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Goodbye and Thanks for Everything

Goodbye and Thanks for Everything

It is with great sadness that I am announcing the end of my stint as the stigma blogger for Healthy Place.

Over the past year and a half, I have gotten to meet a great deal of people involved in de-stigmatizing mental illness. I have had the privilege of engaging many of you in discussion surrounding mental health stigma and by the conversations we have created, I know we have made a difference in fighting stigma.

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The Role of the Media in Mental Health Stigma

The Role of the Media in Mental Health Stigma

Do we ever really pay attention to how much the media plays a role in how we understand mental health? The media should responsibly report on mental health.

I think we often forget just how much of our understanding of mental illness comes directly from the media. Think about your thoughts on Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for a minute. How much are your opinions distorted by the horrendous image of R.P. McMurphy getting shocked senseless in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

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Carving Something Beautiful From Rock Bottom

Carving Something Beautiful From Rock Bottom

Over the past year and a half, I’ve been talking about things we can all do to instigate change in the realm of mental health stigma. One unifying theme that I keep mentioning is the need for people to come out of the metaphorical closet and share their stories. But it isn’t always that easy.

I chose the rather unorthodox method of writing and publishing my memoir. But that’s a little extreme. We don’t all have to write books in order to combat mental health stigma.

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Don’t Blame Insite for Cory Monteith’s Death

Don’t Blame Insite for Cory Monteith’s Death

In a recent column for the Calgary Herald, writer Licia Corbella states that she believes Glee star Cory Monteith would still be alive today if it wasn’t for Vancouver’s safe injection site, Insite.

As a professional who works with people struggling from addiction from both a harm reduction and an abstinence model, I barely even know where to begin with addressing how wrong and distorted her views are.

Ms. Corbella’s views can be read right here.

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The End of Mental Health Stigma

The End of Mental Health Stigma

Since I started writing this blog over a year ago, I’ve noticed that I get more and more questions regarding my plans on how to end mental health stigma in my life (What Is Stigma?). Of course, I am honored to receive these questions, but I do not by any means consider myself an expert on the matter. But, here it goes anyway. You can be the judge as to whether I am an expert or not.

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The Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Help and Treatment

The Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Help and Treatment

‘I need mental health help.’

When you are suffering from a mental illness, these are often the three most difficult words to say. But the real question is ‘why?’

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Even the Stigma Blogger Stigmatizes

Even the Stigma Blogger Stigmatizes

It’s all fine and good to sit here and preach about the evils of mental health stigma.  I’m proud of the work I have done and plan to continue to do.  But let me be honest for a second here; even I stigmatize against people with a mental illness.  I don’t mean to of course, and always try to correct my thinking, but it happens.

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A Guide to Overcoming Self-Stigma

A Guide to Overcoming Self-Stigma

For years, self-stigma overcame me and I couldn't guide my way free. But I’ve learned how to overcome self-stigma and can guide you from it toward self-worth.

I can guide you to overcome self-stigma because I once brutally self-stigmatized. However, now I clearly see that self-stigma hurt me in the past far more than the problems caused when anyone else stigmatized me. Follow this guide to overcoming self-stigma and feel much better about life, your mental illness, and being able to handle it all.

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Hyperactive and Stigmatized: The Effects of ADHD

Hyperactive and Stigmatized: The Effects of ADHD

“I feel like I have AIDS man! Everybody’s scared of me!”

I recently heard these powerful words from a client who struggles with adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Q and A with Bipolar Author Juliann Garey (part 2)

Q and A with Bipolar Author Juliann Garey (part 2)

This two-part series will explore the inner world of author and mental health advocate,Juliann Garey.  Through a series of questions and answers, Garey will shed light on the plight of those with mental health challenges in terms of stigma, medications, mania, depression, mixed states and the creative process.

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