Category Archives: mental health

Reflections on public pain and collective rage at the end of 2016

I’ve cried in public more times than I can count. I’ve cried openly on the bus after saying goodbye to a loved one, I’ve cried at parties, and I’ve cried at work. Yesterday I sat in a coffee shop and … Continue reading

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau needs to stop talking about mental health

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s approach to mental health is completely individualist, over-simplistic and useless for most of us who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. It’s also not new. Continue reading

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DIY, self love, and re-defining legitimate knowledge

That last couple of years I have been trying to eliminate chemicals from my life. I started by using only vinegar and baking soda to clean my house. Then I started washing my hair with vinegar, dyeing it with lemon … Continue reading

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Why I don’t believe in “self care” (and how to make it obsolete)

Someone asked me recently what my favourite self care strategies are. It seemed like a reasonable question until I realized that I had no idea what the answer is. I drew a complete blank. Which is weird, because I’m a mental … Continue reading

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Five major barriers to basic mental health care

Trigger warning: the following includes discussion of health care professionals, depression, anxiety and mood disorders in general. It’s June of the year I turned 23. I have just moved across the country, from Ottawa to Vancouver, and into my mother’s house, … Continue reading

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How to make your social movement more inclusive of neurodiversity

Some friends and I have been talking lately about the ways that people with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and mental health issues have become excluded from the social justice organizations that we have been a part of. Even in grassroots collectives … Continue reading

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