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The Activist Practitioner Magazine

The Activist Practitioner Magazine

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The Activist Practitioner is a magazine dedicated to sharing ideas, practices and stories about psychology and social justice concerns.
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Sanism Episode 15: Suggestions for Inclusive Language in Clinical Practice
Our editorial team came together for a discussion about how clinical language can advance sanist ideas and to consider some more humanising alternative terms. Some people will prefer some terms and some people will prefer others. These are our suggestions. In the future we would like to create a living glossary that reflects how the meaning of these terms changes over time as they are used for different purposes.
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 14: Sanism and the Mental State Exam
Does the way mental health professionals talk about, diagnose, document and refer people with mental distress do justice to their humanity and their personal recovery, or do they perpetuate sanism? A conversation between Holly Vine and Ruth Wells 
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 13: Embrace
'Embrace' is a poem written by Emma O'Donnell following a session with her therapist. In it, she re-lives her "adventurous, wonderful, carefree childhood."
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 12: Ideas that Changed Me
Content warning: Suicide, sexual violence, abortion Fi Peel takes us on a profound journey through extreme mental distress and suicidality, against the backdrop and stress of bushfires, coronavirus, a housing crisis and the "invisible pandemic" of sanism. This is about the power of music and theatre, and the strength of Fi Peel.
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 11: Regrowth After Wildfire; Journeys of a Wounded Healer
Content warning: Suicide This episode is a poem written by Damian Rayner. It explores the traumatic loss of his brother to suicide and the ways it has shaped both his personal growth and his work as a clinical psychologist.
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 10: Gaslighting - Getting out of your head
"Gaslighting is a common tactic against those with invisible disabilities, as well as differing abilities, and understanding it has been critical to understanding myself." Jennifer Fehr describes practices of gaslighting and toxic messaging, including self-gaslighting, and the ways in which gaslighting isn't always intentional on the part of the gaslighters. 
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 9: Lock and Key
"Obsession is a nasty dance with trusting oneself."  "I've had courage to walk into places of the mind." A powerful and moving story by Karen Millstein detailing her lived experience of mental distress and psychiatric treatment.
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 8: Finding Our Centre
This episode is a conversation between Karen Millstein and editor Ruah Grace. Karen talks about her practice as a Peer Specialist in mental health, and her own personal experiences of "big feelings", often referred to as psychosis. 
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 7: Mental Distress, Experience Experts, Support Groups and Stigma in Indonesia
This piece, written by Hans Pols, delves into the state of mental health in Indonesia
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 6: CRN 203 398 380X
CRN 203 398 380X is a story set in current day Canberra, Australia. Anonymous author, CRN 203 398 380X, is smart, deep feeling, frequently in poverty and sick of the way things are. This has earned her a number of diagnoses and consequent traumas. On a good day she doesn't take it too personally and is delighted to be alive.
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 5: The Z-A Of Crazy
The Z-A of Crazy is an incredible poem written by Alise Blaney about sanism and psychology.
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 4: How I Found Peace
Racheal Munro's story of being a First Nations woman in the mental health system was read to Annie Sykes, a Maori woman. This is Annie's response, told in conversation with Ruah Grace. It is a story of her own experiences of severe mental distress, hospitalisation, and the ways she has found her own peace. 
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 3: Finding My Voice
Content Warning: Racial violence, sexual violence, physical violence, suicide, distressing and dehumanising experiences. Racheal Munro, a Kamilaroi woman, talked to Ruth Nelson about some of her experiences of extreme mental distress, hospitalisation and being separated from her daughter. 
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 2: A False Binary
This episode is a conversation about sanism, lived experience of mental distress and psychology between Holly Vine, Ruah Grace, Tina Kelly, Paul Rhodes, Miranda Cashin, Sahra O'Doherty, Max Loomes, Ruth Wells and Ruth Nelson.
January 22, 2021
Sanism Episode 1: An introduction
This episode we will delve into what sanism is as introduction to our new issue. 
January 22, 2021