GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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Young carers face family burden with few resources

Kendra* grew up too fast. At 12, she’d do her homework while caring for her twin with non-verbal autism as he watched the same Disney film over and over. She’d cook dinner while helping her older brother, living with a severe learning disability, make sense of his school work. At fourteen, her father died from cancer suddenly, and she assume...

May 27th, 2017 read more

13 Reasons: How TV can be smart about mental health

Thrashing and screaming, a girl is hauled away by orderlies in white coats. Nurses follow, sedative needles ready. Watching this scene in the film Girl, Interrupted, Emily Nicholas Angl wondered, “Will that be me?” As a young woman, Nicholas Angl grappled with severe depression and anxiety. In TV shows and films she saw only stereotypes and ...

May 20th, 2017 read more

Cradles in prison cells: Mothers behind bars

Amid the constant crackle of radios and chatter of inmates, surprising sounds linger in the prison halls. A baby’s coo. A mother’s gentle soothing. The creak of a rocking chair, rhymes recited from a children’s book, scratches of a crayon. Behind the barbed wire fence at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, 50 kilometers east of Vanc...

May 6th, 2017 read more

Bringing creativity to senior care

Recently, we visited our Aunt Pat at her nursing home to celebrate her 80th birthday. Marc’s five-year-old Lily-Rose had seen the tiny rooms and lonely seniors there before, and this time insisted we bring a box of teddy bears. Residents were thrilled—it was just what the doctor ordered. Too often, the elderly live forgotten in depressing c...

November 19th, 2016 read more

Global mental health

Stanley Kutcher was stumped. The psychiatry professor from Halifax’s Dalhousie University was in Malawi to develop a mental health program for rural communities when he learned from the locals that there was no word in Chichewa for depression. How do you diagnose and treat an illness that doesn’t linguistically exist? The upbeat Dr. Kutcher ...

November 29th, 2014 read more