Posted by: uawcc | November 30, 2009

Call for Submissions: The lived experience(s) of mental health in feminist communities – until June 1st, 2010

Call for submissions from people who identify with feminism and have lived experiences of a psychiatric diagnosis.

Our upcoming anthology, Feminists Navigate Mental Health (working title), will explore the complexities of navigating mental health and how a feminist identity may (or may not) shape those experiences.

Submissions are welcomed in the form of personal short stories.

The submissions received will shape the outcome of the book.  The final manuscript will be submitted to relevant Canadian independent publishers.  We are looking for contributions that explore the relationship between feminist identity and experiences, thoughts, and feelings related to mental health.

Possible themes may include (but are not limited to):

  • Coping – what works and what doesn´t
  • Any positive aspects of your mental health that are commonly considered deficits
  • Treatment preferences and past experiences
  • Medication
  • Personal/lived understandings of your diagnosis (acceptance or rejection)
  • Stigma/tension around mental health issues in the feminist community
  • Feminism and well-being/strength/empowerment
  • Feminism and distress
Guidelines:
  • Remember to take care of yourself while writing about topics that may be distressing;
  • Good writing skills are great, but not mandatory!  We will work with you to edit your piece;
  • Submissions should be saved in .doc or .rtf, size 12 font, Arial or Times New Roman, and double spaced;
  • 500 to 3000 words
  • Include contact information and a brief biography;
  • Only email submissions will be accepted;
  • Submission deadline is June 1st, 2010.

Comments, concerns, questions and submissions should be directed to:
fnmhsubmissions@gmail.com

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Responses

  1. Hello,
    Iam very interested in participating in your work.
    Unfortunatly my writing skills leave a lot to be desired.
    My age is 43 and I have been told I have depression and OCD.
    I was married to a Canadian submarineer for over 20 years. to cover his tracks (infidility) he constantly told me I was a paranoid schofrenic.he lied to me our son and everyone that would leston to him.
    i have many stories of the stigma i endured as a female ”mental consumer”. From Halifax and Victoria BC.
    In anout the mid 1990’s i asked my phyc. i was given Respiradale for anger .About 2 years latter i spoke with my husband about having another child. Due to being morbidly obese i was not ovulating.i went to an OBGYN. THe OBGYN WAS GOING TO PUT ME ON FERTILITY DRUGS. BUT REFUSSED TOO WHEN HE RECIEVED A LETTER FROM MY PHYSCIATRIST.
    STATING THAT HE WAS NOT ON BOARD WITH ME HAVING ANYMORE CHILDREN. IN THE END MY OBGYN REFUSSED TO TREAT ME SO THAT I COULD HAVE ANOTHER CHILD.
    I WOULD CALL THAT STERALIZATION OF A ”MENTAL PERSON”.
    LIKE I SAID I HAVE A LOT MORE INJUSTUSES TO TELL YOU ABOUT.
    NOT EVEN TOUCHING ON THE STIGMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIALATIONS I WAS SHOWN FROM BEING A FORCES WIFE FOR 20 YEARS ,WITH DEPRESSION AND OCD.
    BUT LORD KNOWS WHAT LIES MY EX-HUSBAND TOLD HIS SUPERIORS.
    Thank you for allowing me to write alittle of my horride life,

    • My spelling is terrible.I was upset while writing that story.


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