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

social media icons surrounding the word help
Mental health, Suicide

What goes too far on social media?

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 all of which… Continue reading What goes too far on social media?

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Mental health

How to Help People in Mental Health Crisis?

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 How to Help People in Mental Health Crisis?