Kenyatta Yamel

I write about various issues, mostly related to mental health. I am a certified peer specialist in Milwaukee, WI

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I was a Willowbrook youth worker

I was a Willowbrook youth worker

One of my first adult jobs after leaving the US Army was at the notorious Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. It was an institution for people with developmental disabilities. If you google Willowbrook you will find that it had been exposed by Geraldo Rivera when he was a reporter. On television and in a a book he tore the lid off a pattern of neglect and mistreatment. We need to protect…

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Crooks buying crap

I just read an eye-opening story about the seedy world of debt collection in the New York Times. It  was enlightening to learn about the shady practices of this industry of bottom feeders who are making big profits on the backs of poor people. Those who became over-extended, lost jobs, grew old became ill or otherwise lost their ability to pay their bills.

A lot of the story focused on some…

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Tagged: Buffalo New Yorkcconsumer protectionConsumer Financial Protection BureauConsumer rightsdebt collectorsrhustling poor peoplePoverty

Team Dark Skin



There have always been dark and lovely people since, after all, our earliest ancestors were Africans. But people of white skin have long-held the dominant positions in the world. Until very recently Africans throughout the diaspora lacked political and economic power. Thus it was not surprising that those who were the darkest were often ridiculed. Throughout the world we have devised…

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Tagged: Africanblack atheistsJames Brownnon-believerspride

Going riding in a pink cadillac

Going riding in a pink cadillac

Two months ago one of our consumers announced that his birthday was during the state fair and he wanted to celebrate by attending an Aretha Franklin concert. Now it is almost midnight and the concert is long over. Aretha is probably is an airplane and one happy man is in bed. I assisted with this in my role as a peer specialist and a fan of Aretha. There’s nothing that says recovery needs to be…

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Tagged: Aretha Franklincommunity mental healthinclusionRecoveryriding in a pink cadillac

It’s time to DASH

It’s time to DASH

I have been trying to cope with my blood pressure over the years with a variety of medications. The meds keep coming, my weight keeps rising and my blood pressure still never got to be where I wanted it to be. I wanted something better. After going to the VA so many years I decided to try a new doctor. It was a pleasant surprise when my blood pressure came in very well at my first appointment.…

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Tagged: Dietary approaches to solving hypertenionexercise

Complimenting workers

I was at the Brady street festival Saturday with my companion and another friend. We were looking for food and that area has plenty of restaurants. My friend had been looking for a brat but I was running on empty so I needed to go to the first place available. We ended up at a place with burritos and such. It was a very interesting experience. We were seated so that we could check out the crowd…

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Tagged: Brady Streetfriendshipminimum wagetipped workers

The Truman show effect

The Truman show effect

I just finished listening to an episode of This American Life called Human Spectacle. It began with a segment in which people told mental health professionals they believed that their lives were a reality show and that everyone around them was part of the show. Apparently there was a movie about this idea called The Truman Show in which a man was actually being watched by people all over the…

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Tagged: mental healthNasubireality tvSweepstakes LifeThis American LifeTruman Show Effect

Joe Biden for President, Now!

Joe Biden for President, Now!

Andy Borowitz has a wonderful response to the idiots who scream about wanting President Obama for impeached. Obviously they have nothing better to do and don’t understand what impeachment really means. A bunch of silly ass repugnants in the house of representatives could actually bring government to a halt with foolish list of charges and a vote to impeac, just as they did with Bill Clinton.…

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Tagged: Andy BorowitzBarack ObamaBill ClintonHouse of RepresentativesimpeachmentJoe Biden

It begins to fall

It begins to fall

One thing that happens as you begin to grow older is that you have more discussions is the number of discussions you have concerning your health. For instance when I called my sister recently she talked about signs of her blood pressure. She felt that her grand-daughter was raising her blood pressure as a kind of wild child. She would have fits and these were very disturbing.  I don’t recall…

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Tagged: diseasehigh blood pressurehypertensionlicetyphus

Blasts from the past and present

Blasts from the past and present

Recently I spoke with a former co-worker who told me she had seen an old friend of ours who had fallen on hard times. It was not surprising. We had seen one another in several years. She had been a peer support specialist and we met while riding on the bus out to the Mental Health Complex. She was going to be in the training class for peer specialists and I was co-presenting. She was in and out…

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Tagged: employmentMental Healthmindfulnesspeer supportrelationships and friendswellness