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
Race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to mental health, but unfortunately, it is. I'm not talking about genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses that can vary by ethnic group; rather, the issue is the impact of socially imposed ideas about race, and the lack of equality that results. To achieve social justice, more than… Continue reading Intersectionality and Where Race & Mental Health Collide
Last week, I heard in the news that the Vatican released a statement essentially saying that transgender identities simply doesn't exist. It seems unlikely to be a coincidence that this was done during Pride Month. Dismissing transgender identities brings to mind a similar question to what's raised by the abortion debate bubbling away in the… Continue reading Who Gets to Decide Others’ Gender Identities?
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 offering the non-choice… Continue reading The Health Professions Act and the Fight Against Stigma
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
I recently saw a tweet about the issue of cell phones on psych wards, and it stirred up a strong reaction for me. A man was writing about how he'd been advocating for his child to be able to have their cell phone on the psych ward, but this was flatly denied due to their… Continue reading Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?
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
A few days ago, my family doctor had sent me into hospital because of worsening shortness of breath. I wasn't overly surprised when I was met with stigma in the ER. It seemed like the ER doc took one look at my list of psych meds and wrote me off as "just a psych patient". … Continue reading Adventures in Mental Illness Stigma in the ER
I was inspired to write this post after reading the book The Stigma Effect: Unintended Consequences of Mental Health Campaigns. It's written by psychologist Patrick Corrigan, whose research on stigma I first encountered when I was working on my Master's thesis. In it, he challenges a lot of commonly held ideas about how we should… Continue reading How Can We Fight Mental Illness Stigma Most Effectively?
If you have a mental illness and have a paid job or volunteer gig, chances are that, at some point, you'll be faced with the question of whether to disclose your mental illness at work, and if so, how much to disclose. Yes, there may be laws in place to keep employers from discriminating against… Continue reading Disclosing Mental Illness at Work: The Good and Bad