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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

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Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health Provider Credentials

Sadly, there are plenty of incompetent mental health professionals and other helpers out there. A degree, a professional designation, and other mental health credentials are indicators of a certain level of knowledge and skill, but that doesn't stop someone from having a bad attitude, having their head too far up their ass to do anything… Continue reading Understanding Mental Health Provider Credentials

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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?

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Mental Health

Is Overgeneralizing Negative Experiences Helpful?

While browsing on NetGalley for books to read, I came across a book called The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction. Alrighty then. Here's part of the book description on Amazon: "When discovering that she is the exception of the rule concerning genuine PTSD experiencers' recovery… Continue reading Is Overgeneralizing Negative Experiences Helpful?

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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

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Mental Health

Some Surprising Mental Illness Statistics

While I know that people tend to be somewhat skeptical of statistics, I thought it would still be interesting to explore some of the stats that are out there related to mental illness. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) These figures come from CAMH in Toronto, Canada, on their Facts and statistics page. Mental… Continue reading Some Surprising Mental Illness Statistics

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Stigma

The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Stigma It Represents

The idea of labelling people as attention-seeking is not unique to mental illness, but it's certainly something that seems to come up an awful lot.  The labellers might be friends and family, but unfortunately, they may also be health care providers. One of the labels that comes up regularly is "attention-seeking." Physical manifestations of mental… Continue reading The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Stigma It Represents

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Mental Health

Therapist-Speak Pet Peeves

When any mental health professional is first getting started in their career, one of the things they need to do is find their therapeutic voice.  That therapeutic voice can vary a lot from one professional to another, and there's a tendency to settle into and get very comfortable with it.  Some people will use more… Continue reading Therapist-Speak Pet Peeves

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Social Justice

Where Race and Mental Health Collide

Image by John Hain from Pixabay 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… Continue reading Where Race and Mental Health Collide