Before we talk about how to improve your mental health, let’s make sure we agree on what we’re talking about. At the Canadian Mental Health Association, we notice that people use the terms “mental health” and “mental illness” interchangeably, but really, they mean different things. Mental illnesses are disturbances in […]Continue readingMove for your mood
The Canadian Mental Health Association is now expanding its BounceBack® program across Canada with support from Bell Let’s Talk. BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that helps adults and youth 15+ learn to manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Through telephone coaching and skill-building workbooks, participants can learn ways […]Continue readingYou can learn to think and feel better!
Hope. It’s not blind optimism and it’s far from toxic positivity. It’s being able to imagine an alternative future and moving towards it. It’s the opposite of giving up. This year has been full of challenges in our personal, social and professional lives. We’re facing uncertainty in our safety, our economy and our planet. But […]Continue readingInspiring hope in an age of uncertainty: Top 10 moments of the 5th annual Mental Health for All Conference
A lot is being said about stress these days, and it’s no wonder. The pandemic has brought with it countless sources of extreme stress. But there has been relative silence on a topic that would help us get through the stress. And that topic is “resilience.” Maybe that’s because we all know what stress is, and what it feels like. And maybe we are less familiar with the concept of resilience. Resilience, which […]Continue readingHow to turn a difficult life event on its head
It’s been said many times, but we’ll say it again: working in the pandemic is not business as usual. Whatever your job, chances are you have had to make some adjustmentsContinue readingPlanning a psychologically safe return to the workplace
Back to school has always been a time of transition. The end of summer. The apprehension. The excitement. And if it came with a bit of anxiety for your kids, well, that was to be expected. But back to school means something completely different this year as we deal with […]Continue readingTaming your back-to-school worries
We hear about it on the news. We see it in poll after poll. And we see it in our own lives. It is COVID-19’s toll on the mental health of Canadians. There is no debate that the pandemic has worn us down, and that an echo pandemic of mental health issues may be looming. So, what […]Continue readingAn echo pandemic of mental health issues? Not if we can help it.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a sudden, unprecedented situation that has disrupted the lives of all Canadians and put us under tremendous stress. The pandemic continues to have a significant, long-lasting impact on everyone’s mental health, given the economic uncertainty and climate of anxiety in which we find ourselves. The pandemic lays bare persistent inequalities While […]Continue readingWhen it comes to the pandemic and mental health, we’re not all equal
We all deserve to feel well and to thrive. In order to get there, the first thing to keep in mind is that we ALL have mental health to protect, promote and celebrate. Just like with our physical health. Secondly, we need to ask ourselves: are we actively taking care of our mental health? And what can […]Continue reading16 strategies to help you thrive
Sharing is caring, but so is listening! Building real connection with other people in your life can take some getting used to—especially when it’s so normal in our society to go through the motions and have surface conversations. Studies show that we spend about 70 to 80 percent of our waking hours in some form of communication. Of […]Continue readingTips on how to really listen