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God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

The disturbing documentary God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, and her death after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. The film includes readings from Linda's journal, and commentary from people who knew her, including her sister and her daughter.  Their words powerfully captured the pain and frustration of a … Continue reading God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

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TED Talks on Mental Wellbeing

Here are some of my favourite TED Talks that relate to mental wellbeing. Susan David: The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage https://embed.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage  I recently reviewed Susan David's book Emotional Agility, and this talk covered similar subject matter.  She points out how problematic it is to avoid emotions that are considered negative or illegitimate.  She … Continue reading TED Talks on Mental Wellbeing

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So, what is the opioid epidemic?

I recently watched Heroin(e), a Netflix-produced documentary that follows three women (a fire chief, a drug court judge, and an outreach ministry worker) combatting the opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia, the "overdose capital of America". The outreach worker with the Brown Bag Ministry initially anticipated that she would be providing food and the words … Continue reading So, what is the opioid epidemic?

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TED Talks on Trauma

This week's TED Talk picks are focused on trauma and come from a diverse range of experiences. Nadine Burke Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime https://embed.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime  In this talk, Nadine Burke Harris passionately addresses the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study.  This study found a significant correlation between number of … Continue reading TED Talks on Trauma

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TED Talks on Mental Health Stigma

Lately I've been sharing some of the TED Talks that I've found particularly informative and inspiring.  In this post, I'm focusing on talks that challenge the stigma related to mental illness. There's more info on my Stop Stigma page.   Sangu Delle: There's No Shame In Taking Care of Your Mental Health https://embed.ted.com/talks/sangu_delle_there_s_no_shame_in_taking_care_of_your_mental_health Sangu Delle … Continue reading TED Talks on Mental Health Stigma

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TED Talks: Mental Health & Illness

Here are a few great TED Talks I've found on a variety of topics related to mental health and illness.   Eleanor Longden: The Voices in My Head https://embed.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head A psychiatrist once told Eleanor Longden that she would be better off having cancer than a psychotic illness, because it would be more curable.  Having the … Continue reading TED Talks: Mental Health & Illness

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Take Your Pills: Why is Netflix jumping aboard the stigma train?

Sigh.  This again?  I've written before about documentaries that portray psychiatric medications in a problematic way that tends to promote stigma (A Prescription For Murder and Stigma and the Pathologization of Normal).  Now Netflix has come out with Take Your Pills, which looks at the use of stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin for mental … Continue reading Take Your Pills: Why is Netflix jumping aboard the stigma train?

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Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms.  Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness, and one of the ways this can happen is by pathologizing normal experience.  By this I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make … Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

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