Cannabis. It's a plant that's well known for getting people high, but it's also become increasingly accepted for medicinal purposes, particularly for pain and nausea. But what do we know about the interaction between cannabis and mental illness? There's been a clearly established link between cannabis use and triggering the onset of psychotic illness in … Continue reading What Does the Research Say on Cannabis and Mental Illness?
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by TheInBetweenQueen. As … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: The In Between Queen
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: I had a rather unpleasant exchange with another blogger. They had emailed me asking for some blogging tips, and it was actually someone who I'd just unfollowed a couple days prior to that after they'd expressed some views about a connection between mental illness and … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
Google stalking others is a bad habit that I need to really make an effort to put the kibosh on every so often. And just a side note, using the term "stalking" lightly in this way is not in any way intended to diminish the harm of actual stalking. I'm not actually talking about real … Continue reading Do You Ever Google Stalk Yourself?
Join the MH Conversation is a new series starting next week on Mental Health @ Home. It will give people who don't write about mental illness on their own blogs the opportunity to do a guest post sharing their personal experiences with mental illness. The idea is to give people a safe space to tell … Continue reading New series: Join the MH Conversation
It's week 11 of the Working on Us mental health prompt series from Beckie of Beckie's Mental Mess. Please see Beckie's post for details on how to participate. This week's focus is on emotional support/therapy animals. Prompt #1 Questions: Do you own a pet for emotional support and/or service/therapy? I don't think I'd say I … Continue reading Working On Us – Week 11
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person is written by journalist Anna Mehler Paperny, and is both a story of her own personal experiences of suicidality and an in-depth journalistic exploration of depression and suicide. The author has done her research well. The book contains information gleaned from interviews with … Continue reading Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
People often talk about feeling stressed out. The combination of multiple work, family, and other commitments can start to feel like they're crushing us. So what exactly is stress? It occurs when strain is placed on the body in a way that disrupts its normal balance and functioning. The source of this stress can be … Continue reading How Stress Affects the Body & Mind
Employers aren't supposed to discriminate against people with mental illness. In fact, it's often against the law. Yet it happens, so what do we do about it when it does? In Canada, provincial human rights legislation requires equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups. People with mental and physical disabilities … Continue reading Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Christopher G. … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Christopher
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: My first book ended its ebook exclusivity period with Amazon, so I listed it on several other bookselling sites. It should have been a pretty easy process, but it didn't quite turn out that way. Apple Books gave it a wonky title; I thought I'd … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
Mental illness makes it very easy to focus our attention on what we can't do rather than what we can do. I also tend to disqualify (at least in relative terms) what I can do and place greater importance on what I can't. Many of my cans revolve around blogging and writing. Blogging and other … Continue reading What I can and can’t do
Do you blog primarily about mental health? Are you looking to connect with more of the mental health blogging community? If so, would you like to be featured in my emerging blogger series? The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity … Continue reading Are you the next emerging blogger?
It's week 10 of the working on us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for details on how to participate. This week's topic is social media. Prompt #1 Questions: Does social media affect your overall mental health? If so, please describe how it does affect you? I don't think … Continue reading Working On Us – Week 10
Agency is a sociological construct that refers to the capacity to freely make decisions and then independently enact those decisions. Agency can be limited by our own individual beliefs, and it can also be limited by social structures that impose rules and constraints. Structural constraints imposed on people living with mental illness can come from … Continue reading Finding Agency in Mental Illness