Sarafin is the writer and artist behind the independent webcomic and graphic novel series Asylum Squad. The fictional story is very loosely inspired by Sarafin’s own experiences during a year an in-patient facility where she was receiving treatment for mental illness and follows four teenage patients drafted into an experimental drug trial that allows them to battle their inner demons like a psychiatric Justice League. This episode delves into what lead to Sarafin being institutionalized and why she began her comic as an outlet for what she was experiencing. We also explain the Mad Pride movement and why Sara considers herself a mad-identified person as an unintentional celebrity within that community. You will also learn why those who’ve gone through the mental health system often have a problem with Bell Let’s Talk Day – a mental health awareness day and fundraiser spearheaded by one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.
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