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“Mental Health Days Should Require a Doctor’s Note”

This August 29, 2014 Liberty Voice article talks about one step that could help with the battle to decrease the stigma often attached to mental illness.  A simple solution of employers requiring a doctor’s note for mental health days the same as they would require a note from a doctor for a sick day taken because of a physical illness or injury.  The idea being that if employers treat mental and physical illness absences equally then it’s possible that other people who may not view mental and physical health equally may begin to also do the same.  While there doesn’t seem to be any research backing the idea, I do feel that it is something that could be helpful over time.


“Mental health stigma hasn’t gone away”

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This August 28, 2014 article on The Guardian website talks about various types of stigma surrounding mental illness and points out that not every solution to preventing or decreasing stigma will work on every type of stigma.

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, sh...

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History (ISBN 978-0192802668), from which this version is taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier”

Child nose

Child nose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This August 28, 2014 NPR: Shots article talks about the dangers of losing one’s sense of smell.  I honestly had never really thought about this until I spotted this article and while it isn’t a mental health specific article, it doesn’t take much for me to assume that a fire in the kitchen that wasn’t noticed until it got out of control because the person cooking couldn’t smell the smoke could also have an impact on their mental health depending on how great the loss was from the fire.  Also the possibility of unknowingly eating spoiled food and getting sick as a result is something that I imagine could impact a person’s mental health.  So indirectly the subject of this article could have some form of mental health impact depending on what the result of the person missed an important odor was.

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