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The Health Professions Act and the Fight Against Stigma

As a nurse in my province (British Columbia, Canada), if I am hospitalized for mental illness then the provincial Health Professions Act requires the hospital to report me to the nursing regulatory college, and the college must treat this as a complaint about my fitness to practice.  This ends up with being offering the non-choice … Continue reading The Health Professions Act and the Fight Against Stigma

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Should You Challenge or Ignore Ignorance on Social Media?

There are certainly some good things about social media, but it also provides an opportunity for stupidity to get much greater exposure than it deserves. Some people would likely have a platform to reach large numbers of people even if it weren't for social media.  But the average science-naïve person who thinks that snow in … Continue reading Should You Challenge or Ignore Ignorance on Social Media?

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#BellLetsTalk – What if the elephant in the room could speak?

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day (#BellLetsTalk), an anti-stigma mental health awareness campaign sponsored by the Canadian telecom company Bell.  Similar to the UK organization Time to Change's Time To Talk Day coming up on February 7, the goal is to get people talking about mental health and mental illness. A couple of weeks ago … Continue reading #BellLetsTalk – What if the elephant in the room could speak?

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Why can’t you search Pinterest for “depression”?

I discovered this quite a while back, but it just popped into my mind again recently.  Pinterest won't let you search for the word "depression".  If you try, it gives no results, just this message: "If you're in emotional distress or thinking about suicide, help is available."  If you search for "depressed" or "major depression", though, … Continue reading Why can’t you search Pinterest for “depression”?

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How do you respond to stigmatized language?

Crazy.  Psycho.  Schizo.  Nutbar.   Mad.  Retard.  Lunatic.  Loony tunes.   Insane.  F***ed in the head.  Bonkers.   Whack job.  Batshit crazy.  Certifiable. These are just a few examples, but when it comes to derogatory mental-health related terms, there are many of them and we hear them often.  Sometimes we even use them ourselves. A … Continue reading How do you respond to stigmatized language?

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