My name is Aaron Bellve. I came from a small town and moved to a larger small town which likes to think of itself as a city. I identify with the true black sheep boys and girls and I don’t believe ugly ducklings have any obligation to become swans–or anything other than ugly ducks, for that matter.

I see our collective abandonment and frequent abuses of people labeled mentally ill as a social disease far more harmful than the perceived mental illness, creating a disposable class. I am active in a movement to bring to an end the era of forced and coerced psychiatry and to bring human rights into the mental health field, where they have somehow been allowed to remain absent since its inception. I am addressing the fact that millions have been imprisoned in institutions, forced  to take drugs and undergo electroshock to quell everything from everyday sadness to radical thought — all on the basis of an unfounded theory of biological mental illness that changes as convenience and profit dictate.

I intend to use this sits to address these issues, to consolidate found news and information that is not readily available in other venues, and to make people aware of relevant actions I am taking and opportunities for them to do the same. There is no shortage of opportunities from simply vocalizing views, to organizing, informing, working in existing systems and creating and destroying systems as needed.

Sometimes I post art.

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jbenick  |  September 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    allo, mate!

  • 2. dogkisses  |  November 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, nice to read your about page. I look forward to reading more of your work here. I fell off “my magic bike,” and haven’t been reading much. Glad I just read this tonight!

  • 3. dogkisses  |  November 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I feel inspired here to post another comment after simply seeing your links and archives. I am going to soon (maybe — hopefully), write about how I have been told by the psychiatric medical folks that I, “must act against my gut,” when it comes to my adult son who is diagnosed with a brain disorder in regards to forcing meds. The same article will talk about the hospital psychiatrist who did not believe I should and spoke to me several times a day, while my son was in there, unmedicated, and how the doctor had to go outside or in hallways and whisper to me that he did not believe in forced meds — said he was the only doctor at the hospital (really an institution) who was not only against forced meds, especially on such a “free spirit,” as my son, but also was an advocate for living life without an antipsychotic if possible. I need the inspiration to write it. I need to tell the story. Perhaps writing this here, on your site, will get the ball rolling and I’ll share it. In the meantime, I’ll read some of your work. Thank you.

    • 4. abellve  |  November 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

      Thank you. I’ve had a hard time getting to put time aside for action in the “real world” and for writing here. It’s all for good reason but the feeling of inactivity (or more closely, inactivism) definitely takes its toll. It means the world to me that you take the time to read here, at my little corner of the internet which you probably stumbled upon randomly.
      A lot of people, some with better intentions than others, stand to gain a lot by telling people to go against their gut, spirit, heart or better judgment. Your gut may not always be right but people who would have us betray our true nature and instincts should always be met with some level of distrust. The very nature of forced and coerced psychiatry is to discredit people, undermine their ability to think and reason for themselves and to push an unquestioning trust in their model, methods and authority. Regardless of the best course of action, I don’t think we can afford to trust anyone unquestioningly with the our lives.
      Be inspired, get inspired. Tell as much of your story as you feel the world should know. You never know who might stumble upon it randomly and be affected — and the ball you get rolling may be bigger than you think.

  • 5. Nancy Jensen  |  December 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I am a Kaufman house survivor
    I lived it

    • 6. abellve  |  December 5, 2009 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks for posting, Nancy. I can’t imagine what that was like for you. I hate that it happened to you and I hate that no one listened early on. You deserve so much better.

  • 7. dogkisses  |  December 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Hi. I wanted to post here after reading more of your posts earlier. I was inspired, I guess, though it doesn’t feel so good, to write about the injustices I have and continue to experience when it comes to mental illness. It is hard to write about these experiences. I wrote today though and wanted to share it with you. I titled the post, “Can you spare some change?” he asked a citizen!
    Thanks for your work here on your blog. You speak for many!

  • 8. marmar1977  |  June 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I am very interested in what you are talking about as for Mental diseases. I was in the field for a very very short while.. there are many things i saw that i felt were not right. Government and used the disabled to make a dime. I have many jaded feeling about the issues you raised. I look forward to reading more

  • 9. Susannah  |  November 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Aaron your writing is fabulous and I think you are right on, wish you the very best and that the senselessness, ignorance, corruption & abuse in affairs of “mental health” really start to be examined and challenged

    “I see our collective abandonment and frequent abuses of people labeled mentally ill as a social disease far more harmful than the perceived mental illness” Right you are

  • 10. dogkisses  |  December 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Aaron,

    I wanted to say hello and that I miss your blog posts.

    Wishing you and yours, wellness and peace.



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