The Truth Injection

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

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…

I Hear Voices Now

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…

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

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’. …

voices for choices

Introducing: Voices for Choices

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,…