NIMBYism is a fascinating phenomenon. NIMBYs, who think that something is okay as long as it's Not In My BackYard, cover discrimination with a thin veneer of civility and acceptability. Among the many manifestations of this is with regards to social housing, including supported housing for people with mental illness. The NIMBY arguments NIMBYs' arguments… Continue reading NIMBYism and Resistance to Mental Health Housing
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 offered the non-choice… Continue reading The Health Professions Act and the Fight Against Stigma
There are some good things about social media, but it also provides an opportunity for ignorance 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 one… Continue reading Should You Challenge Ignorance & Stigma on Social Media?
People tend to fear the unknown. Psychosis is arguably the group of symptoms that the average person finds the most frightening when it comes to mental health problems. There is stigma associated with many/most/all mental health conditions, but psychosis kicks it up a notch. What psychosis is As a quick explanation, psychosis refers to a… Continue reading Why Psychosis Scares People
Written Off: Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential by Philip T. Yanos wasn't available from the local public library, so I got a copy from my alma mater university library. That difference in availability gives some indication of the nature of the book. I didn't think it was overly textbookish, but at… Continue reading Book Review: Written Off
Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse is a documentary, available on Amazon Prime, about a man with schizophrenia who was killed by police in Portland, Oregon. This film was funded by The Mental Health Association of Portland and over 1500 individual supporters, which I thought was pretty impressive. It's an extremely disturbing example… Continue reading Alien Boy: The Police Killing of a Man with Schizophrenia
I recently watched the documentary Letters From Generation Rx, which looked at instances of people experiencing significant side effects while on psychiatric medication, including people who took the lives of either themselves or others while on psychiatric meds. One man featured in the film was a Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) whose teenage daughter had… Continue reading Letters from Generation Rx—Weighing Medication Risks & Benefits
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 of #BellLetsTalk is to get people talking about mental health and mental illness. Recently, I wrote… Continue reading #BellLetsTalk and the Stigma Elephant in the Room
In my local health care system in Canada, the term behavioural health isn't used, but I've seen it used a fair bit in the context of other mental health systems. As far as I can tell, it's mostly an American term. Since it's relatively new to me, I tend to consider it from a more… Continue reading “Behavioural Health”: A Reflection of Structural Stigma?
I was inspired to write this post after reading the book The Stigma Effect (affiliate link) by psychologist Patrick Corrigan. The book looks at what research has to say about what works and what doesn't to fight stigma. Corrigan is a prolific stigma researcher, and I first encountered his work when I was doing my… Continue reading The Stigma Effect: How to Mental Illness Stigma Effectively