Mental Health Stigma

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?

We Don't Need Another Amanda Todd -- Let's Talk About Suicide

Arthur Gallant | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

With the recent, tragic, and unnecessary death of bullying victim Amanda Todd, I believe that it is time to talk about suicide openly. Having the nation begin to talk about bullying and suicide prevention should have happened a long time ago. I am sad that it has taken an end to a life to begin talking about suicide so openly but it is something we must talk about to prevent it.

I Confess, Even I Have Mental Health Stigma

Arthur Gallant | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

In order to put an end to a problem such as stigma you must first identify the origin of the problem and ask why it exists. What is it that we with mental illness say or do that makes others treat us negatively therefore creating stigma? I recently had to ask myself this question.

The Woman Who's Trying to End Mental Health Stigma

Krizia | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Living
Krizia

Thursday, September 13, 2012 marks the 4th Annual Hats On For Awareness gala! The event started in 2008 by my good friend Enza Cecchia and her partner in this crusade, Benny Caringi. Like all previous events, this is a night to bring attention to those suffering in the shadows of mental illness and addiction. I was lucky enough to interview Enza & Benny who shared some pretty jaw-dropping facts about mental illness.

Back to School Can Be Bad For Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

It was just a few years ago that I had my first day of college and I can relate to my co-workers' excitement. But I'm concerned that they aren't being prepared for things like potential mass amounts of student debt but also the toll college and university can take on a student's mental health.

How You Can Positively Re-Enforce The Mentally Ill

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

In my last post I talked about words we use everyday and the context in which we use them that could come across as offensive to those with mental illness. However, as an advocate I could do more to make the public aware of the positive things they can say or do to support those mental health difficulties.

Is the Way You Speak About Mental Illness Offensive?

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Maybe it's just me but I feel that, as a society our vocabulary is a little less filtered then what it was 10 or 15 years ago. Are we so crunched for time that we no longer think about what we say and how it could affect others before we say it? I began to wonder...what words or phrases do we say or use everyday that offend those who have mental health difficulties?

The Most Common Mental Health Misconceptions

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto launched an awareness campaign today in the hopes of bringing attention to the stigma those with mental illness face to help defeat it. The ads quote some of the most common things those of us with mental illness hear. These are the ones I encounter most frequently.

Pushing Back Against Mental Health Stigma

Arthur Gallant | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Recent statistics show that at least one in five of us will have some sort of mental illness over the course of our lifetime. My hope is that there can come a point when it won't matter that you live with mental illness. But until then the best way to reduce stigma is to talk and educate yourself. The more often we have a discussion, the more we learn.