Every year, in the first full week of May, people rally for CMHA Mental Health Week. It’s a Canadian tradition bringing communities, schools and workplaces together to celebrate, protect and promote mental health. This year, things are looking a little different. We are confined to our individual living spaces, in a time of collective uncertainty […]Continue reading7 ways to #GetReal about how you feel
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
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?