Alida’s Unraveling

REFLECTIONS ON OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM By John Bell  “I’ll throw your baby out the window!”  This is what Alida said about our new born when I invited her to come stay with us in the midst of her first of many psychotic breaks.  Fortunately, my wife Dorothy was more level-headed and said “Absolutely not!  … Continue reading Alida’s Unraveling

Mafia Hit Man Transforms

by John Bell For years in the 1970s I taught ongoing peer counseling classes in my home in Harlem. A woman we will call Ellen (the names of the two characters have been changed to honor confidentiality and safety.) had been in one of these classes for about a year. The class was a multi-racial … Continue reading Mafia Hit Man Transforms