The Wounded Healers: image of hearts passing between outstretched hands
Mental Health, Wounded Healers

Wounded Healer Interview: Karoline (Not Broken – My Life with PTSD)

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Karoline of Not broken – My life with PTSD. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Karoline (Not Broken – My Life with PTSD)

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Mental Health

This Was Me: My Mental Health Nursing Career

This is the final post in a mini-series that's looked back at my past.  This post is a bit different because I don't have any photos to capture my mental health nursing career.  I became a nurse in 2004.  It was my second health professional career; the first was as a pharmacist.  This is a… Continue reading This Was Me: My Mental Health Nursing Career

The Wounded Healers: image of hearts passing between outstretched hands
Mental Health, Wounded Healers

Wounded Healers: Caz (Mental Health 360º)

Caz of Mental Health 360º is the first person to be featured in the wounded healer interview series, featuring people with significant mental health challenges who also work in a mental health helping role with others. Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and the mental health challenges you’ve faced. I… Continue reading Wounded Healers: Caz (Mental Health 360º)

book cover: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys by Brooke O'Neill
Book Reviews

Book Review: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys

Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys by Brooke O'Neill is a compelling story of one woman's life with bipolar disorder. Like me, Brooke is a nurse.  When she returned to work after her period of acute illness, she was able to have positive conversations self-disclosing to some of her patients who had bipolar disorder in addition… Continue reading Book Review: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys

Shifting identities: learning to live with mental illness disability – graphic of carnival masks
Mental Health

Mental Illness Disability & Identity Shifts

Role identity is a concept in sociology that refers to the identities that we build around the various socially defined roles that we fulfill.  Identity shifts can occur over time based on various factors, including the importance those roles play in our lives overall. Student was a key role identity for me for many years. … Continue reading Mental Illness Disability & Identity Shifts

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Depression

A Work/Mental Illness Conundrum

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay To set this up, I'll give you a bit of background.  A) One of my jobs (although technically it's contract work rather than a job) is as an injection nurse.  I administer certain kinds of recurring injection medications to patients, and I teach patients how to self-inject various biologic medications.  B) I… Continue reading A Work/Mental Illness Conundrum

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