Prompt/Cope 7.22.18: “Flashbacks”

Write a poem or story in which you move back and forth in time.  Flashback to a past situation (good or bad) and come back to the present.  What happened then?  How does it affect you now?  Or does it affect you now?  What metaphorical trope will you use?  For example, will you use something in nature to compare this situation to?  Did the situation involve you and somebody else?  Or just you?  If it was just you, consider creating a “past” you and a “present” you as if you’re communicating with yourself.   Explore, imagine, be adventurous in your writing and how the structure of the piece reflects the situation.  (David Welper, Founder/EIC)   #Keep writing…  #StigmaFree  #Zines

‘Fresh Air’: Alisa Roth On ‘America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness’ : Shots – Health News : NPR

While visiting jails and prisons across the country, author Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy.
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Prompt/Cope 7.6.18: “What’s wrong with me?!”

This is personal.  Recently a couple situations occurred where I was basically told “no thanks” to something I had to offer.  It sucks.  Let’s be blunt about it.  Years ago I’d let it get to me for too long of a time, but now that I’m older, I have my little moment of being bummed and move on.  “What did I do wrong?  Why don’t they like me?  Could I have done/said something differently?  I’m a loser!”   But you know what?  Good news started happening to me in other ways and I felt better, happier, like I am worthy of somebody else’s time.  A wise man once told me that clichés stand the test of time because they’re true.  So, I say “life is a rollercoaster full of ups and downs.”   You…yes you!…are worth something in some way!    (David Welper, Founder/EIC)   #buddykeepwriting #suicideprevention #litzines