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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.

This Training May Work As Well As Anti-Depressants

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Living

A form of mental training which helps people recognize the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relaps...

Sometimes Travel Is About Accepting Loneliness

Meghan Rose MacIver | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Travel
Meghan Rose MacIver

Feeling alone is my hardest struggle, much more than facing the unknown. But loneliness is a near constant during travel. We all feel lonely however, even in our regular lives. Travelling has also taught me how universal it is, how eternal and essential it is to come together.

6 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone Coping With Depression

Kiesha Frue | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kiesha Frue

As someone who has had depression for years, I have been in several situations where I've tried to exchange words with someone who clearly didn't understand how to talk with me when I was in one of my "down" days; it was both unproductive for them and harmful to me.

Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health and Wellness

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 04.22.2015 | 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.

Social Change Requires More Than Just a Retweet

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Elisa Birnbaum

Bell Let's Talk Day inspired active online engagement, attracted celebrity endorsements and the attention of media, all the while raising vital charitable dollars. But a one-day social media event is not enough to significantly move the needle away from ignorance, fear and silence. After all, what happens the next day, and the day after that? Social change requires more than a social media plan. It requires a long-term sustainable strategy. Because in our content-rich, highly distracted world, passion is sometimes overrun by profit, causes are sidestepped by things like limited overhead and the desire to stay current fuels an unyielding need to move onto the next big thing.

What Is Love? Just Ask My Mom

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.15.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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...

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.

What It's Like Living With Depression

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Living

It follows you to work, it sits with you when you have dinner, and at the end of the night, it sleeps right next to you in bed. It's depression, and i...

Get Over the February Blahs With These Tips

Shannon Skinner | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

I tend to hibernate more and by the end of February I'm going squirrelly. By now, I need an attitude adjustment. My guess is that others do, too. Here are some ways to get over the February blahs and cabin fever, as we go into the last stretch of winter.

Caregivers Often Get Depressed, but There's an App for That

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Impact
AlzLIVE

Because of the tremendous load caregivers sometimes take on, they are more likely than their non-carer counterparts to develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These websites and apps aim to make those days more manageable.

Why I Don't Like The Term 'Mental Illness'

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I have to admit something embarrassing. I am a registered psychologist working in private practice, and I don't know what the term mental illness means. Well, on a general level I know that it refers to psychological problems, but I don't know exactly what is meant by the "illness" part.

Why Everyone Must Think of Mental Illness as an Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Sadly, those who are closed-minded to the reality of depression as an actual illness will be the ones who will find information about mental illness unwelcome, unnecessary and imaginary.

I Am Ashamed to Speak of My Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I am fortunate enough to have doctors who are acknowledging my mental illness and treating it. The problem, however, is mine. My issue. I am ashamed of my disorders.

Burned Out at Work? Listen to Your Heart

Shannon Skinner | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

So you've lost that lovin' feeling for your work. You feel stressed, overwhelmed and a lack of joy you once felt for your job, career or business. When you wake up in the morning, you dread at worst, or are indifferent at best, for what the day will bring. You might even be feeling powerless to continue on the path of making your dreams come true. If this sounds familiar, know you are not alone.

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.

Why Canadians Can't Rely on Current Mental Health Treatment Programs

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Paul Kurdyak

Mental illness is one of the biggest predictors of inequitable access to care in this country. We know that having a mental illness means that you are far less likely to get the healthcare you need than someone without a mental illness and that mental illness is a bigger predictor of poor access to care than low income.

Canadian Author Terezia Farkas: Bell Let's Talk Day Is About Hope

Terezia Farkas | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Bell Let's Talk day is about hope. It gives you a chance to take off your mask and talk about your pain. It allows you to mourn the loss of who you were and to say, "It's okay I'm like this now." It cracks open the darkness for a minute and gives you hope by letting you realize there are people who've made it out to the other side.

#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.

The Conversations We Should All Have on Bell Let's Talk Day

Sarah Robertson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

It's the most wonderful time of the year for Canadian mental health advocates! Wednesday, January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day. On Bell Let's Talk Day, conversations will be taking place online, in homes, schools, and offices across the country. All wonderful, but, will you be participating in these discussions by sharing your personal experiences? Many people won't.

One Young Woman's Story of Depression, Self-Harm and Hope

Terezia Farkas | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Erin Farkas is a smart, articulate young woman who's been through depression's grinder. She wants to help other young people fighting depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts. In 2014, Erin posted a YouTube video talking about her struggles with anxiety, depression, self-harm and bullying.

Breaking Down Mental Health Barriers in Africa

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Stanley Kutcher was stumped. The psychiatry professor from Halifax's Dalhousie University was in Malawi to develop a mental health program for rural communities when he learned from the locals that there was no word in Chichewa for depression. How do you diagnose and treat an illness that doesn't linguistically exist?

No Pill Can Cure Mental Health Stigma

Marisa Lancione | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Marisa Lancione

If you are among the lucky population who does react well to medication, taking a pill may allow you to work through the problems you're facing in therapy and hopefully you won't have to be on medication for the rest of your life. But the reality is that for some of us suffering from chronic mental illness, therapy isn't enough.