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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.

Finding common ground between our movements

By jimflannery | November 21, 2019

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’.  Tom, whose photojournalism work chronicles the history of the disability rights movement, was honored along with nine other disability rights activists.  While I consider…

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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Psychiatrists React: Live at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the APA #protestAPA2019

By jimflannery | May 22, 2019

I traveled to S.F. for the Annual Meeting and brought the videos submitted to the ProtestAPA.com website.  This is the outcome:

My interview with the Alliance for Self-Directed Education

By jimflannery | May 16, 2019

Thanks to Alex Khost at the Alliance for Self-Directed Education for interviewing me for their online magazine, Tipping Points! In the interview, I speak a lot about the crossover between issues in our education system and mental health system as they related to human rights and self-direction. Hope you enjoy! Transcript Available at ASDE’s website: …

Bringing reconciliation to a heated misunderstanding

By jimflannery | May 14, 2019

For the last year, I’ve been subjected to harassment from two members of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient community who persistently attacked me online for my speech at the 2018 American Psychiatric Association protest in New York. With time, and with the support of valuable mentors, I learned not to engage with public attacks on the internet. I…

Reflecting on 5 Years of Stand-Up Comedy

By jimflannery | April 20, 2019

This was originally written on April 20, 2018.  I set a fuse on it to publish exactly one year later to avoid the discomfort of publishing my personal thoughts and feelings in real-time. March 29, 2018 is the five year anniversary of the first time I performed stand-up at Winston’s Open Mic in Ocean Beach,…

Announcing the 2019 Virtual Protest of the American Psychiatric Association

By jimflannery | April 10, 2019

For more information or to get involved, visit ProtestAPA.com. TRANSCRIPT: My name is Jim Flannery and today, I invite psychiatric survivors, ex-patients, and peers around the world to participate in this year’s Virtual Protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting.  You can participate by creating a 3 minute video sharing your personal story of…

I discovered that 7Cups.com is “hacking” their own website to trick depressed people into using their service.

By jimflannery | August 21, 2018

To share my recent discovery about 7cups.com, I have to first reveal two personal things I’m often ashamed of and shy about broadcasting: sometimes I get quite melancholy and part of my income comes from freelance digital marketing. While the comic in me wants to suggest that #1 is a consequence of #2, they are…

State of the Startup: July 2017

By jimflannery | July 13, 2018

Just like in my 2016 State of the Startup post, I put a time fuse on this post.  This article was written one year ago.  Simply put, it’s really hard to publish about these kind of personal things “in the moment” but I want to share them because I think it may benefit others.  So…

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