Defunding the police: what it could mean for mental illness – graphic of handcuffs
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

Book reviews, Managing the Depression Puzzle

Book Review: Managing the Depression Puzzle – Where Good Advice Happens

Guess what I finished reading recently? Managing the Depression Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together by Ashley L. Peterson!! What a great book! You can find it here. It’s all about different aspects of depression, different causes, different manifestations, different treatments based on those factors, and different illnesses or conditions that can include depression (such as… Continue reading Book Review: Managing the Depression Puzzle – Where Good Advice Happens

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Mental health

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

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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

Cell phones on psych wards: yeah or nay? - graphic of smartphone and apps
Mental health

Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?

I saw a post about this issue on Twitter recently, and it stirred up a pretty strong reaction for me.  A man was writing about how he'd been advocating for his child to be able to have their cell phone on the psych ward, but this was flatly denied due to their no cell phones… Continue reading Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?

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Mental health, What is... psychology series

What Is… Recovery?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is recovery. The word recovery can have various connotations depending on the context.  It began to gain popularity in the context of mental health in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was used by the ex-patient/psychiatric… Continue reading What Is… Recovery?

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Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

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, with an awareness that anyone may have experienced trauma, whether they've 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, choice, and… Continue reading How Trauma-Informed Practice can Improve Mental Health Care