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Bill’s Story
Jul 26th, 2022

Coming back from the brink of suicide. Bill has attempted suicide 8 times. Depression and his financial troubles are his triggers. Bill calls himself lucky. Here’s why: he has a…

Juanna’s Story
Jul 26th, 2022

In 2014, Juanna had what she calls a meltdown. “I was working I took vacations. I led a very normal, everyday life.” But when she lost her job due to…

Reid’s Story
Jul 26th, 2022

Human connection is key to keeping people well. Reid is a retired social worker, a Metis elder and a human being. And the three identities are fused firmly together. A…

How to really listen: A checklist
Jul 8th, 2022

When you think about it, we aren’t really taught to listen. Listening is a skill. It can be learned. But it also needs to be practiced.     You can be the…

Human beings as objects?
Jul 8th, 2022

The idealist in me thinks that many of the world’s problems, including racism, would disappear if we stopped seeing human beings as objects. As I wrote that last sentence, I…

Empathy and Compassion Fatigue
Jul 8th, 2022

When you’re talking to a friend about your hard day at work or talking about the fight you had with your partner… there can be nothing better than having that…

Don’t listen to judge, listen to understand
Jul 8th, 2022

You’re having one of those days when everything is going wrong, and a friend happens to call you. They ask how you are, and you tell them you got a…

Empathy: the key to peer support
Jul 8th, 2022

When people with similar experiences come together with the specific intention of helping each other, there’s a term for that. The term is peer support. According to Peer Support Canada,…

Empathy: A skill you can learn
Jul 8th, 2022

Having empathy means you understand others’ emotions, share their feelings, and respond with compassion and care.   Being able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes is a core part of…