How to Cope With Post-Traumatic Stress During COVID-19

Vicki Enns

post-traumatic stress, PTSD, mental health, mental illness, counselling, counsellor, COVID-19, Coronavirus, pandemic, self-care, trauma, traumatic

We are living in strange times, with unique challenges that many of us have never encountered before. Everywhere on the planet, people now have to collectively focus on survival, united in facing a shared threat: COVID-19. Every one of us is equipped with instincts to help us rise to the challenge of survival, but these same instincts can also add … Read More

Supporting Your Family During COVID-19

Tricia Klassen

covid family, COVID-19, Coronavirus, self-care, isolation, social distancing, physical distancing, pandemic, mental health, mental illness, anxiety

COVID-19 has created a time of uncertainty, overwhelm, and family isolation. As parents, we put pressure on ourselves to work, parent, and homeschool, all while trying to keep ourselves mentally well. In the midst of the current pandemic, we are in a position where we must support our children amidst our own struggles. Here is what I have noticed in … Read More

10 Ways to Get Along with Anxiety

Elizabeth Shein

Anxiety, anxious, mental health, physical health, behaviour, stress, coping, mind, body

Anxiety is our body’s natural alarm system. It is a normal and useful emotion when we feel threatened. It can save your life when you run to make it across the road because a car is speeding too fast towards you. However, when the threat is in our minds rather than a real physical danger, problems arise. Most times, the … Read More

4 Ways to Practice Trauma-Informed Healing During COVID-19

Nathan Gerbrandt

trauma-informed, healing, self-care, mental health, mental illness, organization, workplace, positivity, curiosity

The pervasiveness of trauma and its impact on our local communities and the world has seldom been so visible. The outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed cracks in how vulnerable and fragile our global community can become. Our thoughts are taken up with concern for loved ones, uncertainty about work and our personal health, and anxiety about what tomorrow will bring. … Read More

4 Key Dimensions of Self-Care

Lynda Monk

self-care, personal development, mental health, mental illness, anxiety, depression, counselling, therapy, counsellor, therapist

What is self-care and why does it matter? Self-care includes all the things you do to take care of your well-being in four key dimensions – your emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual health. If you are a counsellor, social worker, therapist, health care professional, leader, educator, change agent, caregiver, parent, purpose-driven entrepreneur – a person who gives a lot of … Read More

5 Tips for Supporting Anxious Children

Amber Mckenzie

anxiety, anxious child, parenting, caregiving, mental health

Pax woke up each morning to his father calling his name from the hall. Pax often woke breathless, unsure about what. They had visited the family physician, who could not find a cause for Pax waking this way. Pax would sit in bed paralyzed and could not move, despite wanting to. He knew his parents would be upset with him … Read More

Everyone Has More Than One Story

Trish Harper

story, stories, personal story, narrative therapy, multi-stories, mental health, mental illness, counselling, counsellor

I’ll admit that I sometimes like to watch true crime documentaries or listen to podcasts. When I do, my mind often generates more questions than conclusions about the people involved. Questions like, “Who are the person’s family and loved ones?” “Where were they raised?” “Where do they call home?” “What do neighbours and coworkers have to say about them?” and … Read More

How to Find Credible Mental Health Information Online

Wilma Schroeder

mental health information, mental health, mental illness, depression, anxiety, counselling, counsellor, therapy, therapist, self-care

How can you find the most accurate and credible mental health information? It’s often easier to go ask Dr. Google what you’re going through than talk to someone you know. The problem is, when you google “anxiety,” you get 456,000,000 results! The internet is fast, anonymous, and available 24 hours a day. However, the sheer volume of information out there … Read More

Pink Shirt Day – Let’s Put an End to Bullying

Lana Dunn

pink shirt day, bullying, bully, bullies, youth, children, school, counselling, teacher, counsellor

Wednesday February 26th, 2020 is Pink Shirt Day. A Canadian initiative, the idea began at a rural high school in Nova Scotia when a grade 9 boy was harassed for wearing a pink shirt to school. Two senior male students decided enough was enough, and launched the first Day of Pink to invite folks to take a stand against discrimination … Read More

3 Ways to Experience Joy with Others

Vicki Enns

joy, experiencing joy, happiness, contentment, self-help, mental health, gratitude, movement, breathing

After counselling for over 25 years, I have become increasingly focused on how I can stay emotionally healthy in both my personal and professional life. Counselling work has its unique rewards and challenges, including the inevitability that I will be changed by the people I support. Both their sorrow and their joy will impact me. This may sound like I’m … Read More