Tag: discrimination

Voting While “Mentally Ill”: A Legacy of Discrimination

Legal and practical barriers to voting disenfranchise people judged "mentally incompetent." The centuries-old, unclear laws and regulations also disproportionately affect people of color.

The Cost of Being Psychotic in America

People living with psychosis—people like me—are dying because we are being discriminated against by people who’d rather see us hurt than attempt to work with us and give us the decency and respect that should be accorded us as a human right. And nobody deserves to be assaulted or shot after they’ve reached out for help.

Measuring How Mental Health Professionals See Service Users’ Rights

A new scale has been developed and validated to examine beliefs held by mental health professionals towards service users’ rights.

Discrimination Leads to Mental Distress for Gender Diverse People

Researchers seek to identify adaptive coping responses to discrimination for the transgender and gender diverse community.

Racial Discrimination a Clear Contributor to Youth Mental Health Disparities

Greater perceptions of discrimination during adolescence are linked to more depressive and internalizing symptoms.

Police Killings Vicariously Impact Mental Health of Black Americans

New research provides evidence that police killings of unarmed Black Americans impact the mental health of Black Americans.

Mentally Ill Students Say Universities are Leaving Them Behind

"When Stanford student 'Emily W.' attempted suicide in 2013, a representative of the elite California university 'told her she was "a liability," and "people...

What About Fat Voices? Our Experience With Fat Invisibility

In this piece for Resilient Fat Goddess, psychologist and fat activist Rachel Millner critiques the pervasiveness of fatphobia, sizeism, and weight bias within the eating...

Majority of Counselors Lack Training to Treat Racial Trauma, Study Finds

The percentage of clients who have experienced racial trauma far exceeds the percentage of counselors who are trained to identify and treat it.

Targeting Hypocrisy Reduces Islamophobia and Collective Blame of Muslims

Interventions calling attention to participants’ hypocrisy proved effective in reducing Islamophobia and collective blame of Muslims for individual acts of violence.

Social Work Professionals Face Creeping Fascism

From Rabble: The regulatory body for social workers and social service workers in Ontario — the Ontario College for Social Workers and Social Service Workers — is...

It’s Time for Full Legal Equality for People With Diagnoses

In this piece for the National Survivor User Network, Liz Sayce argues that people with mental health conditions will continue to stay silent about their...

So, You Still Say Trump is Crazy?

By calling Trump 'crazy' for making wildly racist, sexist, and other hateful remarks and out-of-control tweets (among other things), you fail to actually promote an end to such violence and bigotry. Instead, you are simply asking that it be redirected to another group.

Students Sue Oxford University for Mental Health Discrimination

From Express: Catherine Dance, a 24-year-old law graduate, is suing Oxford University's Jesus College for refusing to grant accommodations for her mental health disability and forcing...

What It Feels Like When Your Identity is Heavy

In this piece for Science of Us, Jesse Singal describes the burdensome stress of being a member of a minority group and having an identity...

MHE Launches New Video on Article 27 of the UN CRPD

Mental Health Europe has launched a new animated video explaining Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Article 27...

What the Fidget Spinners Fad Says About Disability Discrimination

From Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: For decades, autistic and developmentally disabled people have been conditioned and coerced into behaving like neurotypical people, including suppressing...

Racism Linked to Poor Health Outcomes in Children

New study finds children who have been exposed to discrimination show higher likelihood of anxiety, depression, and ADHD.

Pro-LGBT Policies Reduce Teen Suicide

A study demonstrates a 7% reduction in suicide attempts for teens in states that had legalized same-sex marriage.

Scapegoating: Why Humanity Desperately Needs Hope to Cling to

How convenient to be able to deposit all our hatred, anger, fear, and worry into a pail that looks different and believes in stuff we don't understand. Or better yet, to be able to throw all of our sorrow, hatred, and pain into an abstract bin organized by the greatest piece of trash: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

Do We Really Need Mental Health Professionals?

Professionals across the Western world, from a range of disciplines, earn their livings by offering services to reduce the misery and suffering of the people who seek their help. Do these paid helpers represent a fundamental force for healing, facilitating the recovery journeys of people with mental health problems, or are they a substantial part of the problem by maintaining our modestly effective and often damaging system?