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  • March 16, 2017

    The Problem with Romanticizing Cognitive Difference in Comedy Shows

    While it is obvious that negative representations of mental illness in media – such as stereotyping in film and television, and overrepresentation in news – have perpetuated stigma, this harmful influence appears to have persisted in new and unique ways.[1] In recent years, some media outlets have begun to romanticize—that is, to reframe as desirable—those […]

  • February 9, 2017

    Angels and Demons Within: Exploring the Meaning of Hearing Voices

    Academic studies conducted in Europe, New Zealand, and America during the past 20 years have shown that a significant minority of the world population—5% to 13%—hear voices that other people cannot[1]. This statistic includes people who do and do not suffer from a related physical or mental illness. [1]   It is difficult to describe […]

  • January 25, 2017

    Creative Works Studio: Art and Community for Health

    Some bands are born of positive beginnings. Social Mystics is no exception. Born in 2007, this group was developed by the arts-based occupational therapy program, the Creative Works Studio (CWS). Situated in Toronto, CWS is run by St. Michael’s Hospital, in partnership with the Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. They offer therapeutic arts programming to […]