Mental Health Stigma

Stop Blaming Mental Illness for America's Shootings

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I will acknowledge that people with mental illness have committed some terrible crimes from time to time but statistically speaking people with mental illness are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than they are to commit one.

I'm a Hypocrite for Hiding My Mental Illness From My Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

All this time I've been advocating to end the stigma associated with mental illness, and yet, in my own home it's a topic I speak of only when the TV is blaring and the true consequences of my disease are muffled by the sound of America's Got Talent.

We Must Change the Way We Talk About Suicide

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Arthur Gallant

The majority of people refer to the act of somebody taking their own life as "committing suicide." We tend to most often use the word "commit" when it comes to the act of carrying out a crime. The act of suicide was once a crime but its now widely known that suicide is most often the result of mental illness.

Police Chiefs Must Remove the Stigma From Talking About Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I am genuinely worried about the mental health of police officers across Canada (and around the world for that matter). It absolutely appalls me that there are officers across the country taking their own lives -- some with their service-issued gun. Police chiefs across the country need to get really creative to ensure another member of their forces do not take their own lives. One way we can help to facilitate this much-needed change is by talking. We need to take the sting out of talking about mental illness. None of us would be ashamed to admit we have a physical illness, so why are we so afraid to talk about our mental illnesses?

The Public Deserves to Know Why Two Missing North Bay Patients Are 'Dangerous'

John Laforet | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

There has been considerable media coverage regarding two patients who did not return from off unit privileges on January 22, 2015 at the Mental Health and the Law Service of the North Bay Regional Health Centre. The authorities do a disservice to the public by not telling us what 'conflict with the law' makes them dangerous, which creates more danger for the public at large.

5 Ways to Fight the Stigma Around Mental Illness

The Reply | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

The best way to break away from stigma around depression and suicide is to talk about it. This post was originally published by Charlotte Ottaw...

I Devalue Mental Illness When I Call Myself Crazy

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

In order to further be part of a movement which strives to promote the existence of mental illnesses, I have to be able to speak my truth. Not just write it. Not hide behind my laptop. But say it out loud, and not say it with a smirk and a wink, and a jolly, "I'm crazy." This isn't helping anyone. I'm only further promoting the notion that mental illness needs to remain in the closet. Until people can accept that there is stigma, those of us who do suffer in silence; those of us who are too embarrassed to say out loud that we have an illness -- we need to refrain from using a vocabulary which only serves to further set back the progress.

How I Learned To Deal With Bouts of Hypomania Caused By Bipolar Disorder II

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Now that I've experienced stability in mild doses as my medication is regularly tweaked to find the right balance, I question myself often. Is my thought to return to school to get my Masters something I really want? Or is it residual hypomania egging me on? I still wake at night and watch as the thoughts battle each other for my undivided attention.

When Helping a Friend With Mental Illness, Know Your Limits

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I expect my friends and family to be there for me when I'm in a time of need and I know they expect the same of me, as they should. But is it OK to have a breaking point where you can just throw in the towel and say, "I've had enough"?

A Letter to My Suicidal Self

Angela Hartlin | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

I will tell you that I know you've tried what feels like everything to create a tolerable existence, but it hasn't worked thus far. I also know that you have hoarded your past expired medications in your toy hamper waiting for this day when you finally get "the nerve" to go through with ending it all. Please don't let today be your last, I want you to experience what it's like to smile for real again and you'll be taking that opportunity away.

The Crazy Project: Talking About Mental Health

Moses Mutabaruka | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Moses Mutabaruka

Although mental health is a heavy and personal matter that comes with a lot of stigma, talking about it is like finally being able to breathe! It lifts a huge weight off your shoulders and you are able to live again.

Would You Expose Your Darkest Secrets For a Documentary?

Angela Hartlin | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a film crew to follow you day in and day out, documenting your daily rituals all in an effort to create a successful film? I have a chronic condition called Dermatillomania, which has left me scarred and disfigured on the outside, alienated and "different" on the inside.

