book cover: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: White Fragility

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, whose background is education and who is white herself, looks at racism and why she believes white people don't want to talk about it. I went into the book knowing that it was popular, but having my doubts about the effectiveness of the title at accomplishing the intended effect. White… Continue reading Book Review: White Fragility

Book cover: Blackness Interrupted by Nicól Osborne and Tamera Gittens
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters

Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters by Nicól Osborne and Tamera Gittens is a passionate call for greater recognition of Black psychology, which pertains specifically to the experiences and culture of African American people. The authors explain the multiple barriers that face African Americans contemplating higher education in fields like psychology. They explain the impact of… Continue reading Book Review: Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the euphemism treadmill. Psychologist and linguist Stephen Pinker coined the term euphemism treadmill in a 1994 article in the New York Times. It refers to a process by which words that are used as a euphemism for a… Continue reading What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

Social privileges and social burdens
Social Issues

Another Way of Looking at Social Privilege

Lately white privilege has been a hot topic. The people I've come across who take a stance against the idea of white privilege seem to have in common the line of thinking that they haven't been handed anything, so how can they have social privilege? I thought it might be worth reframing social privilege in… Continue reading Another Way of Looking at Social Privilege

Black lives matter. So do Black voices.
Social Issues

Why I Use My Voice to Say Black Lives Matter

Through our shared humanity, all lives matter. So why is it important to talk about Black lives mattering? All lives should matter equally. That is the ideal, and probably most of us would agree that it's the "right" thing. Unfortunately, though, in practice, not all lives are given equal value. An obvious example would be… Continue reading Why I Use My Voice to Say Black Lives Matter

book cover: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

To be clear right from the start, as a white chick, I'm not the intended audience of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker.  It's not that it's not relevant, but the author is clear that I'm not who she's trying to speak to. This books is written by a Black woman… Continue reading Book Review: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

Nevertheless, she persisted - watercolour drawing of a woman
Social Issues

Nevertheless, She Persisted

In 2017, during Jeff Session's confirmation hearing to be attorney general, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns about Sessions' civil rights record. After quoting a statement made by former Senator Ted Kennedy in 1986, that Sessions was a disgrace to the Justice Department, Senator Warren proceeded to read a letter from Coretta Scott King that was written… Continue reading Nevertheless, She Persisted

Justin Trudeau in Aladdin costume with brownface
Social Issues

Halloween, Blackface, and Cultural Appropriation

Time.com Not long ago, a photo was forwarded to Time.com from a 2001 yearbook of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who was a teacher at the time, dressed in an Aladdin costume that included brownface/blackface makeup.  It caused quite a stir, with some people criticizing him as being racist. Since it's Halloween, it seems like… Continue reading Halloween, Blackface, and Cultural Appropriation

Intersectionality and what it means for mental health - diagram of circles intersecting
MH@H Mental Health, Social Issues

Intersectionality and What it Means for Mental Health

Black feminist researcher Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw first proposed the concept of intersectionality in 1989 by to represent the many different layers of social stratification that can combine to disadvantage people. This includes factors like race, sexual orientation, social class, age, disability, and gender. Expanding on this concept, sociologist Patricia Hill Collins described the intersectional points as the… Continue reading Intersectionality and What it Means for Mental Health

Where race and mental health collide – intersectionality matters
Social Issues

Intersectionality and Where Race & Mental Health Collide

Race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to mental health, but unfortunately, it is. I'm not talking about genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses that can vary by ethnic group; rather, the issue is the impact of socially imposed ideas about race, and the lack of equality that results. To achieve social justice, more than… Continue reading Intersectionality and Where Race & Mental Health Collide