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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

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 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

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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?

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Victim Blaming

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is victim blaming. I got thinking about this while reading a recent post on domestic violence on Mental Health 360º.  Victim blaming commonly occurs in connection with domestic assault, but also in a variety of other contexts, including… Continue reading What Is… Victim Blaming

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.

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Social Justice

The Survival Sex Trade

We're all familiar, at least to some extent, with the sex trade.  If nothing else, you may have seen the movie Pretty Woman. The level of desperation in the survival sex trade, though, is galaxies away from what you see in Pretty Woman. The vulnerable I used to work at a community mental health team… Continue reading The Survival Sex Trade

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Stigma

Are “Psycho Killers” Psychotic?

They may not be politically correct, but the terms psycho killers and psychotic killers get tossed around rather freely.  Sometimes people will assume that to do horrific things people must be psychotic.  But is that accurate? The notion that behaviours that make no sense must come from psychosis may originate from a few different mistaken… Continue reading Are “Psycho Killers” Psychotic?

Out of Mind, Out of Sight documentary film
Mental Health

Out of Mind, Out of Sight: A Forensic Psychiatry Close-Up

I first heard of the documentary Out of Mind, Out of Sight when I saw it recommended on the Bipolar, Uninvited blog.  It sounded interesting, so I wanted to check it out. NCRMD It's shot at an inpatient unit in a forensic psychiatry facility in Brockville, Canada.  All of the patients had committed a criminal… Continue reading Out of Mind, Out of Sight: A Forensic Psychiatry Close-Up