Retraumatization and a police wellness check gone wrong
Mental Health

A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

I've written before about a police wellness check gone wrong that resulted in an unconscious woman being dragged along the floor, in handcuffs and without a shirt on, by a police officer doing a so-called wellness check. In this latest story of a wellness check gone wrong, CBC News reports on an incident where police… Continue reading A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

RCMP Cst. Lacy Browning with her foot on Mona Wang's head during a wellness check
Stigma

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

Dialogue bubble that says "the police need to be protected from the mentally ill people" – There's a name for that – it's stigma
Mental Health, Stigma

There’s a Name For That — It’s Stigma

I'm pretty active on Pinterest, and sometimes I'll create new pins related to older blog posts. Recently, I created a pin asking whether people in mental health crisis should be handcuffed, and linked to a post I'd done on that topic and the stigma inherent in it. Once in a blue moon I'll get a… Continue reading There’s a Name For That — It’s Stigma

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.

This post is by HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger. Stigma I have often felt that the stigma associated with bipolar illness is as big if not bigger (twice as big) than dealing with the illness itself.  Every time there is a school shooting or a gun incident or a drug cartel development that involves an unstable person with… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.

social media icons surrounding the word help
Mental Health, Suicide

When Does Crisis Go Too Far on Social Media?

geralt on Pixabay Is there a limit to what's ok to post on social media?  I'm not thinking about trolling and other such nastiness, but rather about widely broadcasting messages about being suicidal. I'm not a huge social media user, but I do spend some time on Twitter.  I follow around 2500 accounts, pretty much… Continue reading When Does Crisis Go Too Far on Social Media?

96% of people think suicide is preventable
Suicide

Will Suicide Ever Be 100% Preventable?

Have you seen some of the claims out there that suicide is 100% preventable?  There are a variety of organizations that promote a zero suicide goal.  One example is the Zero Suicide Alliance, which is based in the UK and offers free suicide prevention training.  There's a Suicide Is Preventable website, which belongs to Know The Signs,… Continue reading Will Suicide Ever Be 100% Preventable?

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Mental Health

Police–Healthcare Partnerships in Mental Health Crisis Response

Recently, I did a post about a local police force that routinely handcuffs people being apprehended to hospital under the Mental Health Act. That got me thinking about what it should look like to help people in mental health crisis. Police-mental health partnership The police force in the city where I live (not work) has a… Continue reading Police–Healthcare Partnerships in Mental Health Crisis Response

Straight Talk on Suicide from Mental Health @ Home - graphic of a phoenix in flames
Suicide

Barriers to Help-Seeking for Suicidal Ideation

There's lots of information out there about crisis resources for people thinking about suicide, but resources accomplish very little if we don't reach out to access them.  There are many potential barriers to help-seeking, and I wanted to talk about a few of them here, based on my own experience with major depressive disorder and… Continue reading Barriers to Help-Seeking for Suicidal Ideation