"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice" – Bryan Stevenson
Society & Social Justice

Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

A recent post by Shira of ShiraDest about debt forgiveness got me thinking about some of the barriers that people living in poverty face when it comes to managing their finances. So, let's consider what it might look like to be living in poverty here in British Columbia, Canada, where I live. Provincial income assistance… Continue reading Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

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Mental Health, Society & Social Justice

Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness

I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I won't try; however, after a conversation on the topic with Shira of ShiraDest, I wanted to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various implementations have been proposed, at its… Continue reading Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness

Adventures applying for CPP disability for mental illness
Disability, Work & Workplace Bullying

Adventures Applying for Disability

The last time I worked a shift as a nurse was in November 2019. Since then, I've been unable to work because of my depression, and specifically because of psychomotor retardation. I didn't want to apply for disability until it got to the point that I was quite sure I wasn't going to be able… Continue reading Adventures Applying for Disability

We all deserve a roof over our head - that includes people with mental illness
Society & Social Justice

Homelessness & Mental Illness: We All Deserve a Roof Over Our Heads

Far too many people with mental illness will experience homelessness at some point. Why is that, and why on earth is it acceptable? Risk factors for homelessness According to the Homeless Hub, 30-35% experiencing homelessness have a mental illness.  Among women, that figure jumps to 70%.  How does society allow this to happen to some… Continue reading Homelessness & Mental Illness: We All Deserve a Roof Over Our Heads

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Mental Health

Can Money Facilitate Happiness?

nattanan23 on Pixabay We've all heard that money can't buy happiness.  But is there some sort of relationship between money and happiness?  And if so, what does that look like, and can money facilitate happiness? Meeting basic needs Clearly, it takes money to meet our most basic needs like food and shelter.  When those basic… Continue reading Can Money Facilitate Happiness?

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Disability, Work & Workplace Bullying

How to Manage Working with a Mental Illness Disability

"So, what do you do for work?"  That's a pretty standard, run of the mill question if you're meeting someone for the first time. It's also one of the reasons why I dislike being around people.  In our society, adults are expected to work; if you don't, that's considered unusual unless you fall into a… Continue reading How to Manage Working with a Mental Illness Disability