“It isn’t enough that she sweat, labored, bore her daughters howling or under total anesthesia or both. No. She must be responsible for our psychic weaknesses the rest of her life. It is alright to feel kinship with your father, to forgive. We all know that. But your mother is held to a standard so exacting that it has no principles.” – Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum.
Most of us already know that time in nature is good for us. But do we really know just how good? I spoke with Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych, who is a national thought leader on mental health.
Even with all that’s been accomplished by campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk, many people don’t understand that addiction is also a mental illness.
Peer support can prompt conversations that may never happen otherwise and help to reduce the stigma around mental health. It can also save lives.
Take some time today, World Suicide Prevention Day, to learn more about suicide and to honour those who have been affected.
The stunning images illustrator, artist and designer Everette Fournier created about addictions convey wisdom beyond her years.
World Eating Disorders Action Day helps us understand that for many, issues with food and eating go way beyond how we look to the world.
Nursing students tell their stories of addictions and develop the art of caring in the process.
Aligning our strengths and values, which occurs naturally, helps to give our lives more meaning, enabling us to do things in a better way, take better care of ourselves, and have a higher degree of life satisfaction
As a psychologist, Dr. Joti Samra sees the problematic side of over consumption, including its detrimental affects on our health. Less can definitely be more.
Workplace relations specialist Mary Ann Baynton shares many insights including how setbacks may actually be opportunities in disguise.
“You thought you’d be watching a sunset and all of a sudden you’re dropped in the middle of the ocean and you’re swimming for your life.” – Suicide survivor
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
We all have stories to share about mental health and well-being. Let’s start the conversation. #BellLetsTalk
If you lead a team or are part of a work group that could use some great team building skills, this is the book for you!
Change is good. But sometimes it can be tinged with a gentle ache that perseveres even as we tell ourselves that the changes are all part of the natural progression of our lives.