How Mental Health Organizations Lose Credibility

Arthur Gallant | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

As many people know I am a stigma fighter and I tend to almost over-analyze as to why stigma exists and how it can be eliminated. It is true, I believ...

If Bieber Was on Anti-Depressants, He Should Be Praised, Not Mocked

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Music
Arthur Gallant

On the January 23, 2014 episode of The View and just hours after Bieber was arrested, the subject of his arrest came up. It's been alleged that Bieber was found with medication at the time of his arrest which are rumoured to be anti-depressants. Journalist, creator, and co-host of The View Barbara Walters stated that she had no idea what Bieber had to be depressed about. If Bieber has depression or some form of mental illness, then I commend him for seeking treatment. What Walters said in relation to Bieber is a widely-held misconception.

Doctor, Please Don't Judge Me Because I Live With Anxiety

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Just because I have a mental illness doesn't mean that I don't know when I'm sick. The experience of both the doctor and me would be more fulfilling if I wasn't judged before being examined simply because of the fact that I live with anxiety and depression.

It Doesn't Matter What You Call Us - Stigma Hurts

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Impact
Arthur Gallant

The most common titles I've heard mental health organizations and government use are: person with lived experience, survivor, advocate, patient, consumer, etc. However, I've heard some people take offence to one title while others asked to be described a certain way.

Stand By Me Always: Mental Illness and Fairweather Friends

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Talking about mental illness is difficult. I get it. But what is even more difficult is people saying they accept me for who I am and then deserting me. As soon they hear something good has happened to me they're the first people to want to celebrate with me, yet they don't want to hear about the dark side of mental illness.

Why My Employer's Acceptance of My Mental Illness Is Good For My Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

It is a topic I have blogged and spoken publicly about extensively; how do we make our workplaces friendlier to those with mental illness? It is a loa...

Youth And Mental Illness: When Stigma Kills

The Huffington Post Canada | Akihiko Tse | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada Impact

Rachel Regula didn’t have a carefree childhood. At age five, she switched kindergarten classes because of the persistent bullying she faced. ...

We Need To Stop Blaming The Victim

Arthur Gallant | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

It is something the world has experienced since the beginning of time; every time an accident or an incident happens we rush to assign blame. We saw t...

Like Bodies, Minds Need Regular Check-Ups

Arthur Gallant | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

It is something we are often reminded to do, meet with our general practitioners on a regular basis to prevent terminal or debilitating illnesses. What's often forgotten by us, but by our doctors too, is that our mind is part of our body.

How My Mental Illness Has Added Years To My Life

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

A lot of people perceive mental illness to be a burden and it's that perception that only furthers the stigma and prevents people from seeking treatment. But I believe my mental illness has helped to shape my life in a very positive fashion.

What Mental Health Needs More Than Science

Andrew Boozary | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada
Andrew Boozary

The idea that social injustice can drive a health gradient is becoming a bigger facet of medical education in Canada. How are we trained to embrace the culpability of mental illness? Are we relying too much on a neuronal pathway, genetic cause or even a drug to legitimize disease?

How We Portray Mental Health on TV Matters

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

Mental health is currently on the forefront of two TV shows that I'm keeping an eye on. Half of my friends believe highlighting the struggles of those with mental illness in a fictional manner only furthers the stigma. The other half believes Hollywood has the ability to use its magic to accurately depict the day-to-day life of those with mental illness.

Let's Talk About Mental Health, Not "Evil"

Lauren Goodman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Lauren Goodman

The events in Newtown sparked a lot of discussion on gun control and the media's representation of children following violent events. However, as is the case with most well-covered human tragedies, mental health discourse was decidedly missing from the reporting. "Evil visited this community today," the Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said following the shooting. Such words are not uncommon following acts of violence, but their prominence still made me cringe. I have to ask, whose "evil" are we talking about when we classify this tragedy as such?