Has COVID-19 impacted your access to health care? - icons representing different health specialities
MH@H Mental Health

Has COVID Impacted Your Access to (Mental) Health Care?

It's been more than a year, and COVID is still going strong. It's made a lot of people sick and it's killed a lot of people. The lockdowns and social distancing have given most people cabin fever, and the ongoing stress has been bad for everyone's mental health. But what about those of us who… Continue reading Has COVID Impacted Your Access to (Mental) Health Care?

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MH@H Mental Health

It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

I saw an article the other day on CBC News about the government of Arkansas putting the kibosh on gender-affirming treatment for anyone under the age of 18. This is a major problem for transgender people and justice in general, so let's talk about why. After Arkansas' governor vetoed a a bill that would make… Continue reading It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

Stop the 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
Stop the 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

How does your health care system work? - icons of different medical specialties
MH@H 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?

The science corner: Is chiropractic what you think it is?
Science Corner

Is Chiropractic What You Think It Is?

Spine Logo vector created by roserodionova - http://www.freepik.com Let's say your back hurts.  You go to a chiropractor, over a few visits they crack a few joints, and that's all she wrote, right?  That's certainly what I used to think about chiropractic.  The thing is, though, there's some modern back cracking practice built on some… Continue reading Is Chiropractic What You Think It Is?

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Society & Social Justice

Why Social Determinants of Health Matter

Health.gov Social determinants of health represent those factors which, whether we have control over them or not, can significantly influence both physical and mental health outcomes.  Differences produced by social injustice can (and does) produce systemic health inequities between rich and poor, with a "social gradient" in between. The social determinants of health The Government… Continue reading Why Social Determinants of Health Matter

Where race and mental health collide – intersectionality matters
Society & Social Justice

Where Race and Mental Health Collide

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 Where Race and Mental Health Collide

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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?

I have a pre-existing condition – will that mean I'm SOL for health insurance?
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