#Support

Do You Struggle With Asking For Help Like I Do?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I can ask for help in the office, on the street and at home with no problem at all. But I struggle with asking for a hug when I need one, for understanding and patience, or for emotional support when I'm dealing with an issue I don't know how to deal with.

Finding Normalcy In The Face Of Cancer

Valerie DeBaie | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Valerie DeBaie

Looking back on my life, I never would have guessed how important my everyday joys and routines were to me. Now that my husband and I have experienced life without them, I understand the significance of cherishing life and what you have; living in the moment. This was especially clear to me when I was diagnosed with cancer.

Social Media Has Given People Suffering Mental Illness A Voice

Charles Benayon | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living
Charles Benayon

There was a time when people were encouraged to hide their mental illness from the world, due to stigma and shame. Now, there are hundreds of online support communities that want people to share their mental health stories and show them they are not alone.

Have A Happy Dysfunctional Christmas

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

It was 1991 and my first Christmas in my new home after my emotionally draining divorce. We lived in a depressed area. My family was 400 km away. I was struggling financially with a small business, helping in the community where I could, while nurturing my four-year-old who had some health challenges.

I'm Trying To Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Dina Pestonji | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

Writing a memoir has forced me to expose all the areas of my life that are painful, humiliating, embarrassing that I had chosen to keep hidden from the world. I've had to acknowledge the areas of my life that I was ashamed of and realize the many (many!) mistakes I've made along the way.

It's Time We Stop Judging Childbirth

Georgia Morley | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Georgia Morley

I believe we need to shift in how women -- and society -- classify giving birth. We need to spend more time encouraging women to embrace their unique experiences. We need to concentrate on educating women on what the body actually does as well as different methods of birthing and various outcomes -- without judgment.

End The Heartbreaking Silence Around Miscarriage And Loss

Lindsay Forsey | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Forsey

I hear this same deeply unsettling story again and again from women who experience loss. Women who are left with a profound sense of loneliness and isolation. So, let's talk. If you know someone who has experienced a miscarriage, later pregnancy or infant loss, here are three things you should do.

When It Comes To Mental Health, Love Goes A Long Way

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

When living with a mental illness, you feel scared and alone. You might have the best support system around you but you still feel like there is no one. It feels like nobody understands what is going through your mind and you are living in this dark scary world. You end up pushing away your family and friends. You become selfish and you don't care how you treat other people and how your actions affect them.

Talking About Suicide At Work Shouldn't Be Taboo

Monique Caissie | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Having worked in suicide prevention, I know that making suicide and suicide ideation taboo plays a part in suicide statistics. Just like Mental Illness has been coming out of the closet in the last few years, suicides can be prevented when it is destigmatized and talked about. We have anti-bullying legislation talk about workplace harassment. But suicide or suicide ideation and mental illness are too often off the table.

Are You An Armchair Critic?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

We criticize the athletes' outfits, the colour of their hair, their body art and especially their performance. "Oh, he planted his foot too early on that hurdle!" or "She needs to get a better start so she doesn't fade in the last 20 metres!" and so on. What gives us the right to criticize them? Why do we assume that we "know better"? And more importantly, why do we do this at work, too?

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.

Parents, We All Need A Little Support Sometimes

Amanda Brennan | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Amanda Brennan

Everyone struggles. Some struggle more than others, but that doesn't mean we can't support other parents. If someone tells you about their problem, no matter how silly or trivial you think it is compared to your own, or what other people deal with, support them. Lift them up. Say you understand how hard it must be for them, and acknowledge their feelings.

What Can We Do After Orlando?

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

Love is doing acts of service and kindness. That goodness, compassion, generosity of spirit is a kind of light. And the more light we share on this planet with one another the more darkness is diminished.... We love by showing compassion, tolerance and acceptance as we strive for peaceful co-existence with one another.

