After losing her son to schizophrenia, Laura Pogliano keeps his memory alive by helping others

Care First After losing her son to schizophrenia, Laura Pogliano keeps his memory alive by helping others. (“I really believe that the way we treat mentally ill people in this country is the human rights crisis of our times,” she says. “There’s so much judgment around it . . . that you don’t see in … Continue reading After losing her son to schizophrenia, Laura Pogliano keeps his memory alive by helping others

Vulnerability is Courage

"There really is no shame in being vulnerable and talking about mental health (both positive and negative because we all have a state of mental health) or in seeking help when you need it. You may not need to tell the world but please do not be afraid. You are not alone." -Unknown

A Lyrical Rendition of Suicidal Thoughts

This Rock the Pigeon Blog Post was published today! We officially released the title track to the Album "Merry Go Round" through "Ditto Music" today! (Digital release). Andrew Neil felt the song was too important and relevant to hold back as the song talks about the subject of suicide. Specifically it talks about what a … Continue reading A Lyrical Rendition of Suicidal Thoughts

One Third of Homeless People Have Chronic Mental Illness

Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia every day, and it's always in the form of someone homeless. 'Look at that guy - he's crazy. He looks dangerous.' Well, he's on the streets because of mental illness. He probably had a job and a home.

Before You Speak: THINK

“Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument. The same goes for sulking or silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness.  Our first job is to sidestep the traps.” Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 91.

Why Do So Many Men Have Eating Disorders?

Why Do So Many Men Have Eating Disorders? Cultural expectations about manhood are fueling a silent epidemic of eating disorders and body image disturbance in men across the country. Unlike Marvin, you probably don't have a mental disorder, much less a substance abuse problem that you developed to cope with it. Muscle dysmorphia, or MD, … Continue reading Why Do So Many Men Have Eating Disorders?

There are no escalators on the climb to recovery… only stairs

"Turns out, all that avoidance, stubbornness, and unwillingness to work only landed me deeper in my disorder. There are no escalators on the climb to recovery… only stairs. You cannot wait around for the elevator that does not even exist… you just have to hike up your boots and start climbing." - Brooke Heberling