Joined 10 years ago from Central West Virginia
I'm 25 years old and from Bradenton, FL. I now live in a rural mountain county of West Virginia about 50 miles north of Charleston. I have a passion for creativity, and I love using writing as a medium for raising awareness to help people. I love art (tattooing/body modification is obviously a big part of my life) and I love making it. It's rare to see me without a sketch pad and pencil.
I have some college education in the medical field (including insurance and ethics) and years of first hand experience as a psychiatric inpatient and outpatient in WV. I have Bipolar II Disorder and because of the mental health care system I've experienced in this state, one of the lucky few in "recovery" from my symptoms I feel it is my responsibility to bring awareness and change to as many psychiatric facilities (especially state hospitals housing forensic patients, specifically Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital in Huntington, WV) in this state as I can. I also want to publicly praise efforts of any one person (especially psychiatrists and other mental health providers), hospital, organizations, and mental health facilities of all kind that are passionate about making a difference in the mental health community of West Virginia.
Along with mental health concerns, I want to educate as many West Virginians as I can about state ran programs,especially medical/psychiatric coverage (Medicaid). Educating citizens of this state of their rights as a West Virginian AND their rights as citizen of The United States of America is, in my opinion, a crucial step in bringing about any sort of change.
I will do anything and everything (that's in my legal spectrum) to bring to light ANY abuse or mistreatment of psychiatric patients in this state, especially ones that are forensic or long term.
I am hell-bent on making sure Matthew Allen Pike (forensic patient at Bateman Hospital who's death is ruled as homicide because of physical restraint by staff) did not die in vain. Hearing all of the amazing things his mother, Penny Pike, and uncle, Mark Pike, had to say about this mostly happy and cheerful 29 year old autistic man give me the feeling that even though his mentality is of a child between 10-12 years old, he would also love to help as many people as he could.
As of April 18, 2012, a Cabell County prosecuting attorney was given the Medical Examiner's report ruling Matthew Pike's death a homicide. I will be publishing updates on any legal proceedings
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