are so many people to thank for supporting me in creating this project.  Though…

Using Technology to Facilitate Self-Directed Learning – my interview on the Learning by Living podcast

By jimflannery | April 17, 2020

I was recently invited to appear on Gina Riley and Kevin Stuverson’s podcast, Learning by Living.  I discuss my work with the Peer Unschooling Network and a mobile application I am releasing soon called “LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you.”   (Note that in the interview, I refer to the app as being called “Curricu-Dumb”…

Finding common ground between our movements: psychiatric survivors and the broader disability community

By jimflannery | November 21, 2019

This essay was included in the November 22, 2019 newsletter for MindFreedom International, a non-profit organization that fights for human rights in mental health. I was recently invited by my new friend Tom Olin to attend an event in Washington, DC titled ‘Humanity of Connection: A Celebration of Leadership and Empowerment within the Disability Community’. …

My Cool Project Bucket List

By jimflannery | September 27, 2019

Recently, I ran a workshop for a group of teens where we went through a brainstorming process for generating project ideas.  I thought it’d be fun to share a list of my own dream projects, all of which I hope to complete before I die.  I guess that makes this my “project bucket list”.  As…

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Introducing: Voices for Choices

By jimflannery | June 17, 2019

Two summers ago, I watched as a good friend of mine in North Carolina was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital.  Though he posed zero risk to himself or others, he was handcuffed, forcibly drugged, and locked in a psychiatric hospital for weeks against his will.  I had experienced four involuntary commitments in my life,…

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