How does your local health system work? Icons representing different aspects of health care
Health & Health Care

How Does Your Local Health Care System Work?

i was talking recently with Luftmentsch of Vision of the Night about the health care systems in. the UK and Canada, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what a patient scenario might look like in particular health care system. Health care systems overview First, let's take a quick look… Continue reading How Does Your Local Health Care System Work?

Defunding the police: what it could mean for mental illness – graphic of handcuffs
Mental Health, Social Justice

Defunding the Police: What It Could Mean for Mental Illness

Black Lives Matter has been leading the charge in calling for defunding the police. While that may initially sound like a very bad idea, taking money away from the police is only half of the picture. The money that would be spent on police is instead shifted to community programs and supports to handle the… Continue reading Defunding the Police: What It Could Mean for Mental Illness

Stop Mental Illness Stigma
Health & Health Care, Stigma

Adventures in Mental Illness Stigma in the ER

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

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Mental Health

Why Funding Community Mental Health Care Matters

When it comes to mental health care, or health care in general for that matter, a simple fact is that the sicker people get, the more it costs to treat them.  Sicker people need more acute services, and they need to continue accessing those services for longer amounts of time.  Acute care services are extremely… Continue reading Why Funding Community Mental Health Care Matters