3 Comforting Ways to Grieve the Loss of Family & Friends

Lynda Monk

grief, grieving, loss, death, family, friends, mental health, self-care, self-soothing, mental health, anxiety, depression, counselling, counsellor, therapy, therapist

The deep sadness of grief can be one of the most gripping emotions we face as human beings. Losing a loved one, or friend, or pet, or a colleague, can leave us feeling devastated, heartbroken, confused, and angry. Grief can also call forth the resilience and fortitude of the human spirit. Bereavement is the general stage of being that results … Read More

5 Important Things to Know About Self-Injury

Kimberly Enns

self-injury, self-harm, suicide, youth, children, teens, support, parenting, mental health, emotion regulation, anxiety, depression

“What do I do now?” whispers the mom through her tears as the reality of what I have just disclosed begins to sink in. Her daughter is cutting, and has been secretly doing so for months. A combination of disbelief, panic, anger, and despair ripple across her face. As a counsellor, I find myself walking alongside the parents of youth … Read More

4 Keys to Breaking the Cycle of Relapse

Wilma Schroeder

For those who live with any kind of long-lasting mental health concerns or emotional issues, the threat of relapse is always present. But we don’t need to sit passively, “waiting for the next shoe to drop,” as the saying goes. There are things that you and your family or friends can do to reduce the frequency and severity of relapse. … Read More

Food for Thought: Nutrition’s Impacts on Mental Health

Wilma Schroeder

We all know that what we eat has an impact on our physical health, but what about our mental health? A growing body of research since the 1990s suggests that nutrition can play a key role in mental health, including major mental illnesses. This ought not to surprise us; after all, what we eat and drink provides the basis for … Read More

Autism and Anxiety: 5 Ways to Be a Support

Kalyn Falk

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To someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an anxiety burst feels like an internal hurricane: overwhelming, devastating, and intense. The only response is to batten down the hatches and shut down, or to let the hurricane out to express itself in a variety of challenging behaviours, including injury to self and others. As we support individuals with ASD, we need … 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

What’s Your Relationship with Alcohol?

John Koop Harder

relationship with alcohol, alcoholism, addiction, substance use, substance abuse, self-care, resolution, mental health, counselling, therapy

Recently my family had a fantastic new experience – an all-inclusive trip to a resort in Mexico where a great time was had by all. Near the end of the trip, my 15-year-old son expressed his need to eat nothing but kale and carrots after overeating during the trip. For many people, vacations can encourage over-indulgence in both food and … Read More

Bingeing and Purging: Breaking the Bulimic Cycle

Amber Dalsin

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The cycle of bingeing and purging is exhausting and demoralizing, yet it is a pattern that many people with bulimia seem powerless to control. Stopping the cycle can be immensely difficult. As someone who has struggled with this cycle, Linette describes her experience: I have committed I won’t eat my trigger food, cookies, because gaining weight is unacceptable to me. … Read More

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Treatment Program

Wilma Schroeder

treatment program, self-care, counselling, therapy, family, family therapy, mental health, mental illness

Help! My spouse/partner/child/parent/friend needs mental health or addictions treatment! Where can they go? How do I know if a program is right for them? For family and friends of a person experiencing a mental health crisis (and for the person themselves), finding one’s way through the health care system can be incredibly difficult. It is hard to know what is … Read More

How to Change Your Relationship with Alcohol

Amber Dalsin

alcohol, relationship with alcohol, alcoholism, alcoholic, addiction, mental health, substance use, substance abuse, counselling, therapy, harm reduction

This is the year you are ready to change your relationship with alcohol. With some preparation and a good plan, this could be your year. Maybe last year you had some clear moments that your relationship with alcohol had to change. Maybe friends or a loved one pointed out some concerns with your drinking. Other people may have had an … Read More