Mental Health Issues

Would You Expose Your Darkest Secrets For a Documentary?

Angela Hartlin | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a film crew to follow you day in and day out, documenting your daily rituals all in an effort to create a successful film? I have a chronic condition called Dermatillomania, which has left me scarred and disfigured on the outside, alienated and "different" on the inside.

Axe Attack On Hornby Island

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. firefighter who was attacked by a man with an axe on Hornby Island is using the incident to raise awareness about mental illness. Doug Chinn...

Maybe What Rob Ford Needs is Proper Treatment -- And Compassion

Zoe Kessler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Zoe Kessler

The current crisis in Toronto's city hall might well serve as a reminder that as a society, we have a long way to go in understanding the impact of mental health when lives go awry on the public stage. We also have yet to achieve consensus as to what might constitute a compassionate, pragmatic response in such cases.

Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

At long last, people are talking about postpartum depression. Dismissed for years as no more than a touch of the baby blues (or else unheard of entirely), PPD has become an open subject. But despite this progress, postpartum depression remains misunderstood in one very critical regard: namely, that it's something that only happens to, and thus only adversely affects, mothers.

How Mental Health Conditions Are Dismissed By Family and Friends

Sarah Robertson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Sarah Robertson

Someone who suffers with any form of a diagnosed mental health condition such as anxiety, bi-polar disorder or depression, are usually not able to be as open with their family, friends or workplace. There are no predictions to how someone will feel when they wake up in the morning. Many times people are patted on the back and told they are just having a bad day, or to pretty much suck it up.

A Real-Life Example of Living Triumphantly With Bipolar Disorder

Nichola Petts | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living
Nichola Petts

Leslie Bennett is an intelligent, open-minded and highly-accomplished businesswoman who has fought the good fight with bipolar I -- and is now thriving. At one point, because of Bennett's manic episode, she had convinced herself that the people coming to visit her were not her family, but clones of them.

Addressing Family Issues in a Fast-Paced World

Stephen Rosenfield | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Living
Stephen Rosenfield

If we want families to get the help and support they need, we need to make it faster and easier for them to find that help. While we can't speed up the time it takes to properly address the issues facing a family, we can speed up the process of finding out how to begin with new models. That's where technology comes in.

'Get Past The Stigma' Of Mental Health, Says Health Minister

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Canada needs to deal with the stigma surrounding mental health issues before it can go on to tackle funding questions, says federal Health Mi...

Real Soldiers Don't Get PTSD

Aviva Rubin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpgTurns out the Department of National Defence is eliminating the jobs of medical professionals involved in suicide prevention and monitoring post-traumatic stress disorders. Aren't these cuts a little short-sighted?