What have toilets got to do with climate change? World Toilet Day 2020
Social Issues

It’s World Toilet Day – Yes, That’s a Real Thing

I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one.  UN-Water's World Toilet Day is observed every November 19, and is an initiative of the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation. World Toilet Day 2019 The theme for 2019 is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – Yes, That’s a Real Thing

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Social Issues

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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Social Issues

What Influences Your Worldview?

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 spending money you didn't have… Continue reading What Influences Your Worldview?

Kyle Rittenhouse as a new Christian right hero - images of a cross and an assault rifle
Social Issues

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?

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Social Issues

Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

UN Women 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, transporting, or harbouring… Continue reading Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

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

Defunding the police: What it could mean for mental illness - graphic of a psi symbol over a police badge
MH@H Mental Health, Social Issues

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

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

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

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

Social privileges and social burdens
Social Issues

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