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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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