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Mental Health, Social Justice

The Benefits of Universal Basic Income 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, after a conversation on the topic with Shira of ShiraDest, I wanted to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various implementations have been proposed, at its… Continue reading The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness

Adventures applying for CPP disability for mental illness
Mental Health

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

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Stigma

Attitudes About Mental Illness That Make You Go Hmm…

While doing some research for my upcoming book on stigma, I came across a 2004 discussion paper on Stigma and Work. It was written by Heather Stuart, a public health faculty member at Queen's University in Canada. It quickly became clear that the author's PhD in epidemiology didn't prevent her from having some strange attitudes… Continue reading Attitudes About Mental Illness That Make You Go Hmm…

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… 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… Burnout

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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, so what do we do about it when it does? Canadian human rights legislation In Canada, provincial human rights legislation requires equal rights and opportunities for… Continue reading Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Christopher

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 Christopher G.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Christopher

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Depression

Flush… Is That My Career Going Down the Toilet?

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay I've moaned about this before, but it feels like it's time for some more moaning.  Sometimes I feel like my mental health nursing career has been flushed down the toilet.  Despite having 15 years of experience, a master's degree, and a ton of continuing education, I feel like my career is done, for… Continue reading Flush… Is That My Career Going Down the Toilet?

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Depression

A Work/Mental Illness Conundrum

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay To set this up, I'll give you a bit of background.  A) One of my jobs (although technically it's contract work rather than a job) is as an injection nurse.  I administer certain kinds of recurring injection medications to patients, and I teach patients how to self-inject various biologic medications.  B) I… Continue reading A Work/Mental Illness Conundrum

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Mental Health

How to Manage Working with a Mental Illness 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… Continue reading How to Manage Working with a Mental Illness Disability

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Mental Health

Disclosing Mental Illness at Work: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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, the Bad, and the Ugly