Mental health does not negate physical pain!!! Prejudging his health based on his honest disclosure of his medically-controlled bipolar disorder is a further example of why Canadians living with mental health issues are reluctant to share.
The stigma does not end with friends thinking you are “crazy”. The stigma does not end with coworkers thinking you are lazy or flaky. The stigma does not end with friends and family asking “are you off your meds?” The stigma follows you into the hospital where you are not trusted to define your pain.
When we see headlines like this in Canada, how do we continue to argue that is “not that bad here”? How do we argue that we are a country that puts all people on equal footing? We have our own systemic racism, ablism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, religious bias, as our neighbours to the south.
This needs to stop. Not improve. Not make some “changes” – this systemic prejudice of those living with mental health issues needs to STOP.
Thank you to @thebookofbrenna for bringing this story to my attention.
Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
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