Parliament building, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Stigma

The Health Professions Act and the Fight Against Stigma

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

Cell phones on psych wards: yeah or nay? - graphic of smartphone and apps
Mental Health

Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?

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 documentary
Social Justice, Stigma

Alien Boy: The Police Killing of a Man with Schizophrenia

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

International Women's Day: I will maintain a gender parity mindset
Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

International Women’s Day: Balance for Better

Today is International Women's Day, and the theme for this year's theme is #BalanceforBetter. To me, feminism is about tearing down the gender norms and stereotypes that divide us and marginalize people who don't fit into certain boxes.  This is not about sameness, because we are all unique, although as human beings there is more… Continue reading International Women’s Day: Balance for Better

How to fight stigma - stop stigma logo from Mental Health @ Home
Book Reviews, Stigma

How Can We Fight Stigma Most Effectively?

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 Stigma Most Effectively?

Arbitrary distinctions between physical and mental illness? That's stigma
Stigma, Work & Occupation

Legislated Stigma

johnhain on Pixabay Stigma can be found in many places, even places where we might like to think it shouldn't be.  One such place where I have found it is in government legislation, hence the title of this post, legislated stigma. Mandatory reporting of hospitalized nurses As a registered nurse, my professional license is through… Continue reading Legislated Stigma