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
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
Like so many other things in this world, race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to mental health, but it is. I'm not talking about biological effects associated with race like genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses, but rather the impact of socially imposed ideas about race, and the lack of equality that results. To … Continue reading Where race and mental health collide
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 ward policy. As a … Continue reading Cell phones on psych wards – yea or nay?
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: 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 survivor movement. … Continue reading What is… Recovery?
Check out this post I've written on Psyche about the challenges accessing mental health services as a mental health professional myself. It's been chosen as a staff pick by Vocal Media, which I'm über-excited about. https://psyche.media/barriers-to-mental-health-care-for-mental-health-professionals
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
In the Profiles in Tremendousness series, I borrow an idea from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah to celebrate the best of the worst in mental health care. In this edition, I'll take a look at some of the weird shit that's gone on in places where I've worked, proving yet again that common sense … Continue reading Profiles in tremendousness: The uncommon sense edition
Not long ago I posted Profiles in Tremendousness round 1, which borrowed an idea from the Daily Show to identify some of the non-rockstars I've encountered in my own experiences of mental health care. In round 2, I'm going to touch on some of the anti-superstars I've encountered in my work as a mental health … Continue reading Profiles in tremendousness 2: The coworker edition
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?
I first heard of this amazing book in a post by A Journey With You, and immediately after finishing the post I put a hold on the book at my local library, eager to get started on it. No One Cares About Crazy People is Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers’ … Continue reading Book review: No One Cares About Crazy People