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In Defense of… Stigma?

I recently came across Manhattan Institute fellow Stephen Eide's 2020 article In Defense of Stigma in the online magazine National Affairs. It had some... odd... ideas about mental illness stigma, so I thought I would explore some of them. Okay, forget about exploring, I'm going to rant. The basic argument in the paper is that… Continue reading In Defense of… Stigma?

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Serenity Integrated Mentoring: Suicide Attempt? Do Not Pass Go

StopSIM When Skinny Hobbit shared an iNews article with me the other day about the mistreatment of high-service-needs people with mental illness, I had no idea just how deep of a rabbit hole the whole thing would be. The story of Serenity Integrated Mentoring, the NHS (the UK's National Health Service), and the way the… Continue reading Serenity Integrated Mentoring: Suicide Attempt? Do Not Pass Go

Will the pandemic affect mental illness stigma?
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The Pandemic, Mental Health, and Stigma

Caz of Mental Health 360º recently wrote about languishing and how people's mental health has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It made me wonder, will this change how people look at mental health and illness? Effects on mental health Isolation, lockdown, and stressors like job loss and financial strain have certainly brought mental health… Continue reading The Pandemic, Mental Health, and Stigma

Is person-first language all it's cracked up to be? - Dialogue bubbles with "she has bipolar disorder" and "he is bipolar"
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Is Person-First Language All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Is there a "right" way to talk about illness and disability? The current popular favourite is person-first language. It really got going in the 1990s, with the American Psychological Association leading the charge. Instead of talking about a "disabled person", person-first language literally puts the person first, as in "person with a disability." This has… Continue reading Is Person-First Language All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Domestic violence is very serious, but not an excuse to call the abuser "psychotic"
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Stigma in the News: A “Psychotic” Abuser

My news source of choice is the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster. Usually they're pretty good, but sometimes they slip up. This was the case with an article published on the CBC website on March 18 about a Russian woman, Margarita Gracheva, whose hands had been cut off by her "psychotic husband." The "psychotic" adjective was… Continue reading Stigma in the News: A “Psychotic” Abuser

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Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

As an official Crazy Person, I'm all for laughing at ourselves. It makes the hard stuff a little bit easier. But when other people use stigma as an excuse to laugh at us, that makes this Crazy Person very unimpressed, because stigma isn't funny. Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC, seems to do a pretty good… Continue reading Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

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Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

drawing of a ho Last year I wrote about a police wellness check gone wrong, in which a young woman was dragged half-naked in handcuffs through her building by a police officer, While the woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, a story about the matter in the Kelowna Daily Courier used the word… Continue reading Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

Just a psych patient? Mental illness stigma in the ER
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Just a Psych Patient? – Stigma in the ER

I saw this CBC story recently about a man who was written off because he was just a psych patient. I wanted to write about it, then promptly forgot about it until suninthespring brought it to my attention. In April 2018, David Pontone went to the emergency department at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada.… Continue reading Just a Psych Patient? – Stigma in the ER

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The Ship of Fools and Other Mental Illness Stigma

gma -0 A little while ago, I posted Mental Illness Stigma Researchers May Not Speak for Us based on an article by Heather Stuart, an epidemiologist at Queen's University. She currently holds a Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. She's also got some odd ideas about mental illness. Anyway, while researching for my… Continue reading The Ship of Fools and Other Mental Illness Stigma