By: Alex M.
I’ve known Jasper roughly six months now. We were fellows in the phenomenal Yp4 program, which mentors young activists and helps them create “blueprints,” or projects that will engage their community.
Jasper’s blueprint is the Define Depression conference, which aims to decenter and deinstitutionalize the experience of being young and depressed. Define Depression will be held November 6-9, at a hotel in Albany, and focuses on people age 18-25 that have experienced depression.
It is a lofty goal to encourage participants to enunciate and enumerate the shape of their depression, but I think Jasper and the conference planners can definitely do it. Jasper’s ideas address the situational aspect of depression in response to institutional oppressions and economic disparities. They are essentially seeking to deconstruct the experiential model of depression into someone thing more grassroots.
On Friday morning, I had the opportunity to chat with the always charming and cheerful Jasper, and we discussed everything from the concerning lack of diversity in collegiate therapists to Beyoncé.
really sick of seeing so much hate directed towards the police on here. look, we get it, you prefer sting’s solo work, i like it too alright? that doesnt mean ‘every little thing she does is magic’ and ‘can’t stand losing you’ arent awesome jams. ‘roxanne’ and ‘don’t stand so close to me’ are classic, don’t even get me started on ‘spirits in the material world’. just stop ok?
WHAT THE FUCK. THATS IT? THATS THE END? WHY ARE THERE NO COMMENTS ON THIS. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOM AND THE GIRL? ARE THEY ALIVE? IF SO DOES THE GIRL LIKE SCHOOL? DOES HER NEW TEACHER HAVE A PET RAT? WHAT THE FUCK WAS SONIC DOING? DID HE GET WHERE HE NEEDED TO GO? THERE ARE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.