How to Support Someone Who’s Depressed

Danielle Forth

depression, mental health, supporting depressed, loved ones, therapy, self-care

Andrew was tired. Tired of how much effort even the smallest tasks took, tired of feeling inadequate, tired of the aches and pains in his body, and tired of well-intentioned friends and family saying things like, “You just have to think positively and count your blessings” or “You have so much going for you, why are you so sad?” Most … Read More

Tips for Making Self-Talk Work for You

Danielle Forth

Are there ever times when your self-talk is particularly negative? Maybe you’ve been “shoulding” more than usual (“I should go to the gym,” “I should spend more time with my kids,” and so on), or maybe you have a bad case of “stinkin’ thinkin’” and your inner critic has been particularly harsh lately (“I’m such a loser,” “I always mess … Read More

Having a Bad Day? Try Some Self-Compassion

Danielle Forth

Karen is having a bad day. She forgot her bus pass, spilled coffee on her white blouse, and her bank account is overdrawn again. Her inner critical voice is in high gear creating a list of all her faults: “You should be more organized,” “You’re so clumsy,” You’re such a loser.” And now Karen is feeling down and anxious; there’s … Read More

Depression: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Danielle Forth

depression, depressed, anxiety, mental health, mental illness, self-care, counselling, therapy

At times our thoughts can be so convincing that we do not question their accuracy; we simply accept them at face value.  Whether we’re seeking a happier, more positive way of feeling or trying to cope with experiences of depression, we can make choices about how we feel and act by challenging the seemingly factual nature of our thoughts. Many … Read More

5 Ways to Support a Loved One Who Has a Mental Illness

Danielle Forth

mental illness, mental health, supporting, counselling, counseling, therapy, self-help, self-care

Many people experiencing mental illness appear “normal” as there are often few visible signs to let others know what they are dealing with. However, on the inside they may feel like their world is turned completely upside down: alone, scared, overwhelmed and with little hope. Friends and family members often feel grief and isolation as they struggle to understand their … Read More