Canada Depression

Depression Isn't A Personality Flaw

Ashleigh-Rae Thomas | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Ashleigh-Rae Thomas

When I was going through it, and if I'm being honest, I still am, I felt utterly alone. The symptoms of depression sometimes present themselves as flaws. I kept thinking if I adjusted my attitude or if I weren't such a bad person then I would feel better. Because we think it's something we've done or that it's our fault, we don't seek treatment. Too many of us aren't reaching out for help when we're experiencing these things.

Dear Duchess Kate, Let's Rewrite The Story On Kids' Mental Health

Linnie von Sky | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Linnie von Sky

I lift my fascinator in fascination of your efforts to advocate so publicly for the candid mental health conversation. It is one we need to encourage and one we owe a social responsibility to facilitate. We need to speak out so our children dare to do so sooner.

Response To Depression Revelation 'Overwhelming': Liberal MP

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Politics

Celina Caesar-Chavannes says some of the feedback has made her sad.

I Was One Of The Many Students Facing Depression And Anxiety

David Easey | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
David Easey

The winter semester has just ended, and instead of feeling relaxed and elated, I feel tense, exhausted and utterly tortured. The last few months of university had proven to be extremely challenging for me. I could barely manage to stay afloat. The pressure felt overwhelming, and the cracks in my life were becoming fissures.

Depression Is More Than Being Sad

Kendall Surratt | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Kendall Surratt

It wasn't until I attended college that I realized depression wasn't just being sad all the time. As I began to realize and track my symptoms, I learned that my most intense symptom is lack of motivation. When my depression hits, there's no such thing as motivation anymore. It's instant, and I do not get a say. My class attendance drops, homework will sit undone for days, and deadlines will be missed.

A Positive Mindset Helped Me Lose Over Half My Body Weight

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

I was verbally bullied about my weight throughout school. The weight started increasing exponentially while I was in high school. That is when it started impacting my moods and the way I looked at life... I did not want to be around my friends and I started isolating myself. I became physically sick with stomach problems, mentally sick and looked down upon myself. I hit rock bottom.

Suicide Prevention: I Want Other Families To Know What Ours Didn't

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Our lives have been irrevocably impacted by the loss of our son; a grief that is almost impossible to put into words. Stigma in part prevented our son from seeking support which would have perhaps led him to understand that his depression was the result of many factors. We cannot change our history but as survivors of suicide loss we can channel our grief into changing lives. We can be part of ending stigma forever and be a force in the evolving suicide prevention conversation. As a country we can move from awareness to action and saving lives. In my son's honour I will continue to advocate for youth suicide prevention so other families' understand what our family could not.

Case Of The Blues Or Teen Depression? Know The Signs

Alyson Schafer | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Schafer

We all have ups and downs. Some people are very moody and emotionally intense. How does a parent separate the normal swings of a youth's tumultuous life from a real depression that needs treatment?

Here's Why Social Media Harms Your Teen's Mental Health

Robert Whitley | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Robert Whitley

What is the impact of social media usage on the mental health of young people? This is a pressing question for psychiatric researchers, who have conducted rigorous studies on the topic. These studies produce consistent findings: heavy utilization of social media is associated with poorer mental health.

I'm An MP And I'm Among Those Who Struggle With Depression

Celina Caesar-Chavannes | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Celina Caesar-Chavannes

I believe in the power of storytelling and owning your story. Owning my depression is my therapy. Talking about it, in my opinion, gives others permission to talk about mental health as well. Not everybody is able to be vulnerable and express themselves, but I am, and so, I do!

My Son Paid The Ultimate Price For His Depression

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Lynn Keane

For months now we have been like detectives trying to make sense of the senseless. In the midst of our pain we are sorting out his life. Professionals have told us that we are mourning the loss of two sons -- the Daniel we cherished and the Daniel who lived with depression. He carried his hurt so well we were unable to help him. Our aching hearts do not understand as yet what our thoughtful minds are telling us. Daniel paid the ultimate price for his depression and now we are forced to live in a world without him.

I Strive To Make My Classroom A Safe Space For Students

Lizanne Foster | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lizanne Foster

There's no need to list all the ways that many public schools can be inhospitable places for students. Not only is there the physical discomfort of sitting for hours each day but there is also the navigating of a range of emotional gauntlets: the whispered comments in the hallways, the judgements about clothes, the betrayal of "friends" on Facebook.

Not Everyone Who Practices Yoga Is Happy (And That's Okay)

Rachel Scott | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

I'm going to share a secret with you: most of your yoga teachers don't do yoga because they are naturally happy, benevolent, and grounded. They are teachers because they also need the practice.

