Mental illness stigma and the problem with language policing
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The Problem with Language Policing

Patrick Corrigan has been my research crush for a number of years now. And what is a research crush, you might ask? I like how his mind works. He's a psychologist and stigma researcher, with lived experience to boot. He's one of the most prolific publishers in academic journals that I've ever come across. His… Continue reading The Problem with Language Policing

chain wrapped around ankles of person standing in sand
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Mentally Ill People In Chains – A Disturbing Reality

The man in the photo below has a chain around his ankle, and he's chained to the tree he's leaning against. That's his wife, and he has a mental illness. This photo, taken by photographer Robin Hammond, is in Ghana, but this doesn't just happen there. I'm feeling rather grateful about living in Canada right… Continue reading Mentally Ill People In Chains – A Disturbing Reality

Is it helpful to sanitize mental illness? - graphic of carnival mask
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Is It Helpful to Try to Sanitize Mental Illness?

Recently, I came across a post that was a myths vs. facts type deal on mental illness stigma. One of the myths identified was that people with mental illness are disabled. The blogger's response was that, on some days, mental illness could make it harder to work for some people, but there are also people… Continue reading Is It Helpful to Try to Sanitize Mental Illness?

Where is attempting suicide illegal? - graphic of hands holding cell bars
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Where Is Attempting Suicide Illegal?

I recently wrote about whether the wording "committed suicide" was likely to be an effective target for anti-stigma messaging. A commenter mentioned that in their home country, suicide was a crime up until quite recently. That got me curious, so I did some digging to find out where attempting suicide is illegal to this day.… Continue reading Where Is Attempting Suicide Illegal?

RCMP Cst. Lacy Browning with her foot on Mona Wang's head during a wellness check
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A Police Wellness Check/”Arrest” Gone Wrong

I've written before about defunding the police as a way to address the mismatch of the standard police approach and appropriate mental health crisis response. The picture below from a "wellness check" is a good illustration of just how significant that mismatch is. In June of this year, information became public about an incident that… Continue reading A Police Wellness Check/”Arrest” Gone Wrong

How Self-Stigma Happens
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How Self-Stigma Happens in Mental Illness

Public stigma, involving prejudice and discrimination from outsiders that's directed at us, is damaging enough as it is. But sometimes, that stigma gets internalized into self-stigma, an unpleasant gift that keeps on giving. How self-stigma develops Researchers Patrick Corrigan (my academic crush) and Amy Watson described three broad types of reactions by people who are… Continue reading How Self-Stigma Happens in Mental Illness

Some stats on mental illness disability and stigma
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Some Statistics on Mental Illness Disability and Stigma

While I know that people tend to be somewhat skeptical of statistics, I thought it would still be interesting to explore some of the stats that are out there related to mental illness. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) These figures come from CAMH in Toronto, Canada, on their Facts and statistics page. Mental… Continue reading Some Statistics on Mental Illness Disability and Stigma

Are "psycho killers" psychotic? - image from American Psycho movie
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Are “Psycho Killers” Psychotic?

They may not be politically correct, but terms like "psycho killers" and "psychotic killers" get tossed around rather freely. Sometimes people will assume that to do horrific things people must have a mental illness. But is that accurate? It's not, but that kind of misconception may originate from a few different mistaken assumptions. Psychosis One… Continue reading Are “Psycho Killers” Psychotic?

Rules for talking about mental illness: sometimes we're told what to say about our own illnesses
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“Rules” for Talking About Our Mental Illnesses

Just to get things started, I'll say that I'm "mentally ill", I "suffer from" depression, and I'm a little bit "crazy", although the degree varies over time. Now that we've got that out of the way, there are a lot of people who like to take a stand against terminology that is thought to stigmatize… Continue reading “Rules” for Talking About Our Mental Illnesses

The attention-seeking label and the stigma it represents - image of a child having a tantrum
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The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Stigma It Represents

The idea of labelling people as attention-seeking is not unique to mental illness, but it's certainly something that seems to come up an awful lot. The labellers might be friends and family, but unfortunately, they may also be health care providers. One of the labels that comes up regularly is "attention-seeking." Physical manifestations of mental… Continue reading The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Stigma It Represents