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MHH Mental Health

It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

I saw an article the other day on CBC News about the government of Arkansas putting the kibosh on gender-affirming treatment for anyone under the age of 18. This is a major problem for transgender people and justice in general, so let's talk about why. After Arkansas' governor vetoed a a bill that would make… Continue reading It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

Retraumatization and a police wellness check gone wrong
MHH Mental Health

A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

I've written before about a police wellness check gone wrong that resulted in an unconscious woman being dragged along the floor, in handcuffs and without a shirt on, by a police officer doing a so-called wellness check. In this latest story of a wellness check gone wrong, CBC News reports on an incident where police… Continue reading A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

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Stop the Stigma

Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

drawing of a ho Last year I wrote about a police wellness check gone wrong, in which a young woman was dragged half-naked in handcuffs through her building by a police officer, While the woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, a story about the matter in the Kelowna Daily Courier used the word… Continue reading Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice" – Bryan Stevenson
Society & Social Justice

Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

A recent post by Shira of ShiraDest about debt forgiveness got me thinking about some of the barriers that people living in poverty face when it comes to managing their finances. So, let's consider what it might look like to be living in poverty here in British Columbia, Canada, where I live. Provincial income assistance… Continue reading Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

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Society & Social Justice

Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Ceponatia of Dogmatic Panic wrote a while back about social media claims that a film was whitewashing. It reminded me of a conversation about on-screen representation of marginalized groups that I'd had with someone not long before that. The beginnings of this post languished in my drafts folder for quite a while, until I saw… Continue reading Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

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Society & Social Justice

Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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MHH Mental Health, Society & Social Justice

Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness

I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I won't try; however, after a conversation on the topic with Shira of ShiraDest, I wanted to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various implementations have been proposed, at its… Continue reading Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness

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Society & Social Justice

Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

Recently, I read a story in the local news that made me angry (not that that's unusual lately). A mother had gone to court to try to block her 17-year-old from getting a gender-affirming double mastectomy. A BC Supreme Court judge issued an injunction to stop the surgery that was scheduled to happen the next… Continue reading Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

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Society & Social Justice

What Influences Your Worldview?

head gazing at a p We all have a mix of many different factors that shape our worldview. I thought I'd tell you some of mine and hopefully you'll tell me some of yours. Growing up Education was highly valued in my family. My parents also believed in being very careful with money and not… Continue reading What Influences Your Worldview?

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Society & Social Justice

Kyle Rittenhouse as Christian Right Hero?

Two men get killed. Some members of the Christian right are calling the man who killed them a hero and a patriot sent by God. Something isn't adding up here. On August 25, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse grabbed his AR-15 style rifle and left his home in Antioch, IL, to head over to Kenosha, WI. He… Continue reading Kyle Rittenhouse as Christian Right Hero?