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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.


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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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,…

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