Category Archives: Disability Justice & Mental Health

Rubbed Raw: Depression and Suicide, from the Eyes of a Lover

Filed under Culture, Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   June 3rd, 2017   ·   0 comments

Trigger warning: Suicide/self-harm/depression One: The Meeting It’s never like it is in the movies, is it. Except it was, wasn’t it? Just like a high-school rom-com gone wrong, everything went right, didn’t it? Except it didn’t… did it A High school history class turned hell, you turned around and asked me for… something. I can’t […]

How Your Partying Alienates Your Friends Who Live With Disabilities or Chronic Health Issues

Filed under Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   March 4th, 2017   ·   0 comments

I’m the type of person who gets great joy from  spending time with friends, it’s a way to relax and decompress particularly after a long week. In theory, I like the idea of partying, and going out dancing as a way of letting loose. But because of the way parties are or what going out […]

Community Speaks Out Against Displacement in the DTES


It has been more than two weeks since the City of Vancouver’s decision to crack down on survival street vending on 0-400 blocks of East Hastings St. According to the City, the once-common act of selling wares on the sidewalk will no longer be tolerated, as police presence is set to increase in order to […]

Why I took my favorite charity to the Human Rights Tribunal

Filed under Activism, Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   December 3rd, 2015   ·   0 comments

In September 2014, I took the British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities to the BC Human Rights Tribunal on the grounds of disability discrimination. I chose to seek legal action after internally voicing my concerns regarding the hiring processes of their summer camps, BC Easter Seals Camps that grossly favour able-bodied applicants. In […]

my father, the creationist

Filed under Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   November 2nd, 2015   ·   0 comments

trigger warnings for substance abuse/drug addiction and eating disorders his eyes are the destruction after the dust settles his eyes are black holes sucking up daughter’s love, swallowing loyalty whole the wrinkles on his forehead betray a nonsensical roadmap folded again and again and deliberately ripped out of frustration at never being able to see […]

Institutional Burden Politics: A look at UBC’s disability structures

Filed under Campus, Capitalism & Class, Disability Justice & Mental Health, Race and Racism   ·   September 19th, 2015   ·   1 comment

How do UBC’s bureaucratic and institutional structures perpetuate ableist assumptions such as burden discourse? Burden discourse is when disabled bodies don’t feel entitled to ask for support. This can be due to language use, interpersonal interactions, and/or structures in the institution, which is what this article will focus on. It is critical to look closely […]

Putting My Own Oxygen Mask on First: Reflections on Suicide, Support, and Being Publicly Mentally Ill

Filed under Campus, Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   September 14th, 2015   ·   1 comment

Content Warning: This piece is a personal account of depression, anxiety, and suicide in the context of contemporary student life. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or contact Vancouver Coastal Health’s  SAFER services. In the chaotic return to campus for the fall term, September 10th, Suicide […]

Hagwilget Peak, Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en territory
The Problem with Social Work

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   April 5th, 2015   ·   2 comments

My name is Morgan Yee, a name that is representative of both my Chinese and Caucasian ancestry. I am in my last term of my Bachelors of Social Work at UBC, and am specializing in child welfare. I grew up in the small, primarily First Nations community of Hazelton, British Columbia, on the traditional lands […]

Event Preview: “maladjusted”

Filed under Disability Justice & Mental Health, Vancouver Politics   ·   March 23rd, 2015   ·   0 comments

“maladjusted” explores the mechanization of the mental health system with a goal of creating a discussion on how to move towards more human-centred care. This interactive forum theatre is created and performed by patients and caregivers. Organized by Theatre for Living at the Firehall Arts Centre, the performance is going on until March 28. Please […]

Meet the Editors: Sarah K.

Filed under Activism, Campus, Decolonization, Disability Justice & Mental Health, Queer Issues   ·   March 19th, 2015   ·   1 comment

I centre my newness to ‘anti-o’ work in this introduction because the critical work done in academic spaces can often be or seem daunting or inaccessible. It doesn’t have to be, and I hope The Talon can be – among other things – an entry point to critical perspectives on a multitude of subjects for you, as it is has been and continues to be for me.