4 Things Sara Wants You to Know About Depression

John Koop Harder

depression, support, mental health, help, mental illness, anxiety, counselling, therapy

Depression and isolation are kind of like the mean girls of mental health. They are BFFs. And it’s decidedly not a healthy relationship. They spend most of their time with one another, often to the total exclusion of others, and they hate it when other influences interfere with their relationship. Isolation serves Depression and Depression thrives in Isolation. Theirs is … 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

Eating Disorders – It’s Not Our Bodies That Need Changing

Kimberly Enns

eating disorder, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, mental health, wellness, well-being

I sit across from yet another young woman who, with tears in her eyes, describes to me the thoughts she battles daily: disdain for her body shape and weight, concern that others think she is fat or can see her “problem areas,” constant evaluation and self-judgment regarding every bite of food she eats, comparison with others, and never feeling good … Read More

10 Tips to Reduce Stress

Lynda Monk

reduce stress, managing stress, anxiety, mental health, well-being

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (January 2015), stress and stress-related illnesses are on the rise. Stress is so commonplace that it seems like a way of life for many. Individuals and workplaces are paying a high price for unmanaged stress. Stress can hit when we least expect it. It is the body’s instinctual response to real or … Read More

10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Elizabeth Shein

winter blues, seasonal affective disorder, sad, mental health, well-being, holidays, winter

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…and you may not be feeling so delightful. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do both to prevent the winter blues and improve your mood. More than half the people living in places where there are four seasons report having the “winter blues” – a mild depression characterized by a lack of motivation and low energy. … 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

5 Surprising Gifts of Anxiety

Vicki Enns

anxiety, benefits of anxiety, mental health, well-being, self-improvement

Do you struggle with anxiety? Do you believe your life would be better if you could just get your anxiety to go away, or if it never bothered you in the first place? Have you considered that your anxiety may be able to help you? What if it actually makes you a stronger person and can improve your life in … Read More

6 Tips for Improving Mental Health

Lynda Monk

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“Mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness. People who live with a mental illness can and do thrive, just as people without a mental illness may experience poor mental health.” -Canadian Mental Health Association, 2014 World Mental Health Day happens every year on October 10. This dedicated day has the goal of raising awareness … Read More

Mental Health Week – Time for a Checkup!

Michelle Bentley

mental health, mental health week, self-care, well-being, tips, strategies, mental illness, learning

Mental Health Week is a great opportunity to consider what steps you need to take to safeguard or improve your thoughts, emotional concerns, stress level, relationships, health, and balance among all aspects of your life. How can each of us know when our mental health is not as good as it could be? What following areas of your mental health … Read More

Borderline Personality Disorder – Moving Beyond the Label

Sheri Coburn

Borderline personality disorder, borderline, BPD – whatever the chosen label, the mere mention of it causes a definite reaction among most people. Those diagnosed often experience a sense of powerlessness, confusion, anger, or refusal to accept. After all, how are you supposed to react when your personality is being called into question? How do you change your personality? Family members … Read More