Canada Depression

Canada Needs Comprehensive Child Mental Health Strategies

Mariette J. Chartier | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living
Mariette J. Chartier

Each one of us knows a child or a teen who is struggling with either depression, anxiety, an addiction or a behavioural disorder like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Mental illness not only causes high levels of distress in children, but can also interfere in significant and real ways with their lives.

Why We All Need To Talk About Mental Illness

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Even though I currently find myself on the other side of depression, I am ever so aware of how thin that veil is between me and fragile mental health. It's times like these, when I'm feeling my strongest, that I realize how important it is to bring depression to the fore.

Living With Depression And Empathy As A Non-Binary Trans Person

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

We need each other. We need these connections to survive and we need to talk about mental illness to share light and hope. We need to stop stigmatizing mental illness. We need to survive mental illness. You need to survive it. You have to keep moving. Keep fighting. Keep dreaming.

These Gifts Will Instantly Lift Your Mood

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Living

#TreatYoSelf

A Message To Anyone Going Through A Tough Time

Adrian Wesley | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada
Adrian Wesley

It is Saturday night and I am rebounding on my mini trampoline (so good for the body and mind), watching a movie on www.Gaia.com. The main character j...

Choose Joy By Choosing To Exercise

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I stay on my fitness horse by reminding myself that movement is a privilege and that the future Me will ALWAYS be happier if I move. The understanding that exercise positively affects my mood has informed my entire fitness philosophy. In fact, improving my mood is typically the primary reason I train.

Single Bell Rock

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

I think Carrie Bradshaw said it best: "Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you're pretty sexy and you're taking your time d...

The Dark Side Of Social Media For Kids And Teens

Dax Hamman | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Dax Hamman

The vast majority of teens say social media helps them be more connected to the feelings of their friends and their lives. It's also a way they get support when facing difficult times. On the other hand, "stirring up drama" is the way 70 per cent of teens report their peers behave on social media.

Naomi Judd Reveals She's Battling Depression

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living

“What I’ve been through is extreme."

I Love My Children, But I'm So Tired And Angry All The Time

Christine Johnson | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Christine Johnson

Shouldn't I be happy? I have three healthy children, I have a wonderful husband, I have supportive friends and family, I have a roof over my head and a vehicle to drive, yet I'm so full of anger, so much anger. Every night I am mad at myself for yelling at my children, for losing my cool for reasons that don't warrant such anger.

We Should Be Talking About Men's Mental Health

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

When it comes to Movember and men's health, the focus has typically been on prostate and testicular cancer. However, there is another common male medical condition that has been relatively overlooked: depression. Clinical depression is a costly and debilitating condition that affects approximately five per cent of the Canadian population in any given year, and 10 per cent of Canadians over the course of a lifetime.

The Real Reason Why I Write

Cheryl Muir | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
Cheryl Muir

Writing saved my life. Without it, I wouldn't be here. It's really that simple. While that may sound a little somber, stay with me as I elaborate. ...

Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

I was anxiety-ridden throughout my entire pregnancy and I suffered from awful depression and anxiety after my baby was born. Obviously I should have been on meds throughout my pregnancy, but my OBGYN didn't know I was suffering from perinatal anxiety. I didn't know.

Talking About Suicide

Anna Pearson | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Anna Pearson

As September marked National Suicide Prevention Month, it is important to raise awareness about suicide by helping educate others and eliminate current misconceptions.

Prepare Now To Avoid SAD This Winter

Kathy Smart | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Smart

It's critical that we start thinking about the effects of our long and dark winters on us now, so that we can take the steps needed to ward off the very real mental health challenges that can arise as part and parcel of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Is An Emotional Support Animal Right For You?

Kendall Surratt | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Kendall Surratt

An emotional support animal is exactly what the name says: an animal who provides emotional support. It's something I had heard about from college friends who wanted an excuse to keep a furry friend in their apartment, but I never thought it was a legitimate thing.

For All Those Who Feel Hopeless, It Gets Better

The Maddie Project | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
The Maddie Project

If there is someone reading this who is in that dark place of having a plan -- a plan of how they want to exit this life and when they want to exit it. Please wait and listen to me when I tell you that these thoughts are not with you forever. I know they are excruciatingly painful, but they do pass. I promise you they pass. I promise you are worthy, and that you are not alone. You are loved. You are strong. You are beautiful. You are brave.

How I Manage The Darkness Of Depression As A Pro Athlete

Andrew Jensen | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Living
Andrew Jensen

The key to my mental health isn't just one thing. It's a combination of many factors all playing an important part in keeping me healthy. Contrary to popular belief, strong mental health isn't just "toughening up," "smiling more," or "staying positive." Let's give the brain a little more credit, it's a far more complex machine than something to solely run on cliché and ignorance.

A Mother's Love Isn't Always Enough To Prevent Suicide

The Maddie Project | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
The Maddie Project

Suicide is hard. It is hard to even say the word let alone imagine that someone close to you might think that is the only path forward is to take their own life. It's hard to relate, surreal on many levels. But take a minute to imagine. Imagine losing one of the people you love the most by suicide. Does your stomach drop, your heart race, tears come to your eyes or even fear race through your bones?

What I Mean When I Say 'I Suffer From Depression'

Anna Pearson | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Anna Pearson

The first person I told asked me, "What does that even mean, to have a mental illness?" I struggled to explain how I felt. That was three years ago. Today, I think I have a better grasp on what it means to live with a mental illness. So now I'll finally try to answer that question.

When Constant Anxiety Takes Over My Life, I Just Keep Trying

Kendall Surratt | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
Kendall Surratt

These thoughts I have are irrational and uncontrollable. They're more than overthinking, and they're more than overanalyzing. Most people will tell me to "stop overthinking" or "if you're trying so hard, you shouldn't have this anxiety." Believe me, if I could stop them willingly, I would. But for now, trying is all I can do.

This Is How You Become A Better Friend

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Investing in friendships is part of a finding a healthy balance in life. We care for and enjoy our friends, but sometimes we might forget to think about how we can secure and grow our friendships. Any sort of investment requires some time and thought. Maintaining friendships requires effort, but when we look at the health benefits of friendships, this effort is worth it.

What I Know About PTSD I Didn't Learn In Medical School

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The diagnosis of PTSD requires that a person has "...experienced, witnessed or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others." The traumatic event must provoke intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

Workplace Depression Is Real

Emily C. Johnson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Business
Emily C. Johnson

My alarm rings, I try to wake up and go out of bed but... I can't: my body feels like a heavy sandbag forced down to the mattress, my mind races, and my eyes traitorously well up with tears. The first emotion is fear. Not that I can't get up but that I could be late for work. I try to leave my bed again. No luck. And yet, my mental block doesn't prevent me from calling to a boss and asking for one day off for health reasons. Depression. It's real.

I Know You Will Make It Through Your Struggle With Depression

Brittany Krystantos | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Brittany Krystantos

I get your feelings. You feel so unimportant. Like nothing you do is right. You feel like you're judged for something you can't change. You feel like you can't trust anyone, even your parents of all people. You are told you're too young to make a difference, and I disagree completely!