Tag Archives: community

Attack of stigma…

I have asked what changes we might be willing to make, as neighbours, as friends, as relatives, as a society, that would contribute to eliminating stigma*.  I didn’t ask the question because I had an answer, but because I wanted … Continue reading

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Lost potential…

“R” and I sat glued to our conversation, astonished and excited that, by some amazing coincidence, we both had a passionate interest in what we were talking about: how mental distress tends to be handled  by the psychiatric or medical … Continue reading

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Fear of so-called schizophrenia

Partly because of my friend “A”, and partly because of Mad Pride Week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of the label “schizophrenia”.  There’s been so much discussion about it in recent years, and people are only just … Continue reading

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A moment, for mental illness…

Yesterday a friend emailed me  a beautiful Powerpoint presentation about long-suffering women and how essential and precious their struggles are, everywhere and always. It was one of those things we’re asked to send on, and It would have been perfect … Continue reading

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Community vs ‘Ghettoization’

Community is the single most important social group in our lives.   It can take us a lifetime to figure that out, because we are diverted and distracted by other social groups: clubs, religious organizations, political groupings, schools, gangs and so … Continue reading

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When Linda’s house burned down

I must have been eight when Linda’s house on Second Avenue burned down.    The news of her burning house spread by word of mouth – people passing it on as they walked by – people milling about  in the street, … Continue reading

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The sins of our “fathers”…

There we sat, in the café, a lot of Canadian history between us.  Her ancestors indigenous Canadian and holocaust survivors, mine ‘Scottish Presbyterian’ and English settlers who imposed themselves on land that may never have belonged to them. If my … Continue reading

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It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want…..

Poetry…. Nostalgia…. History…. Political rants …. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want with it.   That’s the incredible, amazing thing about blogging. I’ve come to think of it as a new form of communication, (as opposed … Continue reading

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Get involved – again and again….

On the wall in my favourite coffee shop is a sign that says, “Always hold firmly to the thought that each one of us can do something to bring some portion of misery to an end.”  It moved me so … Continue reading

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The ‘new normal’

Years ago, during my last therapy session with a well-known psychiatrist, I asked her if she had ever known a “normal” person. She looked puzzled, and slightly annoyed. “I mean someone who has no neuroses, no issues, needed no therapy?” … Continue reading

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