The mental illness cutlery drawer: graphic of spoons, forks, knives, and more
Mental Health

The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks, Knives, and More

You may have heard of spoon theory, a popular metaphor for dealing with chronic illness and energy-depleting activities. You're probably less likely to have heard of a variant called fork theory, and you probably haven't heard of knife theory. In this post, we're going to do a deep-dive into the mental illness cutlery drawer, and… Continue reading The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks, Knives, and More

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Mental Health, Social Justice

The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness

I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I'm not going to try, but after a conversation on the topic with Shira of ShiraDest, I thought it would be interesting to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various… Continue reading The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness

Stigma

The Ship of Fools and Other Odd Mental Illness Ideas

A little while ago, I posted Attitudes About Mental Illness That Make You Go Hmm… based on an article by Heather Stuart, an epidemiologist at Queen's University. She currently holds a Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. She's also got some odd ideas about mental illness. Anyway, while researching for my next book,… Continue reading The Ship of Fools and Other Odd Mental Illness Ideas

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: La Protagoniste

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 La Protagoniste.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: La Protagoniste

the problem(s) with involuntary psychiatric treatment
Mental Health

The Problem with Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment

Mental illness is fairly unique in that laws allow for treatment to be imposed involuntarily. I'm not against involuntary psychiatric treatment entirely, and it can play an important role, but there are some things that can and should be done better. When involuntary treatment is necessary Working as a nurse in community mental health, there… Continue reading The Problem with Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

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 Kellie of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

Sometimes "okay" means "not okay"
Mental Health

When “Okay” Is Not Okay

I suspect that many of us living with mental illness, or other chronic illness, for that matter, have a standard set of responses that we sometimes draw on when answering questions about how we are and what we do. "Not okay" just isn't something most people want to hear. For me, these standard responses may… Continue reading When “Okay” Is Not Okay

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Heidi (Here Are My Brains)

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 Heidi of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Heidi (Here Are My Brains)

Stigma

Stigma Is Bad… Except for one Diagnosis?

Mental illness stigma is a very real problem. Those of us living with mental illness usually aren't thrilled when people casually toss around mental illness diagnoses as adjectives, such as "she's so bipolar" or "he's so OCD" or "everyone's a little ADHD." (And you may have noticed this post make a brief appearance yesterday and… Continue reading Stigma Is Bad… Except for one Diagnosis?

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Stigma

Willful Ignorance and Mental Illness Stigma

Recently, I was looking on Debate.org for some Holocaust denier-related willful ignorance, and I figured why not see what the crazies of the non-psychiatric variety had to say about us crazies of the mentally ill variety. Debate.org seems to attract a lot of willfully ignorant blowhards, so this certainly isn't reflective of broader public opinion.… Continue reading Willful Ignorance and Mental Illness Stigma