Hey, i'd really like to submit an article for this (really into what your doing and how your going about it). But i'm really tied down with work at the moment and was wondering when the deadline as such will be? before you print etc...
No worries, I’ve decided to make the deadline for this issue April as I have a holiday from university then & will have time to edit & construct it!
Just had another great genderqueer submission. Viewing daily experience through someone else’s perspective can really throw out some of the struggles that, as a white middle-class cis woman, would never have even occured to me. This is exactly the reason that I’m compiling this zine.
“People with mental illness were eight times more likely to be robbed, 15 times more likely to be assaulted, and 23 times more likely to be raped than was the general population. Theft of property from persons, rare in the general population at 0.2 percent, happens to 21 percent of mentally ill persons, or 140 times as often. Even theft of minor items from victims can increase their anxiety and worsen psychiatric symptoms, the researchers said.”—
Comparing national criminal-justice figures with those for an urban sample of mentally ill persons shows that they are more likely to be victims of violent crime than is the general population.
More than one-fourth of persons with severe mental illness are victims of violent crime in the course of a year, a rate 11 times higher than that of the general population, according to a study by researchers at Northwestern University.
They estimated that nearly 3 million severely mentally ill people are crime victims each year in the United States.
This is the first such study to include a large, random sample of community-living, mentally ill persons and to use the same measures of victimization used by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, said lead author Linda Teplin, Ph.D., Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, in the August Archives of General Psychiatry.
Victimization rates vary with the type of violent crime, said the researchers. People with mental illness were eight times more likely to be robbed, 15 times more likely to be assaulted, and 23 times more likely to be raped than was the general population. Theft of property from persons, rare in the general population at 0.2 percent, happens to 21 percent of mentally ill persons, or 140 times as often. Even theft of minor items from victims can increase their anxiety and worsen psychiatric symptoms, the researchers said.
“The direction of causality is the reverse of common belief: persons who are seriously mentally ill are far more likely to be the victims of violence than its initiators,” said Leon Eisenberg, M.D., professor emeritus of social medicine and health policy at Harvard Medical School, in an accompanying editorial. “The evidence produced by Linda Teplin et al. settles the matter beyond question.”
The Northwestern researchers randomly selected 16 sites from a list of 75 agencies in Chicago that offer outpatient, day, and residential treatment to people with mental illness. Participants were then randomly selected from these sites and stratified by sex, race/ethnicity, and age. To qualify for inclusion, patients had to have taken psychiatric medications for the previous two years or have been hospitalized for psychiatric reasons at some time in their lives.
In all, 936 patients with psychosis or major affective disorder completed the survey; 52 percent were male, and about 35 percent were African American, 29 percent Hispanic, and 34 percent non-Hispanic white.
Participants were interviewed using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview version 2.1, supplemented by diagnosis records. They also answered the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which is used by the Department of Justice to survey 43,000 U.S. households each year on crime victimization.
“The use of the NCVS makes a great deal of sense,” said Bruce Link, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, in an interview withPsychiatric News.
Future research on mentally ill populations should also make use of the NCVS questionnaire to provide findings comparable to national data, said Teplin. Investigators might ask about diagnosis, treatment, and socioeconomic issues, as well, she noted.
While 25 percent of their subjects in this study were victims of violent crime, 28 percent were victims of property crime, which is about four times higher than the national rate. Property crimes include household theft, motor vehicle theft, and property theft.
“These prevalence ratios are lower than the ratios for other crimes because property crimes are common in the general population,” wrote Teplin.
Incidence—the number of crimes per 1,000 persons per year—was also higher among people with serious mental illness.
For every 1,000 people in the overall NCVS survey, there were about 40 crimes. However, among those with mental illness, there were 168 such incidents.
“Prevalence and incidence were high among all racial/ethnic groups, probably because poverty—highly correlated with victimization—is common in our sample, irrespective of race/ethnicity,” wrote Teplin. Prevalence ratios were higher than incidence ratios, indicating that incidence was not driven by a few individuals being victimized repeatedly. The relative difference between the Chicago sample and the NCVS national survey may even be greater, since the latter would include a sample of the mentally ill population.
“Symptoms associated with SMI [serious mental illness], such as impaired reality testing, disorganized thought processes, impulsivity, and poor planning and problem solving, can compromise one’s ability to perceive risks and protect oneself,” she said.
