Canada Depression

Making Sense of a Psychologist's Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

We think, perhaps, we could have done something differently -- made a move or said the right words that might have tipped the balance in favour of life. Death is not easy on a regular basis, but it becomes tainted and shame-faced when described as a suicide. It's as if we, the survivors, have somehow failed to do our part.

5 Things People with Mental Illnesses Can Do

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I've realized that false representations of mental illnesses are more common than the promotion of their actuality. In order to smash some of the misconceptions about mental illness and the people who live with them, read on to find out what people with mental illness can actually do.

People With Mental Illness Need a Say in Their Own Future

Arthur Gallant | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

People with lived experience like myself have historically been excluded from being on the same committees, councils and boards as the people who are in charge of making decisions that will affect and impact people like us the most. After many years of waiting, we're finally starting to see organizations comprised solely of people with lived experience and -- even more rarely -- bodies with representation from patients, their families and healthcare professionals. It has always puzzled me as to how you could have committees and councils dedicated to patients with mental illness without having anybody from their community on them -- and it appears those who are working to improve Canada's health system are realizing this as well.

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.

The Reversal of Fortune Survival Guide

Jen Lawrence | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Recently, a friend asked me if I could help a neighbor whose life had fallen apart. I have the bittersweet reputation of being someone who's lived through some soul-shattering events and has managed to stay vertical, so she thought I might be able to offer some comfort and advice.

Stigma of Mental Illness Cuts Deeper For Canada's Aboriginal People

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Sandra Charron

I recently attended a mental health first aid course in order to further educate myself on the various mental illness disorders, the consequences of their severity and their overall prevalence in the population -- My eyes were opened to an entire population of our Canadian people whose rate of suicide was too horrifying to further ignore. As statistics related to aboriginal suicides were listed, I realized that this war being waged against the stigma of mental illness is but one of the many battles that will need to be addressed honestly in order to understand the magnitude of the affliction our mentally ill population is facing. As communities of aboriginals are fighting an invisible disease, society can dismiss the reality of the stigma by citing drugs and alcohol as the weak link in this people's history.

A Letter to My Younger Self on Understanding Suicide

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Life is for the living. In the years to come you will wake thinking about your son and not his suicide. In accepting loss, your mind will search for memories of life before depression and suicide became part of your lexicon. There will be much work to do in your son's name and in support of youth suicide prevention.

I'm Living Through the Highs and Lows of Bipolar Disorder

Sana Ahmed | Posted 08.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

My name is Sana. I am 31 years old, mother to a little baby girl, and wife to a major techie. I'm also a writer, journalist and artist. And, as much as I dislike the usage of labels, you can add another label to my being. I am bipolar. Everyone's experience with their disorder is different, much like how we, as individuals, are so unique. I no longer want to be ashamed of being bipolar.

Four Years Later, Wade Belak's Suicide Still Weighs Heavily on Me

Michael Landsberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Living
Michael Landsberg

He told me he was fine. He wasn't. Wade's suicide represents a failure of some kind to me. I'm not sure what. I just know that we were friends -- not best friends, but special friends. Special, because we were bonded by the knowledge of each other's illness. Bonded the way undercover cops might be. Why didn't he reach out to me? Had I not instilled in him enough confidence that I "got it?" I wrote about my guilt shortly after his death. In an article for I referred to my guilt as "blood on my hands."

This Website Aims to Help Men Struggling With Depression

Alison Tedford | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

The design is clean, sleek and inviting. It discusses emotional content without emasculating the reader in a very cool, practical way. It's an electronic representation of talking to your best buddy who knows a few things about mental health.

Please Don't Tell Me You Can Cure My Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Writing about mental illness invites information -- sometimes informed, sometimes not so informed -- from people who will claim that they too once suffered from depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, bipolar types I or II, schizophrenia; and will claim to have the cure to one or all of these.

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.

I Don't Feel Like a Widow, But I Am One

Robin Summerfield | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

The truth is I don't feel 44 and I don't feel like a widow. I feel married and 80-years-old. In the past four years, I have aged tremendously, both physically, emotionally and mentally. And in my mind, I am still married. Mike has just been gone a little more than a month.

I'm a Canadian Who Suffers From Mental Ilness - And I'm far From Alone

Brittany Dempster | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Brittany Dempster

I recall sitting on the ground at the back of a church in a crouched position. Tears flowed down my face as I whimpered. It was one of those days again -- a day that I did not want to see or talk to anyone; a day that I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up again.

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...

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.

Why Is It So Hard To Find An Antidepressant That Works?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

My sister suffers from depression and she has been prescribed several different antidepressant medications. While she feels marginally improved, her doctor is about to start her on a new drug to see if she can do better. Why is it so hard for some patients to find the "right" antidepressant?

I've Learned to Live With PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

My name is Jean-Paul, and I am in treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Hearing me say that usually elicits one of two responses in people -- abject pity or recoiling fear. I want you to know that I understand where you're coming from, but allow me a few minutes to see if we can change this dialogue.

My Kids Stopped Me From Committing Suicide

BLUNTmoms | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents

The plan was to drive off the neighbourhood bridge. It had one of those flimsy corrugated steel side rails at the bottom of a steep hill and curve. I always felt those railings were only a token effort to protect against plans such as this. I had spent the morning running errands and my two-year-old was fast asleep in her car seat in the back. I had installed that seat with the help of a police officer and I knew it was secure and designed to protect on impact. I could see her in my rearview mirror and had a moment of doubt thinking of what I would miss out on.

Improve Your Workplace for Employees With Mental Health Issues

Shekhar Parmar | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Shekhar Parmar

As a business owner, my employees' health and well-being is important to me. I know that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Here are a few suggestions on what we all can do to make our workplaces better for those who are living with mental health issues and in turn increase productivity.

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.

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 06.17.2015 | 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.