“The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct
acting from inner necessity.”
— Carl Jung
THE WACKY AND WONDERFUL MENTAL HEALTH LIBRARY
Don’t let the name fool you. We’re a place of healing. We’re also a place of joy. Awash with artwork, poetry, and a flare of the bizarre, the WACKY AND WONDERFUL MENTAL HEALTH LIBRARY (WW Library) is a world where mental health is more than freedom from suffering. It’s about creativity and the occasional chuckle. It’s about essays, fiction, cartoons, comics, puzzles, coloring, and humor.
People with psychiatric problems need more strength and charisma to survive than the average person. They must seek beauty in places most would never think of looking. They must also, amidst life’s heartaches, find room for laughter. The WW Library celebrates just that: the strength, resilience, inspiration, humor, and creativity that come along with mental illness. We’re not making fun of psychiatric conditions. We’re doing the very opposite. We’re plowing past stigma, opening up room for conversation, and showing the world that a mental health diagnosis can coincide with incredible success.
But the author can’t do this alone. We’re seeking inspiring, positive, or humorous words/art about mental illness and getting past it. Perhaps you have an interesting way to deal with tough situations? A picture that brings peace to a busy day? Do you mischievously appreciate people’s coping skills in ways most wouldn’t (or shouldn’t)? Would you like to share your observations about the benefits of Asperger’s? How about a humor piece about the psych hospital, or an article about overcoming nightmares? Whether you’re a consumer, family member, friend, or provider, if you’ve got something to share, please send it our way. (Yes, we’re talking to you!) Check out the submission page for more information. Unfortunately we aren’t in a position to pay.
The WW Library was started by psychiatrist, Dr. Kim Rosenthal. Check out her other website kimrosenthalmd.com
OKAY, WE HAVE A FEW CONFESSIONS
(1) We admit the library is on the empty side. Rosenthal created the damned place before she had the goods, but that’s okay. We’ve got lots of books and booklets on the way.
(2) We’re busy changing the name of the website. You’ll see different names. We’re working on it!
As mentioned beforehand, we’re accepting artsy fartsy, literary, intellectual, and muse-driven submissions. This website is about you and your words. We do this together. Please see the submission page for more information.
We’re also building our blog. Little by little.
Website needs work.
Coming winter 2019:
Wacky and Wonderful booklets. Packed with artwork and adult puzzles, these unusual booklets journey with you through life’s more challenging moments. Themes include “How to quit tobacco,” “Psychiatry 101,” and “Introduction to addiction treatment.” Booklets range from 5 to 40 pages. They’re hand-bound and decorated with a pretty ribbon (or stamp or whiff of good-smelling cologne). Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But they’ll be available soon and sent to you directly via snail-mail.
WW Journaling. A Journaling Journey. Don’t ask. It’s a good idea in the making, or maybe it isn’t, but the author is passionate about the idea. That’s what counts. This resource will be free.
Coming in 2020-2021:
The Wacky and Wonderful Workbook for Recovery (WW). WW takes the reader on a 100-day journey through a world where relapse prevention, mending broken bridges, coping skills, and cognitive rehab meet self-exploration and creativity. The humor is very particular, the art rather odd, but you’ve got to see it to know it. It’s written for people in early to late recovery but can be used by providers with their clients. WW offers alter egos, invention, art therapy, comic writing, screen plays, half a dozen scenarios with bizarre quizzes, and much more. Somehow it all makes sense. Here are sample pages.
You can find out more by visiting the WW Workbook page.
Thanks for visiting. Please take off your jacket and hang out for a while.
“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Remember that the information found in this website is not meant to be a substitute for personalized medical care. It isn’t meant to and doesn’t provide professional diagnosis, services, or treatment. Everyone is unique; the ideas you find here may not apply to your situation. If you seek diagnosis and/or treatment for any psychiatric condition, please make an appointment with a mental health professional. Thanks.