Many severely mentally ill persons also contend with poor social relationships, substance abuse, homelessness, and poverty, which may also contribute to victimization.
“The results clearly say something about where people with mental illnesses end up in our society,” said Link. “Halfway houses and group homes tend to be located in areas without the political clout to keep them out.”
When most people associate crime and mental illness, they usually think of people with mental illness as perpetrators, not victims, said Link. Yet previous research shows that only discharged psychiatric patients who also abuse substances commit violent acts at rates greater than their neighbors.
“More studies like Teplin’s can help, but changing attitudes on the basis of data is difficult,” Eisenberg told Psychiatric News.“ It’s a tough problem and requires everyone’s engagement.”
This study was published a few days ago. Thought you might find it interesting, tumblr!
Longer relationship duration was significantly associated withlower rates of depression, suicidal behaviour and substanceabuse/dependence, even after adjustment for covariates. Inmost cases the associations did not vary with gender. Legalrelationship status (legally or de facto married) was not significantlyrelated to mental health once due allowance was made for relationshipduration.
Writing about important personal experiences in an emotional way for as little as 15 minutes over the course of three days brings about improvements in mental and physical health. This finding has been replicated across age, gender, culture, social class, and personality type. Those who benefit maximally from writing tend to use a high number of positive-emotion words, a moderate amount of negative-emotion words, and increase their use of cognitive words over the days of writing. These findings suggest that the formation of a narrative is critical and is an indicator of good mental and physical health. Ongoing studies suggest that writing serves the function of organizing complex emotional experiences.
Well if that wasn’t proof that submitting an article to the zine is good for you, I don’t know what is!
“Being triggered does not mean “being upset” or “being offended” or “being angry,” or any other euphemism people who roll their eyes long-sufferingly in the direction of trigger warnings tend to imagine it to mean. Being triggered has a very specific meaning that relates to evoking a physical and/or emotional response to a survived trauma. To say, “I was triggered” is not to say, “I got my delicate fee-fees hurt.” It is to say, “I had a significantly mood-altering experience of anxiety.” Someone who is triggered may experience anything from a brief moment of dizziness, to a shortness of breath and a racing pulse, to a full-blown panic attack. A survivor of sexual violence who experiences a trigger is experiencing the same thing as a soldier who experiences a trigger, potentially even including flashbacks. Like many soldiers who return from war, many survivors of sexual violence are left with post-traumatic stress disorder. Unlike soldiers, however, they are not likely to receive much sympathy, or benefit from attempts to understand, when they are triggered. Instead, triggered survivors of sexual violence are dismissed as oversensitive, as hysterics, as humorless, as weak. Well. Trivializing the concerns of a person whose traumatic experience of sexual violence has been triggered is a legitimate response. But it’s not a very kind or decent one. I will never understand why anyone wants to be the total jerk who evokes someone’s memories of being assaulted by blindsiding hir with a rape joke (or image, or metaphor, or whatever), in the guise of “humor.” No “joke” is worth triggering someone. Not if you understand what triggering someone really means.”— “Survivors Are So Sensitive”
Hello all! Thank you so very much for the submissions I received yesterday & today. I’ll be saving them for the published zine &, of course, you can reserve the right to withdraw your account at any time up until publishing.
It seems there’s a talented & articulate group of people on tumblr. Thank you so much for contributing. Do please spread the word!
Hi, I saw your post on FYGS. I draw comics, usually semi-autobiographical, and I wondered if you'd be interested in one about my experiences with teenage depression and internal homophobia? I'm not sure if that's the kind of thing you are looking for but if it is I am more than happy to work on something for you.
That would be so great. I am very much into the idea. I’m personally very interested in how stigma & homophobia can be internalised so it would be great to hear something from you! You can either submit it here when you’re ready or email to mindovermatterzine[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks!
Happy New Year, all! Just to let you know, I am aiming to have the zine published in April so there is still time to submit!
Mind Over Matter aims to provide a platform for patients, public & practitioners to engage in discussion of their experiences of mental health issues on a common level. We are looking for submissions from the general public / those receiving treatment (therapy or medication) in the past or at present / mental health support workers, volunteers and nurses / psychiatrists / clinical and research psychologists.
Please do feel free to ask a question / submit an article or experience. This can be done completely anonymously by writing ‘anon’ where it asks for your name & email, or you can attach your name & age. Please do invite your friends to submit too!