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
The opioid crisis in Canada is real and growing. It claimed 4,460 lives in 2018 alone. We shouldn’t be surprised that Canada is the second most affected country in the world, or that our youth are at increased risk. According to a recent Angus Reid poll, substance use is very common on campuses, with 81% of Canadians saying […]Continue readingThe opioid crisis: A toolkit that will save lives on Canadian campuses
By the Centre for Suicide Prevention, a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association While some people who consider suicide do so fleetingly or only once in their lives, others may experience ongoing thoughts of suicide or experience them off and on over time. People may feel that suicidal thoughts are holding them hostage. Experiencing […]Continue readingWhat is a safety plan, and how can it prevent suicide?
My mental health is your mental health By Marissa Lair, guest blogger Since my pre-teen years, I’ve always been surrounded by conversations related to mental health. After tragedy struck my rural town, we were jolted into a world busied with crisis counsellors, fundraisers, school assemblies and rallies for mental health awareness. I knew about mental […]Continue readingMy mental health is your mental health
5 ways to social media-proof your mental health We’re living in a digital age with friend requests, notifications and “likes” popping up left, right and centre. Today, it seems almost everyone is using social media – in fact, 94 per cent of people in Canada have at least one social media account. Whether it’s Facebook, […]Continue reading5 ways to social media-proof your mental health