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Tackling Mental Illness In The World's Toughest Places

Megan Radford | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

Mental illness takes a significant toll on your ability to function in any job. When you're a single mom and have the added pressure of being the sole breadwinner, depression, anxiety and PTSD can cripple your ability to cope.

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

Jen Lawrence | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

The stories we tell ourselves are the most powerful stories of all since the constant soundtrack running through our heads provides lots of reinforcement. In order for us to live our most fulfilled, happiest lives, it's important to make sure that the stories we tell ourselves are helpful. Here

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Nova Scotia Firefighter Pens Moving Song About Reality Of His Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Maham Abedi | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Impact

Kevin Davison says horrifying scenes of his job often keep him awake at night.

We Must All Work To Eliminate The Stigma Around Mental Illness

Erin O'Toole | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

On January 23rd, I learned that a good friend had taken his own life the day before. The news of his suicide quickly overwhelmed our group of friends with feelings of deep sadness and confusion. We engaged in the heartbreaking exercise of wondering what we had missed and whether we had failed our friend.

I Found The Light At The End Of My Postpartum Mood Disorder

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Postpartum mood disorders are so much more than just depression. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, the blues, manic states and, more rarely, psychosis all make up the spectrum. My own experience parallels the experience of so many, and yet has its own unique complications.

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.

Don't Blame Lionel Desmond Murder-Suicide On Male Entitlement

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

They have demonized Lionel Desmond as a typical example of male entitlement and bemoan the media portraying Lionel as a victim - when the lack of mental health services is central to this tragedy. Lionel was trying desperately to get help. Lionel was denied that help. The Desmond family is now dead.

Blame Domestic Violence, Not PTSD, For N.S. Murders: Professor

CP | Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada

Lionel Desmond killed his mother, wife, and daughter in Nova Scotia last week.

Mental Health Issues Shouldn't Overshadow Victims Of Men's Violence

Isabelle Côté | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living
Isabelle Côté

Caring for our veterans, particularly those suffering from PTSD, is undoubtedly an important issue. However, a conversation around mental health shouldn't overshadow men's violence against women and children. More concerning, shifting the narrative towards mental health and further away from men's violence make it even more difficult to hold perpetrators of similar acts of violence accountable.

'I Will Fix It': Veteran With PTSD Wrote Online Before Killing Family

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada

Lionel Desmond was found dead Tuesday, in an apparent murder-suicide.

Restricting Veterans' Medical Cannabis Will Cost Lives

Marc Davis | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Marc Davis

Whether help comes in the form of artillery fire, jet fighters, or helicopter gunships, no expense is spared to support and protect our troops when the bullets start flying. But is the federal government willing to continue to fork out $85 a day to keep each of our veterans with PTSD out of harm's way? Apparently not!

Lady Gaga Reveals She Has PTSD

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living

Two years ago the singer said she had been raped at 19, an experience that left her traumatized.

Medical Marijuana Could Help End Canada's Veteran Suicide Crisis

Marc Davis | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Former Canadian combat engineer Fabian Henry used to thrive on adrenaline - especially in combat zones - during his 12 years in the military. Now he smokes medical marijuana to avoid stressors that remind him of his most disturbing wartime experiences. And that's what now keeps him sane, he says.

Canada's Food Guide Needs To Reflect Our Microbes

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Over the last decade, researchers have gained insight into how certain gut microbes, particularly bacteria, influence our health. They have learned the mere presence of some species can affect us. Yet the majority of effects on wellness come as a result of the byproducts these organisms make.

How Animal Therapy Can Change Lives

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Get Leashed Magazine

While physical disabilities like blindness more obviously demonstrate the need for a service dog, the animals can be trained to serve a host of people with invisible illnesses as well. These service dogs learn how to respond to mental health issues including PTSD and social anxiety; detect silent conditions like irregular heartbeats or blood sugar levels; and provide emotional support for victims of sexual abuse.

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.

PTSD In The Wake Of Abuse Is A Reality For Many Women

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Teal Swan was only six years old when she found herself in the hands of her abuser and forced into a nightmarish world that a lot of people were unwilling (or unable) to believe. For the better part of 13 years, she was was raped, beaten and psychologically tortured by people who she was told to trust.

Beyond The Stigma Of Mental Illness Lies The Real Us

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Is there anything more tragic than going through life "unseen," feeling crushingly alone despite being in community? That's exactly what living with the stigma of compromised mental health feels like.

Resilience Is Found In 'The Return'

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

A few years ago, I disclosed to my wife that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse -- a secret I thought I would harbor in my soul until the day I died. What is someone to do when the person they so dearly love shares such searing pain with them?

Toronto Air Show Triggers The Trauma Of War

Craig Damian Smith | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig Damian Smith

Welcoming refugees into our communities implies a responsibility to provide a safe environment for rehabilitation and integration. Yet this weekend thousands of our neighbours will be exposed to trauma in a spectacle many of us would do away with in the first place. The air show is nothing like a charity bike ride. In a city with a large population of refugee newcomers and people who have experienced the trauma of war it is insulting, invasive, and violent.

When You Don't Want to Believe He Did It

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

We see celebrities who we admire as "friends". We support their work, we cheer them on, and we ardently defend them when someone makes an accusation against them. In the eyes of millions of people, Johnny Depp is a hero, an onscreen buddy, and who wants to believe that your best film buddy abused his wife?

► Life, Death, And Service In The Canadian Forces

Salute | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

Four stories of life, death, and service in the Canadian Forces.

Discrimination Against People With Service Dogs Is Sadly Still A Thing

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

You'd think that the most difficult thing about being a blind triathlete is being blind. But in fact it's not. The most difficult thing about being a blind triathlete is having to deal with the blindness of sighted people's attitudes.

Living With Cancer And Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

The dark fear of living with cancer is like living with death on your horizon. For a long time I let myself feel like that was a certainty. First, before chemotherapy I took a stance of come what may. Since then, I've taken a more active line in trying to move away, and pursue a better, longer life. The truth was that until the appointments of this month I still had no long term vision. I was constantly repeating in my subconscious that radiation therapy was coming, to not be irrational and look into the future,but to stick in this moment and deal with it.

A Low Income Shouldn't Cost Ontarians Their Health

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Impact
Dr. Joshua Tepper

While the incomes of Canada's wealthiest are increasing, the absolute wealth of our poorest is decreasing. As this gap grows, so too do the differences in people's health risks, care and outcome. The poorer people are in Ontario, the more likely they are to have shorter lifespans, to be overdue for screening tests and to suffer from multiple chronic health conditions.