Britney Spears performing in 2016
Mental Health

The Strangeness of the Britney Spears Conservatorship

Britney Spears, Roundhouse, London (Apple Music Festival 2016)Drew de F Fawkes, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Britney Spears has been in the news recently after the New York Times released its documentary Framing Britney Spears. It's on Hulu and FX, which I don't have access to, so I haven't watched it. Still, I wanted… Continue reading The Strangeness of the Britney Spears Conservatorship

Arbitrary distinctions between physical and mental illness? That's stigma
Stigma

Stigma Enshrined in Law: An Open Letter to BC’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

An open letter to the Hon. Judy Darcy, British Columbia Minister of Mental Health and Addictions I'm writing to express my dismay that it appears that the Government of British Columbia does not intend to take advantage of the modernization of the Health Professions Act to remove section 32(3), which stigmatizes health professionals with a… Continue reading Stigma Enshrined in Law: An Open Letter to BC’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

RCMP Cst. Lacy Browning with her foot on Mona Wang's head during a wellness check
Stigma

A Police “Wellness Check”/”Arrest” Gone Wrong

A still from the surveillance video shows Const. Lacy Browning stepping on student Mona Wang's head after a wellness check by the RCMP on Jan. 20. (Submitted by Bridge Law Corporation) I've written before about defunding the police as a way to address the mismatch of\ police approach and mental health. The picture above from a… Continue reading A Police “Wellness Check”/”Arrest” Gone Wrong

Parliament building, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Stigma

The Health Professions Act and the Fight Against Stigma

As a nurse in my province (British Columbia, Canada), if I am hospitalized for mental illness then the provincial Health Professions Act requires the hospital to report me to the nursing regulatory college, and the college must treat this as a complaint about my fitness to practice.  This ends up with being offering the non-choice… Continue reading The Health Professions Act and the Fight Against Stigma

Arbitrary distinctions between physical and mental illness? That's stigma
Stigma

Legislated Stigma

johnhain on Pixabay Stigma can be found in many places, even places where we might like to think it shouldn't be.  One such place where I have found it is in government legislation, hence the title of this post, legislated stigma. Mandatory reporting of hospitalized nurses As a registered nurse, my professional license is through… Continue reading Legislated Stigma

No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers book cover
Book Reviews, Stigma

Book Review: No One Cares About Crazy People

No One Cares About Crazy People is Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers’ exploration of his two sons' journeys with schizophrenia, combined with a sweeping social history of mental health care and attitudes towards those with mental illness.  He skillfully interweaves these separate threads, drawing the reader along from the early… Continue reading Book Review: No One Cares About Crazy People