Editors Teresa Theophano, LMSW (left) and Stephanie Schroeder, JD
HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness is an anthology comprised of nearly 40 pieces: essays, poems, illustrations, photographs and other expressive mediums by writers/artists both established and new, exploring the themes of mental health, mental illness, and experiences of the mental health care systems by members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.
Not surprisingly, LGBTQ people have historically been pathologized on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity alone. Few traditional mental health programs and treatment modalities sensitive to and designed to meet the needs of LGBTQ psychiatrically disordered people exist. And not enough of our stories have been brought to light—not even to the LGBTQ community at large.
The anthology includes stories from a broad cross-section of the LGBTQ community, across boundaries of race, age, socioeconomic status, and ethnic identity. It is critical to examine the intersections among forms of oppression in framing issues of mental health and approaches to wellness.
Published by Oxford University Press, forthcoming in February 2019.