The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, commonly known as the “Baker Act,” allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, this September, I baker acted myself which means I gave up my own rights and let the hospital treat me as they saw fit, even without my consent.
This was one of the best decisions I made, despite the fact that I hated being in the hospital. I saw the affect hearing the news of my hospitalization had on loved ones and for the first time in a long time, I was glad to be alive. I really needed that time away from life even more than I thought I did.
So, usually I tell these stories in the form of blog posts. Writing is most definitely my forte, so it makes sense. But as I’ve talked about before, I want to expand my blog to youtube too. I want to make little videos to go with my poems and videos on books/art/mental health. Something about video editing gets the high school film club nerd in me very very excited.
And so, I tell this story in video form. I have to warn you that this will be a bit awkward, I have not mastered the art of talking to a camera yet, maybe one day I will but for now, I’m forcing the perfectionist in me to take a seat and putting this video up. I hope you enjoy, and if so don’t forget to subscribe and see more, hopefully less awkward content.