Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

How To Make Decisions Without Distress

Susan Valentine | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

When we feel stuck, our usual tactics -- giving ourselves more time, assessing pros and cons, soliciting our friends for advice -- don't really help, and in fact, can escalate our anxiety.

The Martian Teaches Us About Resilience

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

The film is, on the surface, about a botched space mission that leaves Matt Damon stranded on Mars. It's also a film for anyone who's found themselves thousands of miles away from the life they'd planned. If you've lost a child, lost a spouse, survived a crime, been disabled, been diagnosed with a critical illness, you likely have had moments when you feel alone on a strange planet with no guarantee of making it back home.

How To Stop Being A Worry Wart Parent

Julie M Green | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Telling a parent not to worry is a lot like telling somebody not to hold his breath underwater. You could be the most easygoing person in the world up until the precise moment you become a parent. Suddenly a giant sinkhole of awful possibilities appears out of nowhere.

5 Ways for Special Needs Families to Handle Anxiety

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

These five tips can be taught to children and adults. At this time of year, as children and their parents are frazzled with back to school, multiple extra-curricular activity schedules and homework, I think this can be especially helpful. It can be a family's lifesaver in our ever increasingly fast-paced and stressful world.

Overcoming Back-to-School Social Anxiety in the Social Media Age

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

What happens when the tools that are supposed to connect us end up segregating us and making us feel excluded? The overuse of social media and the subsequent underuse of real-world skills has resulted in difficulty for many to socialize meaningfully -- leading to feelings of loneliness, social anxiety and depression.

Advice for High Achievers as School Starts

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

When it comes to academic achievement, many high achievers run into an annoying paradox -- they are highly motivated to succeed, but the resulting anxiety and pressure actually decreases their motivation and concentration, and ultimately causes problems with achievement.

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Transforming Our Society

Charles Francis | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
Charles Francis

Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.

Arti Patel

Black Canadians Face Stigma, Silence In Fight For Mental Health Awareness | Arti Patel | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living

Illustrations by Camille Lauren June 2011 was the most difficult time of Stacy-Ann Buchanan's life. Every morning, the sun would spill in...

Arti Patel

How Yoga Can Help With Anxiety | Arti Patel | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living

It's easy to tell someone who has anxiety to relax, but it's not always easy to actually do it. People battling anxiety are often told to "Get ove...

Why Emotions Are Important When Making Decisions

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I was recently at a restaurant and overheard the patrons to my right having a discussion. One of them said: "You should never make decisions out of fear." Everyone at the table seemed to nod approvingly at this piece of advice.

How I Get Through My Sleepless Nights

Keeley Milne | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I am awake late again tonight, longtime sleep warrior that I am. Sleep and I, we have not yet found a way to comfortable exist together. I am forever hopeful. Bouts of insomnia tend to make one feel isolated, cut off from the world, so I try, these dark hours, to think of all the other people awake right now.

10 Things You Need To Know About Anxiety Disorders

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living

All of us experience anxiety from time to time, but anxiety disorders represent a more severe category of mental distress — one that can have long-t...

Our Search for Happiness Is Getting in the Way of Our Happiness

Alyson Jones | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Do we really want to feel happy all the time? Is every moment a choice to feel happy? I don't think so. In fact I think that would create an inauthentic and boring world. We need all of our emotions. They all have purpose, and they are all there to assist us in moving forward and growing in life.

A Letter to the Woman I Was One Year Ago

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Oh sweet, sad Mama. You are in the thick of it right now, and I know you can't see a way out. It's hard enough being the mom of a spirited two-year-old, but add on an unplanned pregnancy and having to put your own big plans on hiatus? It's no wonder you're feeling low, confused and scared.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Let's Force the System to Be Honest

Sandra Charron | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

This is Mental Health Awareness Week. Let's finally talk about what we really feel so that the health care system is forced to as well. Maybe what it has to say is not what we even want to hear, and we have the right to know that too.

Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health and Wellness

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

More and more patients are demanding answers to the root cause(s) of their symptoms, not wanting merely a suppressive "band-aid" approach. There are multiple factors that impact our health on a daily basis, and this couldn't be any truer when discussing mental health. Traditionally, many conditions labeled under the umbrella of "mental illness" were summed up solely as genetic or biochemical imbalances.

What Is Love? Just Ask My Mom

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I am a firm believer that while mental illnesses may be defined by some as a disability, it can also frequently enable people such as my mother and I....

Don't Be Ashamed of Me

Kendra Fisher | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Kendra Fisher

Anger is not a place I like to write from. I despise this state, the energy it takes. I understand the value of counting to 10, of being mindful and r...

Are You Ignoring Your Spiritual Alarm Clock?

Tanya Raheel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

Remember, you were once fluent in this language of the heart. It was your go-to. It was how you authentically communicated and interacted with your world and those in it. It was how you got your deepest needs met.

Five Ways to Go From Chaos to Calm

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada
Sharon Vinderine

What would happen if I could spend some of that "busy time" with non-stress related items? What if I could find a more peaceful way to start and end my day? What if I could make a few small subtle changes that could change the outlook on my day? A lot of what if's that needed a firm action plan.

How to Get Your Mojo Back After a Failure

Tanya Raheel | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

The reality is that rebounding and finding your mojo once more after a significant setback, failure or loss involves a lot more than simply "shaking it off" no matter what Taylor Swift says. It takes some essential and necessary stages and actions that if missed will keep you stuck, and stop you from learning and growing from the experience, which no matter how unpleasant is a rich opportunity for personal growth.

Mental Illnesses Are Pack Animals

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Mental illnesses are like pack animals. There is never just one without others lurking behind corners waiting to jump on us -- their weight holding us down; their teeth ripping through the flesh of our throat until we are too weak to fight back. As we lay bleeding and broken, available treatment is more difficult to reach.

#BellLet'sTalk Day: Workplaces Need to Get Serious About Mental Health

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

You may have noticed that your social media feeds have been inundated with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. That's because Bell Let's Talk day is on Wednesday, January 28. We need workplaces that value their employees' mental health. Employers need to lead by example by recognizing workplace signs of undiagnosed depression, such as difficulty making decisions, decreased productivity, inability to concentrate and any unusual increases in errors in work, just to name a few.

What Not to Say to Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To really nail the concept of what mental illness is and how it affects both those who live with it and those who live with us, here are a few tips to guide in what I hope will be an ever-growing trend to encourage communication and break down the stereotypes. So without further ado, here are things to refrain from saying to someone with mental illness.