University Life Can Be 'Very Lonely,' According To Students

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living

Remember, no one is exempt from feeling lonely at times.

Millennial Mentoring Helps Young Adults Navigate Mental Illness

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Suicide rates are so high these days. Everyone is looking for ways to deal with this. I want to share with you a way to mentor millennials towards better mental health by learning a new way to connect, communicate and care.

Mental Illness And Teens: It Impacts Every One Of Us

Amy Gibson | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Amy Gibson

The fact is, mental illness impacts more of us than we realize. Sadly, only one out of five children who need mental health services receives them. That is heartbreaking and unacceptable. So many Canadian youth are struggling with depression and anxiety, and far too many aren't getting help. Too many young lives have been cut short. Madeline Grace German Coulter was one of them. That is why today The Huffington Post Canada is launching Frame Of Mind, a new blog series inspired by The Maddie Project that will focus on teens and mental health.

To Teens In The Darkness: Tomorrow Needs You, We All Need You

Glen Canning | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Glen Canning

For me, when I was seventeen, I stood in our garage and looked around to see which beam would hold my weight. I don't know what stopped me. I've thought of suicide since Rehtaeh's death. Being in love has seen me through. If you're a young person dealing with thoughts of suicide, please know -- tomorrow is worth sticking around for. Tomorrow will be better and this will pass. Tomorrow needs you. Find something to hold on to. A pet. A garden. Wanting to see a movie. Find something to hold onto and know life is worth sticking around for. This will pass. You'll be OK. In your darkest moment, say to yourself, "Not today. Tomorrow needs me. I need to see what it brings." Tomorrow needs you. We all need you.

How I Discovered My Strength In The Throes Of Mental Illness

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

The thing is, I have always been sad and worried. It's stuck on me like gray toned glitter -- it clouds everything I do and no matter what I do it's never fully gone. When I realized I was different from other kids, I didn't know what to do. I was always sad and worried. Worried that people would notice me for being different and make fun of me. Sad because even when I tried to fit it -- I always felt like I couldn't do it right.

Why I Talk About My Depression (And You Should Too)

Andrew Jensen | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Andrew Jensen

We all hurt, we all struggle, we all suffer, so why should someone with a mental illness be shamed into a silent closet because they are "weak" or need "toughen up". Is the pain of a broken limb more credible than the pain of a broken upbringing? I was raised believing that physical pain is real and emotional pain is temporary and shouldn't last longer than the time it takes to "shake it off" and "focus on the positive". This wasn't my parents fault, nor was it my friends fault, or my teachers fault, or anyone's fault. It was simply the way things were.

I Believe My Daughter Killed Herself To End Our Misery

The Maddie Project | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
The Maddie Project

Maddie's last act was one of selflessness and not of selfishness. That is my belief substantiated by the tears that have flowed endlessly since that fateful night. We are not even close to understanding how these angels feel or the pain that they must be enduring. We must start to hold these delicate youths with greater compassion and not with misunderstanding and trepidation.

The Aggravating, Complicated And Lovable Teenage Brain

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Why do some teens find those years more challenging than others? Why do some teens make ridiculous, dangerous or inexplicable choices? One significant factor is rooted in brain development, a critical aspect of normal maturation. Unfortunately, sometimes brain development goes awry during adolescence resulting in mental illness.

The Stigma Against Depression Hurts Us All

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

Talking about mental health, especially depression, is still highly stigmatized. In a society that values achievements as a sign of success, tackling the topic of depression seems daunting to many of us. In the public's mind, it is connected to ideas of weakness and laziness. Those suffering from depression are aware of this too -- which often keeps them from seeking help.

Are Your Alternative Cures Helpful Or Hooey?

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

It pains me to hear the nonsense my patients are subjected to by sometimes well-meaning, yet utterly uninformed, self-taught mental health experts. Their lack of scientific training is merely a preamble ("I'm no doctor but..."). They speak with enthusiasm and authority as they peddle supplements, homeopathic tinctures, detox enemas and antioxidant smoothies, with the goal of liberating my patients from their evidence-based treatments and dollars from their wallets.

5 Tips For A Happier State Of Mind

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've made no secret of the fact that I am someone who has a history with depression and eating disorders; in fact I've written about this here and her...

The Revitalizing Power Of Having Sunlight In Your Life

Leah Morrigan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

In the spring and summer, people are happier and spend more time outside, not only for the warm weather, but I believe, for the light. For me, there is nothing more energizing and uplifting than sunlight.When bright light enters our eyes, serotonin production is increased, and this makes us feel happy and alert.