An identity milestone: the end of my career as a nurse - cartoon graphic of a nurse
Identity & Self

An Depression & Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

I mentioned in a recent weekend wrap-up that this was coming, and now it's here. As of today, I’m officially no longer a nurse, which is a pretty massive identity milestone for me. This isn't an abrupt transition by any means. I've known this was coming for a while now, and I’ve already been through… Continue reading An Depression & Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

Universal basic income: Taking poverty out of the picture
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, I did want to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various implementations have been proposed, at its core, universal basic income (UBI) has several basic characteristics.… Continue reading Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness

Adventures applying for disability benefits due to mental illness
Mental Health & Illness

Adventures Applying for Disability

The last time I worked a shift as a nurse was in November 2019. Since then, I've been unable to work because of my depression, and specifically because of psychomotor retardation. I didn't want to apply for disability until it got to the point that I was quite sure I wasn't going to be able… Continue reading Adventures Applying for Disability

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

What Is… Occupational Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is burnout. Definition Burnout was first described in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. It's now included in the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon that can influence health, although it's not… Continue reading What Is… Occupational Burnout

workplace mental heatlh statistics
Social Justice

Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination

Canadian Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health Employers aren't supposed to discriminate against people with mental illness. In fact, it's often against the law. Yet employment discrimination happens and is a form of structural stigma, so what do we do about it when it does? Canadian human rights legislation In Canada, provincial human rights… Continue reading Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination

Mental illness and work vs. disability
Mental Health & Illness

Mental Illness and Work vs. Disability

"So, what do you do for work?"  That's a pretty standard, run-of-the-mill question if you're meeting someone for the first time. It's also one of the reasons why I dislike being around people.  In our society, adults are expected to work; if you don't, that's considered unusual unless you fall into a certain pre-determined category,… Continue reading Mental Illness and Work vs. Disability

Disclosing Mental Illness at Work: the good, the bad, and the ugly - Person walking a tightrope
Stop the Stigma

Disclosing Mental Illness at Work: The Good and Bad

If you have a mental illness and have a paid job or volunteer gig, chances are that, at some point, you'll be faced with the question of whether to disclose your mental illness at work, and if so, how much to disclose. Yes, there may be laws in place to keep employers from discriminating against… Continue reading Disclosing Mental Illness at Work: The Good and Bad

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Mental Health & Illness

The Challenges of Job Interviews When You Have a Mental Illness

Job interviews are unpleasant at the best of times, and to me have always felt very fake. But throw mental illness into the mix, and they can be a huge obstacle. There are a number of aspects of job interviews that particularly worry me. Answering unexpected questions My cognitive symptoms of depression aren't as bad… Continue reading The Challenges of Job Interviews When You Have a Mental Illness