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
This article has been translated from an original article written in French by ACSM-Mtl. Read it at : Outils pour les 70 ans et plus et leurs proches Making the Most of Staying Home You may be feeling cut off from the rest of the world and sidelined by the current situation. But it’s important to remember […]Continue readingTools for people aged 70 and over and caregivers
When you hear the words “mental health,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it depression? Psychiatry? Disability? Is it, in fact, “mental illness” that you think of? Many people use the terms “mental health” and “mental illness” interchangeably, when really, they mean different things. Mental health and mental illness: what’s the difference? […]Continue readingMental health: What is it, really?
Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020! January can be a tough time. Just as we crawl out of the holiday season here in Canada, we’re bombarded with the expectation to evolve into a shinier version of ourselves. It can often feel like everyone around us is starting a new diet, a new workout routine, […]Continue readingRethinking resolutions
Welcome to wet shoes, grey skies, and cold noses. It’s winter here in Canada and our winters can be tough. If you’re feeling like your mood drops with the temperature, you’re not the only one. While Jack Frost brings some people cheerful thoughts of hot cocoa and winter sports, he tends to sprinkle the winter blues […]Continue readingWinter blues 101
You may have heard the term “mental health parity” in the media, and on the lips of mental health advocates. When the advocates call for parity, they are calling for equal funding for mental health care; equal, that is, with physical health care. Here’s another way of understanding “mental health parity,” and why it’s important. […]Continue readingMental health parity: what is it?
Rising temperatures. Melting ice caps. Drowning polar bears. We don’t need to be told that there’s a climate emergency, and that it’s taking its toll on the planet. But the climate emergency is also a mental health emergency. The stats are powerful: psychological trauma from a natural disaster is forty times greater than trauma from […]Continue readingEco-anxiety: despair is rising
What do you do from day to day to care for yourself? Most would say that to be healthy, you need nutritious food and exercise. But what about your social connections? Research shows us that loneliness is on the rise, and that a lack of human connection can be more harmful to your health than […]Continue readingThe importance of human connection