Blog posts written by AnnMarie Churchill

4 Strategies for Building Psychological Resilience

AnnMarie Churchill

When did we start believing that expert help is required for life’s stress and struggles? I recently heard a radio segment on eco-anxiety, and at the end of the story, the radio announcer advised people who felt emotionally impacted by climate change to contact a mental health professional. I countered out loud for people to first try building their psychological … Read More

9 Strategies for Supporting Someone with BPD

AnnMarie Churchill

borderline personality disorder, BPD, mental illness, mental health, mood disorder, self-care, counselling, therapy

If you have a friend or family member with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you know the stress of this difficult problem. And you may be at a loss for how you can respond helpfully. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) involves emotional instability, interpersonal difficulties, and impulsive, often self-destructive, behaviours. People with BPD experience intense emotions and often distrust themselves and others, … Read More

5 Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

AnnMarie Churchill

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

Anxiety is a normal part of human life, as well as a common mental health issue. It’s normal for people to feel worried or nervous about new or challenging situations such as public speaking, job interviews, or a first date. However, anxiety can become problematic when the level of distress is extreme, and the nervousness and worry reoccur or are … Read More

Children and Trauma: 7 Things to Know

AnnMarie Churchill

children and trauma, mental health, well-being, counselling, counseling, traumatic

Children are affected by events that threaten their safety and the safety of their parents and those who are close to them. Extreme negative events such as a motor vehicle accident, community disaster, loss of parent, animal attack, serious injury, or illness can cause children to sense the world as dangerous and unpredictable, resulting in traumatic reactions. For some children, … Read More

Suicide Ideation: 5 Myth-Busting Facts

AnnMarie Churchill

suicide ideation, suicidal thoughts, mental health, well-being, help

Do you feel uncomfortable discussing the topic of suicide? Do you worry that broaching the topic will make matters worse – possibly incite suicide thoughts or actions? Many people still believe the myth that asking questions about suicide thoughts or plans will give a distressed person the idea of suicide. This mistaken belief often causes people to avoid the issue … Read More