Political advocacy to challenge mental illness stigma
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Political Advocacy to Challenge Mental Illness Stigma

A lot of us in the mental health blogging world are already engaged in advocacy in terms of raising awareness, providing information, and supporting others living with mental illness. There's another kind of advocacy, though, that many of us (including myself) don't typically engage in, which is political advocacy. Quorum.us says "Political advocacy is an… Continue reading Political Advocacy to Challenge Mental Illness Stigma

A Brief History of Stigma: I am mentally ill and I am also... - circle of puzzle pieces
Identity & Self, Stop the Stigma

I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

I am mentally ill, and I am also a lot of different things. But do people see all of those things, or mostly just the illness? We all have many different identities associated with all the social roles that we play; not identities as in personalities, but bundles of knowledge, expectations, patterns of behaviour that… Continue reading I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

How effective are awareness campaigns? - graphic of a megaphone
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How Effective Are Mental Health Awareness Campaigns?

We're surrounded by awareness campaigns, particularly health awareness campaigns. In the US, the number of designated national health awareness days had reached 200 by 2015 (Purtle & Roman, 2015). In 2017, the Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article titled Stop Raising Awareness Already. Pointing to the great many awareness month designations all for a… Continue reading How Effective Are Mental Health Awareness Campaigns?

Recovery-oriented practice and mental illness stigma
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Recovery-Oriented Practice and Mental Illness Stigma

Unfortunately, mental health professionals are a major source of stigma towards people with mental illness. Recovery-oriented practice is one possibility for transforming mental health care into a less stigmatizing place, so let's talk about what that might look like. What recovery is Personal recovery, also known as psychosocial recovery, is a different can of tuna… Continue reading Recovery-Oriented Practice and Mental Illness Stigma

Is it useful to talk around mental illness?
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Is It Helpful to Talk Around Mental Illness?

Mental illness can involve feeling really crappy and having a lot of difficulty functioning. That's not the experience of everyone with mental illness all of the time, but it's there in the mix somewhere. Yet sometimes it seems like people want to avoid the ugly bits, and talk around mental illness rather than talking about… Continue reading Is It Helpful to Talk Around Mental Illness?

A Brief History of Stigma by Ashley L. Peterson
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Now Available: A Brief History of Stigma

My new book, A Brief History of Stigma, is now available! It looks at the past and present of mental illness stigma, as well as how to move towards a future without stigma. It's available from: Amazon (ebook, paperback, hardcover)Google Play (ebook) What it covers Introduction Part I: The Nature of the Beast1) What Is… Continue reading Now Available: A Brief History of Stigma