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Social issues & social justice

Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

Lembagai KITA / CC BY-SA Just because slavery is no longer legal doesn't mean it isn't happening. Human trafficking isn't an issue that gets a lot of public attention, but if you look, what you can find is scary. What human trafficking is There are thee fundamentals elements of human trafficking: Actions: This includes recruiting,… Continue reading Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

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Social issues & social justice

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

Mental health, Social issues & social justice

Defunding the Police: What It Could Mean for Mental Illness

Black Lives Matter has been leading the charge in calling for defunding the police. While that may initially sound like a very bad idea, taking money away from the police is only half of the picture. The money that would be spent on police is instead shifted to community programs and supports to handle the… Continue reading Defunding the Police: What It Could Mean for Mental Illness

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is intergenerational trauma. Trauma that occurs at an individual level is devastating enough, but when it occurs on a collective level, the effects of that trauma may not stop with the people who directly experienced the traumatic events.… Continue reading What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

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Social issues & social justice

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

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Social issues & social justice

Social Privilege and the Underprivileged

This came up in a recent post by Kacha of Food.for.thought – a therapist had pointed out the privilege that came with her being white and educated, as if that somehow made her less entitled to have a mental illness. So what does it mean to have privilege?  And can you have privilege but still… Continue reading Social Privilege and the Underprivileged

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Social issues & social justice

Voter ID Laws as a Form of Voter Suppression

Image by Hannah Edgman from Pixabay With all the craziness going on in the world, elections have been on a lot of people's minds lately. The other day I started watching Chelsea Handler's new documentary special on Netflix called Hello, Privilege.  It's Me, Chelsea.  One of the things it touched on was voter suppression through rules around voter… Continue reading Voter ID Laws as a Form of Voter Suppression

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Social issues & social justice

Where Race and Mental Health Collide

Image by John Hain from Pixabay Like so many other things in this world, race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to mental health, but it is.  I'm not talking about biological effects associated with race like genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses, but rather the impact of socially imposed ideas about race, and the lack of equality… Continue reading Where Race and Mental Health Collide

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Mental health, Social issues & social justice

We all deserve a roof over our heads

According to the Homeless Hub, 30-35% experiencing homelessness have a mental illness.  Among women, that figure jumps to 70%.  How does society allow this to happen to some of our most vulnerable people?  Housing is a basic fundamental need that all people should be able to access.  Why are people with mental illness disproportionately represented… Continue reading We all deserve a roof over our heads

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Social issues & social justice

Why Feminism Helps All of Us

Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay It's easy to think of feminism as something that's solely about boosting up the status of women.  I would argue, though, that feminism is something that can lift us all up. Gender stereotypes Feminist beliefs may be enacted in different ways, but at its core feminism recognizes how women have been disadvantaged… Continue reading Why Feminism Helps All of Us