PROPOSAL/CONVERSATION: Change this forum's name to f/Mental_Wellbeing [edited] [PASSED]

Submitted by Tequila_Wolf in MentalWellbeing (edited )

For the entirety of my time at raddle, I've been uncomfortable with this forum.

I have a pretty particular critique of mental wellness questions, especially where it's framed in terms of the medical model, i.e. 'health', but including

  • a generally nonnormative approach to mental wellbeing,
  • an awareness of how pharmaceutical capitalism profits off of our suffering, and the world that this creates,
  • Vaneigem's work (here's a quote),
  • critiques emerging from people developing on the work of people like Thomas Szasz,
    the work of the Icarus Project,
  • the antipsychiatry movement as participated in by the likes of Félix Guattari,
  • and Foucault's critiques in his books like Madness and Civilization.

And some other things. I wrote a more detailed thing about it some time ago, with quotes and links here.

Anyway, I'd like us to drop the whole "health" thing for a less medicalised word, "wellbeing" - and think we can drop the word "rad" because that can be assumed. What do people think?

[edit: changed wellness to wellbeing after comments from Foss]
[edit 2: added a little for posterity]


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ziq wrote (edited )

Support, I've also always been bothered by the name of this forum. I especially dislike the 'rad' part because it restricts the forum to just being for 'radicals'. You shouldn't have to be a 'radical' to post here.


rot wrote

I thought the 'rad' part was referencing that the view of mental health was radical


OldHippieChick wrote

A lot of what is posted is fairly "radical" in a society where people in crisis are routinely drugged and encarcerated, but MentalWellbeing does carry less stigma and would be more welcoming to the intended audience.

It also feels less judgemental towards those who are doing their best to get off those drugs or at least do as much damage control as possible.

It's hard to communicate that rage against a system can include compassion for its victims and those more vulnerable than ourselves, but I think that's what we're all trying to do here, no matter how radical that is perceived to be.


Catsforfun wrote (edited )

I don’t know how I feel. I’ll come back and edit later when I know if I know. I’m kind of low on fucks to give about stuff rn though

edit- i understand the problem w/ the word "health". I like rad. I like wellbeing ok. I like radmentalhealth ok. thats my opinion. this is the peoples radmentalheal/wellness forum.


OldHippieChick wrote

Catsforfun, I deeply appreciate all the work you have done to make this forum such a valuable resource for all of us. You take care of you now; feeling stuff is overrated.


Catsforfun wrote

feeling stuff is overrated.

thanks for making me laugh :)


OldHippieChick wrote

Thanks for helping me live through my own private hell this year.

You contribute a lot more to this place than you (probably) realize.


Fossidarity wrote (edited )

I personally like the "Rad" part because of the slang meaning. But I think dropping it wouldn't hurt. Why does "health" have the medicalised connotation but "wellness" doesn't? My association with "wellness" is rich people going to expensive hotels in mountainous areas and getting massages with caviar to make their skin look younger..


Freux wrote

I love this place, getting new point of view on things I've never thought about. I support the change.


MHC wrote

There's too much euphemism!