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)

chain of stones in the shape of a heart
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

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

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 a variety of factors, including the importance those roles play in our lives overall. Student was a key role identity for me for… Continue reading Mental Illness Disability & Identity Shifts

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Work & Occupation

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, Work & Occupation

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