How to Build Resilient Communities

Nataschaa Chatterton

In this time of global change, we must meet our needs closer to home and rely on community more than ever. What is a community? Community is not a place or its people – it’s a feeling. It exists among people, and consists of feelings of belonging, trust, and acceptance. Community is created when people strive to meet common needs. … Read More

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

Lana Dunn

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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

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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

How to Overcome Codependency

Jody Lambert

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Is it codependency or simply a desire to be connected? Although these concepts may sound similar to each other, they are vastly different. Having a secure connection is the ability to balance a healthy exploration of the world around us with a relationship we can return to when there is a need to be held, supported, or celebrated by the … Read More

How to Support Someone Through Grief

Galya Chatterton

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When I was 18, my friend (I’ll call her Caden) lost her most important caregiver – her grandmother. Caden was transformed by grief and I felt helpless. I desperately wanted to provide some solace for her, and yet I said nothing. I felt paralyzed by not knowing how to reach out. Months later, I sobbingly apologized: “I’ve been a bad … Read More

5 Principles for Talking Politics with Friends and Family

Aaron Lyons

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How do you engage in discussions about politics with those you care about? For many, the answer is “I don’t!” Others engage eagerly in these discussions, but find themselves repeatedly caught in the muck of destructive conflict. There is another way – one that allows for respectful discourse and even strengthened relationships. In 2007, I was invited to participate in … Read More

4 Ways to Practice Humility in Relationships

Natalie Imbach

It seems to me that the very basis of humility requires an acknowledgment and acceptance of our fundamental human need for relationships. Relationships enable us to experience and meet our needs for connection, belonging, acceptance, and love. Several years ago, I attended a conference where the speaker referred to the human body as a “skin suit” that, once unzipped, reveals … Read More

Strengthen Relationships Through Positive Connections

Vicki Enns

What is of one of your favourite memories of a loved one? Try and think of one that has the power to help you feel calm, more secure, or just a little better about life. These memories hold an important key to helping us strengthen relationships through positive connections. I can remember my mom brushing out my hair before bedtime … Read More

5 Simple Steps to Random Acts of Kindness

Sheri Coburn

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines “random” as “Having no definite aim or purpose; not set or guided in a particular direction; made, done, occurring, etc., without method or conscious choice; haphazard.” I am asking you to completely disregard the Oxford Dictionary definition of random. Instead, I want you to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th, 2016 and every … Read More

4 Tips for Supporting Marital Separation

Tricia Klassen

Several years ago, I experienced a sense of loss upon hearing that my neighbour and her husband were getting divorced. I wasn’t particularly close to them, but for a fleeting moment, I thought about the ways in which this separation would impact me. Most of us have friends or family who have separated and can relate to the myriad of … Read More