Saskatchewan inmate files human rights complaint over mental health – Global News – 2020-07-31

The death of her brother weighs on Prairie Crowe’s mind. Nicholas Dinardo is alive, but behind bars. The 28-year-old Indigenous man has attempted suicide multiple times and spent long stints in isolation, she says, including more than 200 days while he was in remand before his current five-year sentence for aggravated assault, assault with a … Read more

Having Realistic Expectations Could Make You Happier Than Being Over-Optimistic – The British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-28

There are fairly good arguments for optimism and pessimism both. Optimists, who see the best in everything, are likely to have a sunnier disposition; pessimists, on the other hand, would argue that their negative expectations never leave them disappointed when the worst actually happens. But in the end, it might be realists who win out. … Read more

Researchers Assume White Americans Are More Representative Of Humankind Than Other Groups, According To Analysis Of Psychology Paper Titles – The British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-29

It’s well-known that psychology has a problem with generalisability. Studies overwhelmingly involve “WEIRD” participants: those who are western and educated, from industrialised, rich and democratic societies. And while there is increasing recognition that other populations need better representation in research, many psychologists still often draw sweeping conclusions about humanity based on results from a narrow … Read more

Fake journals in the age of fake news: the dangers of predatory publishing – Healthy Debate – 2020-07-20

The emergence of “predatory journals” has clouded the available health information needed for sound, evidence-based advice to support decision-making for patients and the public. Health research has led to improved therapies, new medicines, new surgeries and improved patient safety. According to Statistics Canada, average life expectancy in Canada is now 82 years and much of … Read more

Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates – Science Daily – 2020-07-27

Naturally occurring lithium in public drinking water may have an anti-suicidal effect — according to a new study from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the study collated research from around the world and found that … Read more

Hedonism leads to happiness – Science Daily – 2020-07-27

Relaxing on the sofa or savoring a delicious meal: Enjoying short-term pleasurable activities that don’t lead to long-term goals contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research from the University of Zurich and Radboud University in the Netherlands. The researchers therefore argue for a greater appreciation of hedonism … Read more

Man remains stuck in a forensic mental health system some say is biased against Black people – CBC News – 2020-07-27

Five years ago, 20-year-old Mark Waweru, then a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and a budding hip hop artist, had his first psychotic episode. It’s a night that changed the course of his life and left him locked in the forensic mental health system in Ontario for more than four years — … Read more

Hamilton police chief open to other agencies responding to mental health, addictions calls – CBC News – 2020-07-25

After weeks of public outcry for police reform, Hamliton’s police chief says, despite some reservations, he’s open to allowing community agencies to respond to service calls related to mental health and addictions issues. Those comments came during a Hamilton Police Services Board meeting on Thursday, about 90 minutes after Black Lives Matter activists painted “DEFUND … Read more

Re-imagined Policing Helps Protect Those With Mental Illness – Psychology Today – 2020-07-23

As activists continue to push municipalities to defund or unbundle the police, questioning why law enforcement is tasked with responsibilities well beyond enforcing the law, our society can benefit from contemplating how to change the way we respond to individuals experiencing mental health crises. It’s time. Our system of response has long been to call … Read more

Transgender minister dismissed from position at Mississauga church after coming out – Global News – 2020-07-22

More than a month after coming out as a transgender woman during a sermon, Junia Joplin has been dismissed from her position at a Mississauga church in a close vote by the congregation. “This has been an emotional week. There has been a variety of emotions. I’m sad. I don’t feel great putting an end … Read more

Religious People In The US — But Not Elsewhere In The World — Have More Negative Attitudes Towards Science – British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-21

It’s a common view among the public — and certain intellectuals — that science and religion are in fundamental opposition to each other, despite claims to the contrary. As Richard Dawkins put it in his essay The Great Convergence, “To an honest judge, the alleged convergence between religion and science is a shallow, empty, hollow, … Read more

Try ‘glory holes’ for safer sex during coronavirus, B.C. CDC says – Global News – 2020-07-22

B.C. health officials are recommending an age-old, occasionally cutting-edge tactic for sex during the coronavirus pandemic: “glory holes.” The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added new recommendations for socially distant sex to its COVID-19 website this week. One of those tips was to try using a “glory hole” — a hole cut into a wall … Read more

Average-Size Erect Penis: Fiction, Fact, and the Need for Counseling – Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy – 2020-07-15

Most men believe that the average length of an erect penis is greater than 6 inches (15.24 cm). This belief is due, in part, to several often-cited studies that relied on self-reported measurements, with means of about 6.2 inches (15.75 cm) for heterosexual men and even greater for gay men. These studies suffered from both volunteer bias … Read more

B.C. premier asks Trudeau to decriminalize drug possession as overdose deaths spike – CBC – 2020-07-20

British Columbia’s premier is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take an “enormous step” to reduce stigma associated with illicit drug use by decriminalizing possession for personal use. In a letter sent Monday to the prime minister, John Horgan says people in B.C. are experiencing unprecedented rates of overdose-related harms, including deaths, because of the … Read more