Dear Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau

Amanda Brennan | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Amanda Brennan

Society seems to have an issue when a woman asks for help. Women are supposed to be superheroes. We're supposed to do it all and we're supposed to smile and make it look easy. We're supposed to be perfect mothers, wives, friends, employees and citizens, and we're not supposed to admit that we can't do it without a little help.

9 Ways To Form Your Personal Board Of Directors

Jen Lawrence | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

I have a group of women in my life who can draw on their personal and professional expertise to advise me on everything from decorating to divorce law to the DSM-5. In turn, I'm the go-to person on moving, critical thinking, and how to source a vintage designer bag. I've found that it's so much easier to "do life together" and draw on each other's experience, than for each of us to try to master everything on our own.

We Could All Be Chase Martens' Mom

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Campbell

I could see my four-year-old son playing on the slide, but my two-year-old son was out of sight -- not unusual as we had a very large, gated yard. I didn't even have time to cover myself before a woman came around the corner, a look of fury on her face and my two-year-old on her hip. "DO YOU KNOW WHERE I JUST FOUND YOUR CHILD?" she screeched.

Good Genes Or Bad, Your Health May Be Influenced By Your Partner

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A new study claims that those we share our lives with, our spouses and partners, have a much greater influence on our health- and fitness status, regardless how genetically programmed we are. The more decisive factors, it seems, are the choices we make in connection with other adults.

Sharing My Mental Health Story Was Tougher Than Olympic Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I felt like I was daring myself to cross some arbitrary line in the sand, and once I did, there would be no turning back. Canadians' perceptions of who I was, and certainly their knowledge of my life story, would be forever altered. Even if only a few dozen people heard my story, it felt big to share personally and publicly.

Running From Trauma Led Me To A Life Of Advocacy

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For my entire life, I've been on the run -- at first it was as a child, "running away" from the violent and daily physical abuse that took place behind closed doors in my home. From that moment onward, I kept everything inside of me, and around me, off in the distance. And thus began many years of escape that came in the form of a destructive alcohol and drug addiction.

TransCanada Must Believe In Santa Claus

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

In a press release dated Dec. 18, TransCanada announced that "support for Energy East is growing across Canada." Did I read that right, or is this merely a wish list that TransCanada has sent to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? TC seems to believe that social acceptability is on the rise!

Peer Support Can Provide What A Doctor Cannot

Kayla Creighton | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Living
Kayla Creighton

I've been suffering from a condition called Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU) for 15 years and I've always found something was missing: peer support. While the disease is quite rare, it does not mean support shouldn't exist for these rare people.

How To Support A Friend Struggling With Infertility

Amy Gibson | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

Cancer. Death. Divorce. Miscarriage. Infertility. What these experiences all have in common is that they make people clam up. People often don't know how to respond, what to say, what to do or how to react. So often, people don't respond. They don't say anything. They don't do anything. They don't react. And that is wrong. Some would argue that everyone is dealing with their own stuff and don't have the bandwidth to take on other people's problems. But if everyone's head is down and people are only worried about themselves, that is a sad and cynical statement about society. Are people really that busy that they can't be supportive of others?

My Chronic Skin Condition Leaves Scars You Can And Cannot See

Kayla Creighton | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Living
Kayla Creighton

Affecting one per cent of the population, CIU causes hives, swelling, pain and itching for absolutely no known reason. The scariest part of this condition is the unpredictability. When will I swell up so much I need to go to the hospital? Will this ever go away? How do I plan my life?

Use This Hand Gesture to Applaud Other Parents in Public

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

We need a gesture. Something like a tip-of-the-hat, a wink, the A-OK, or the Vulcan Salute. Something that communicates, instantly and silently, "You're doing a great job, parent. Keep up the good work. I'm with you." So I came up with something.

The Conversations We Should All Have on Bell Let's Talk Day

Sarah Robertson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

It's the most wonderful time of the year for Canadian mental health advocates! Wednesday, January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day. On Bell Let's Talk Day, conversations will be taking place online, in homes, schools, and offices across the country. All wonderful, but, will you be participating in these discussions by sharing your personal experiences? Many people won't.