Living With Mental Illness

Living With Mental Illness

In this video, we hear the stories of various individuals, all of them living with some form of Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or ADHD. Each participant in the video explains what their day-to-day life is like while suffering from mental illness, and how people with the same diagnosis can typically experience different symptoms.

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The Working Class

The Working Class & Financial Stress / Mental Health

There is a mental health crisis right now in Ontario – 20% of the working class have missed three or more workdays in a year due to a mental health related concern[1].  This hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the attached video clip from Global News gives us a glimpse inside the ...

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Mentally Fit

Mentally Fit - The Impact of Exercise on our Mental Health

We all know how important it is to exercise for optimal physical health, but what if it could improve our mental health as well?  One benefit from exercising is the confidence boost we get from feeling fit, but what if there was more to it? Research is suggesting that doing ...

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True Grit

True Grit - Seeing Things Through

 

Angela Duckworth defines grit as “Sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.” In the video below, Duckworth explains how perseverance and passion are equal to intelligence when measuring success in one’s life.  Grit does not rely on talent either; it is about putting in the work and having the tenacity ...

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Empathy vs. Sympathy

Empathy vs. Sympathy - What's the Difference?

Empathy and Sympathy – two words that many believe to be the same, but these words have very different emotional responses to a situation. To show empathy means you can see and feel things from another person’s perspective while connecting on the same level. Sympathy, rather, is a less engaged response one might give ...

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Depression and The Black Dog

Depression affects millions of people worldwide.  According to Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on Mental Health, 1 in 8 adults identified symptoms that met criteria for a mood disorder at some point during their lifetime, including 11.3% for depression.  Interestingly, 15-24 year-olds had the highest rates of mood and anxiety disorders of all age groups.

The Black Dog video depicts depression as a black dog. When you first meet him, he may seem quite small, making ...

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Coping with Holiday Stress

Coping with holiday stress may be a bit easier with these tips.

“If it’s not messy and it doesn’t drip over the sides, it’s not a holiday hot chocolate -it’s just an average hot chocolate” – Alex Guarnaschelli. The ‘best time of the year’ is often messy, like holiday hot chocolate. The holiday season is usually fraught with a variety of stressors; in this article for coping with holiday stress, we’ve compiled some great tips to help you. For many, the ...

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