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Stigma

Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

As an official Crazy Person, I'm all for laughing at ourselves. It makes the hard stuff a little bit easier. But when other people use stigma as an excuse to laugh at us, that makes this Crazy Person very unimpressed, because stigma isn't funny. Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC, seems to do a pretty good… Continue reading Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

Just a psych patient? Mental illness stigma in the ER
Stigma

Just a Psych Patient? – Stigma in the ER

I saw this CBC story recently about a man who was written off because he was just a psych patient. I wanted to write about it, then promptly forgot about it until suninthespring brought it to my attention. In April 2018, David Pontone went to the emergency department at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada.… Continue reading Just a Psych Patient? – Stigma in the ER

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Mental Health

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?

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Mental Health, Society & 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

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Society & Social Justice

Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

Is access to healthcare a right that should be shared by all people regardless of socioeconomic status?  Or is it a privilege that belongs to those who can afford to pay? Growing up in Canada, all I ever knew was a public healthcare system.  There is no charge to see a doctor or to be… Continue reading Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

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Society & Social Justice

I Have a Pre-Existing Condition

As a Canadian, the fact that I have a pre-existing health condition doesn't affect my ability to access basic healthcare. Our health care system certainly isn't perfect, but our publicly funded system costs a heck of a lot less than the privatized system in the United States.  Unfortunately, things look like they could get a… Continue reading I Have a Pre-Existing Condition

Just a psych patient? Mental illness stigma in the ER
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

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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