Posts in category "Advocacy"

You've Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em

… know when to walk away, know when to run. Kenny Rogers had something there. I think this advice goes for all sorts of different situations besides shady poker tables, but to me, the gist is — You have to know the rules. And know when to break them. And know when to get out... Read more »

An Apology For Naysaying The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s a sensation that’s sweeping the nation. It was created to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). And people are loving it or … hating it is a strong word … let’s go with the old school “dissing.” The premise is you film a video of yourself being doused... Read more »

It's Been Over 24 Hours, And I'm Still Sad About Robin Williams

Monday night, I wrote a piece about the unexpected suicide committed by Robin Williams. I first learned of his death when a reporter called Second City asking if anyone there had ever worked with him or had a story to share. I was dumbfounded. I knew that Robin had been struggling with his addiction in... Read more »
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The Story Of Josh Marks: When Reality TV Gets Too Real

A friend posted a link to Chicago Magazine’s article “The Voices in Josh Marks’ Head” on Facebook a few days ago. I was going to write something here at the time that he killed himself, but reading this helps me get my mind around it a little more. Kind of. Honestly, at some point, reading... Read more »

Billy Joel or Christie Brinkley -- Who Is The Crazy One?

This is a somewhat misleading headline, but let’s walk down this rabbit hole, shall we? For fear that I would derail an innocent thread on Jimmy Greenfield’s Facebook wall the other day, I thought I’d come and just explore my train of thought here, instead of turning the question of whether or not Billy Joel... Read more »

Mental Health Awareness Month In The Month Of Yam*

So they tell me it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. I guess last month was Alcohol Awareness Month. Ooookkkkkkaaaay. So, this blog is supposed to be me, advocating for people who suffer from or struggle with mental illness and addiction issues. This should be RIIIIGHT up my alley, yeah? I don’t know. First of all, I’ve... Read more »
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I Can See Clearly Now

This is a piece I read for Tuesday Funk this month. Thanks to Andrew Huff and Bill Shunn for inviting me. I hope you invite me back, and I’ll try to go a little lighter. And to everyone who’s “looking for some new music,” go check out The Avett Brothers*. The whole catalog. You’ll find... Read more »

Naked On The CTA: Those Who Laugh Last Are Just Mean

Okay. I guess what gets me roused out of a stall here at An Unquiet Chicagoan is a good old-fashioned grrr out. I’m sure if you live in Chicago, by now you’ve heard about the woman who held things up for a bit on the Red Line at Granville on Saturday afternoon. To briefly summarize,... Read more »

What It's Been Like WITHOUT The Affordable Care Act

So, I’m going to try and use the next 30 days as a way to mine some of the topics that I want to cover in my theoretical book about manic-depression, navigating it, my memoir of my own journey, etc. I’m going to just write about what I’ve gone through and work it out here.... Read more »
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Let's Talk Meds -- National Mental Health Awareness Week -- Volume Five

Just when I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write today, I read Nicole Kepper’s post about psychotropic medication, and who she believes has the right (?) to discuss said topic. At first, I thought she was telling people who don’t believe in psych meds to sit down and shut up. And I... Read more »
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    Blogging since 2004, Jocelyn Geboy has maintained a personal blog, The Smussyolay, and blogged for Chicagoist and Block Avenue. She is writing An Unquiet Chicagoan to help alleviate the stigma that comes with being diagnosed with mental illness. She loves bees, clouds, mini things, and driving. She has lived in the city for 17 years and currently lives in Uptown with her cat, Flannery O'Connor. You can contact her at unquietchicagoan@gmail.com.

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