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The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Attitude it Reflects

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. I work as a nurse at a mental health and addictions facility.  One of … Continue reading The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Attitude it Reflects

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How Trauma-Informed Practice can Improve Mental Health Care

So, what is it to be trauma-informed?  Trauma-informed practice recognizes the intersectionality of trauma, mental health, and substance abuse, and involves an awareness that anyone may have experienced trauma, whether they have disclosed it or not.  Trauma-informed practice aims to create environments that prevent re-traumatization and promote a sense of safety.  The individual client's safety, … Continue reading How Trauma-Informed Practice can Improve Mental Health Care

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Are the helpers actually hurting?

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) face a lot of challenges.  Unhelpful treatment providers shouldn't be one of them, but I suspect this is the case more often than it should be. One of my jobs is at a mental health and addictions transitional program.  While some of the staff are licensed mental health professionals, … Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder: Are the helpers actually hurting?

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