#mentalhealth innovation fail at Health 2.0

Our team on stage during the #mentalhealth innovation pitch contest

So Poetry for Personal Power got selected for the finals of a business pitch competiton for #mentalhealth innovation. We earned the spot in the finals with almost double the crowd verification points of the other participants.  During the contest, we got the most crowd verification during the contest, we closed the most deals, we have the . . . → Read More: #mentalhealth innovation fail at Health 2.0

Please Comment on our $25,000 ScatterGood Nomination

We are applying for $25,000 from the Scattergood Foundation, which is the closest thing to a mental health social entrpreneurship funding organization that I’ve found.  Here is our description on their site.

Go to their site and add a comment on it to help us reach the finals! www.scattergoodfoundation.org/innovideas/wellness-wordworks-poetry-personal-power

Project Description:

Poetry for Personal Poweris . . . → Read More: Please Comment on our $25,000 ScatterGood Nomination

Poetry to create identity

Floetic Nette waiting for her turn to perform her poetry to create identity

Poetry to overcome adversity, and poetry to create identity

Floetic” Nette performed this one minute piece at Poetry for Personal Power Wednesday at Penn Valley Community College. This one is so short and sweet that we wanted to post the text here.  This is an awesome example of poetry to create identity.

 

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Will Daniel Christensen make Brave New Voices this year?

Brave New Voices – Kansas City’s National Teen Poetry Slam Team

For the last four years, Kansas City has sent a team to Brave New Voices, the national teen poetry slam team. During the school year the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum hosts a teen poetry slam the fourth Tuesday of every month. . . . → Read More: Will Daniel Christensen make Brave New Voices this year?

Journaling to Overcome Difficulties

Journaling to overcome difficulties

There is no corporate sponsor to promote journaling to overcome difficulties, so here we are:

Many different wellness strategies exist for people to get through difficulties. Some strategies have a corporate sponsor, like pharmaceuticals, and thus many people hear about them. Journaling to overcome difficulties  is one tool that is very underutilized. However, many of . . . → Read More: Journaling to Overcome Difficulties

Suli Breaks from Great Britain found us on Twitter

Social networking seems to be where a powerful idea can be shared widely, and quickly. Poetry for Personal Power has grown followers faster than any of my other Twitter accounts, partly because the name is so obvious. @PoetryforPower

Suli Breaks, from Great Britain found us and wanted to participate in our program. His Twitter desciption, . . . → Read More: Suli Breaks from Great Britain found us on Twitter

Bill Poindexter’s Car Free American Story

I have been car-free (d. not owning a car) or car-lite(d. owning a car but using it on a limited basis) for ten years now.

In 2000, I realized I was living my life for the wrong reasons: just to make a lot of money, accumulate things, get others to respect me for my . . . → Read More: Bill Poindexter’s Car Free American Story

Tamara Johnson on the Power of Youth Voice

by Corinna West

At Alternatives this year I went to a a youth caucus and two workshops. At the caucus, about eight youth stood up and told about their involvement with the mental health system and how they are working with the consumer movement to make things better for other young adults. The most memorable . . . → Read More: Tamara Johnson on the Power of Youth Voice

Dorothy Dundas, “Shock Treatment, 1961”

While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the 1960s, Dorothy Washburn Dundas was labeled a “schizophrenic” and forced to undergo 40 combined insulincoma-electroshock “treatments.” She experienced and witnessed many atrocities and believes that luck, determination, her own anger and one compassionate advocate were her best friends on the road to her ultimate survival . . . → Read More: Dorothy Dundas, “Shock Treatment, 1961”

Zendrix Berndt, “Homeless”

Homeless

To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into drywall Knuckles chalk white like fists were made out of plaster And no matter how far I run I will always be a bastard Faster and faster my heart beats in time To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into . . . → Read More: Zendrix Berndt, “Homeless”