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mental health mondays :: #getloud with the cmha

this week, we're going green!
when i promised that i'd be continuing the series i'd started on personality disorders, i didn't realise that this week marks the start of the annual canadian mental health association's annual awareness week. this year, as last, they're using the hashtag #getloud to encourage people both to talk about mental health issues and to raise their voice in support of increased mental health funding for canadians. [of course, you could just as easily use the opportunity to increase the call for increased funding wherever you are in the world.]

and in case you think this is all about hollering "more money", without a plan as to how it should be used, you should check out the specific objectives of the cmha plan, especially the mental health transition and innovation fund [link goes to pdf].

there are a number of ways that you can get loud/ involved, which range from wearing green to hosting fundraising events, all of which are outlined here.

i think it's pretty clear that one of the main ways that i think people can help increase awareness of [and funding for] mental illness is through spreading information on all of its facets. as a result, i have several years worth of mental health mondays posts, which you are free to peruse at your leisure. if i may be so bold, you might want to check out this post i did for the last canadian federal election on the policies of various parties on mental health, since it has a list of questions that still need to be answered by politicians.

so, yes, the personality disorders posts will return next week, for realsies, in this space. but for this week, i'm just going to be content with encouraging everyone to talk about these issues and to do whatever they can to create a climate where those discussions can be had out in the open, where they can benefit the most people and where they can yield results.

yours in loudness,


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mental health mondays :: where even the depressed ones are happy

this past week saw the publication of the annual world happiness report, a look at nations around the world and how people in each of them feel about their lot in life. i started following this a few years ago, and this year it occurred to me that it would be fun to look at how the happy places compared to the crazy places. i mean, what if those countries aren't really all that happy, but just have an extremely high rate of psychotic/ delusional disorders?

so, i set to work putting together a comparison. as it happens, that's a bit trickier than it sounds, because information on any kind of disability is more difficult to come by than you might think. and no type of disability is more controversial than a mental illness, which means that there are even more complications around definitions, seeking treatment, prognoses, record-keeping... it's hard to tell how reliable anything you're looking at is. [not that there aren't some good sources.]

and what sources there …


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…