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Can the social and biological aspects of mental illness be separated?

While there is debate over the roles of biological susceptibility and psychosocial factors in triggering the onset of mental illness, it's also worth giving some thought to how the illness experience is shaped by social factors vs. biologically-based symptoms. Once we are ill, we experience symptoms that are influenced by neurophysiological processes, regardless of whether … Continue reading Can the social and biological aspects of mental illness be separated?

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How picky should we be about suicide-related language?

Language matters when it comes to talking about suicide, particularly when in it's mentioned in the media.  Sometimes, though, I wonder if getting too nitpicky about language is counterproductive.  After all, as stigma researcher Patrick Corrigan says, stigma gets attached to labels but is not a product of those labels. On Twitter I recently came … Continue reading How picky should we be about suicide-related language?

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#BellLetsTalk – What if the elephant in the room could speak?

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day, an anti-stigma mental health awareness campaign sponsored by the Canadian telecom company Bell.  Similar to the UK organization Time to Change's Time To Talk Day coming up on February 7, the goal is to get people talking about mental health and mental illness. A couple of weeks ago I … Continue reading #BellLetsTalk – What if the elephant in the room could speak?