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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.


Ex-mental patient disrupts U.S. mental health laws with Presidential candidacy

January 10, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Ex-mental patient disrupts U.S. mental health laws with Presidential candidacy If elected, laws will currently require him to serve entire term in a mental hospital EASTHAMPTON, Mass., JANUARY X, 2023 – Jim Flannery announced today that he will indeed pursue the office of the President of the United States in the…

LEAVE SCHOOL – Chapter 8 – Pseudo-Success Stories

December 14, 2022

Since LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you was finally published to print (Amazon / Barnes and Noble), I thought it was worth publishing my favorite chapter from the book, which shares four stories of teen-initiated zero-tuition self-directed learning centers.  If there is a brick in the wall that this book contributes to the working…

The Truth Injection

December 1, 2022

As may be evident since the release of Sorry It’s Not Funny, I’ve been reposting a lot of lost work over the last couple weeks… most of it comedy-related. One project I’ve been working to re-release is The Truth Injection, a video series featuring famous artists speaking out about issues related to those in the…

Ex-Mental Patient Speaks Out in New Hip-Hop Album About Hartford’s Institute of Living

October 14, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Ex-Mental Patient Speaks Out in New Hip-Hop Album About Hartford’s Institute of Living Describes Experience as “Torture” and Says Hartford’s Not the Only Place This Happens   HARTFORD, Conn., October 14, 2022 – Connecticut native Jim Flannery surprised listeners with the release of his debut hip hop album, Sorry It’s…

Comedy, Hip-Hop, and Activism: My Interview with Mad in America

October 12, 2022

In anticipation of  the release of my hip-hop album, Sorry It’s Not Funny, I was interviewed by Karin Jervert of Mad in America. You may listen to the interview in your browser below or on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify Podcasts and YouTube. The full transcript is available on the MadInAmerica.com website.

I Hear Voices Now

August 25, 2022

It’s been a while since I published anything.  My life has not been ordinary for the last couple years and finding the right words to describe my experience has been a challenge. I’ll try to keep it short, otherwise, this article will never get completed. In mid-2020, I had experiences which I, at first, believed…

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21 DAYS: After the War

October 21, 2020

21 DAYS After the War Sagnik Roy and I partnered to write and run an “alternate reality” game during November 2020 that blends self-directed education and physics into a unique adventure for adolescents.  The aim was to create a “book camp” of sorts to help young people transition from conventional schooling to self-directed education.  The…

My testimony for the Connecticut Valley Hospital Whiting Task Force

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…

Invitation to participate in MAD PRIDE WORLD 2020!

September 30, 2020

Thank you to Nehchal for creating this promo video!   CALL TO ACTION In solidarity with MAD PRIDE SEOUL, I am reaching out to psychiatric survivors around the world to invite you to participate in a livestream event on October 10, 2020.  (NOTE: Event moved to October 31!) I need you to submit a video…

My Connecticut

August 1, 2020

When I was 26, I took a photograph of the San Diego skyline at night. My purpose was just to capture an image that could be used for the homepage of the American Relight website. Through pure luck, I discovered I don’t suck. That was enough encouragement for me to feel confident enough to submit…

State of the Startup: July 2019

July 1, 2020

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 on June 3, 2021, with a few redactions.  One thing which appears to be potentially…

Making Self-Directed Education Accessible to ALL

June 28, 2020

Making Self-Directed Education Accessible to All Why? | Watch the Video | Browse Accessibility Solutions | Contribute “Accessibility” means very different things to different people.  In June 2020, I presented at the Alternative Education Resources Organization annual conference on the topic of Making Self-Directed Education Accessible to ALL.  Please enjoy the presentation and consider contribution to…

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

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 I…

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