Eating Disorders: Awareness and Screening

Posted on February 25, 2019 by kerri

Trigger warning:  This post contains discussion of eating disorders, eating habits, and disturbances around eating behaviours. It’s Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening week. It does not matter who you are, where you live, or any other factors, anyone can be affected by an eating disorder—Eating Disorder Hope defines eating disorders as “illnesses that are characterized … Continue reading “Eating Disorders: Awareness and Screening”

Having a chronic illness is stressful, even if you manage your disease and your stress well. It is true most chronic diseases are connected with a higher chance of developing a mental health problem. Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day–and there is no better time to talk about mental health than today. A few statistics … Continue reading “Mental health with chronic illness, and the importance of medical ID jewelry”

Bullying Prevention Month and Chronic Illness/Disability

Posted on October 23, 2017 by kerri

 Bullying is a problem that in the past was perceived to just impact kids. This was never true. However, more recently, workplace bullying and prevention programs have come into the spotlight, and adults, engaging online with both friends and strangers, may also fall prey to cyber-bullying. The link between chronic illness or disability and bullying … Continue reading “Bullying Prevention Month and Chronic Illness/Disability”

What’s Up in Your Brain: World Mental Health Day

Posted on October 9, 2017 by kerri

Last week, we shared a post for Mental Health Awareness Week and how people can develop resiliency skills for better mental health. Today’s post for World Mental Health Day is going to focus on mental illness education, briefly outlining the most common types of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and … Continue reading “What’s Up in Your Brain: World Mental Health Day”

My friend Mark Freeman is a mental health advocate from Toronto, and runs a Tumblr called Everybody Has a Brain. Mark used to have obsessive compulsive disorder, and through mindfulness and other practices, managed to regain control of his mental health. This is not possible in all cases of mental health problems, however. I think … Continue reading ““Everybody has a brain”: Mental Health Awareness Week”

Suicide Prevention Week: Do you know how to save a life?

Posted on September 4, 2017 by kerri

Recently, I’ve been diving back in to teen books—many of which I actually read in my teenage years, and am revisiting now. One is the diary of a (fictional) sixteen-year-old boy whose best friend struggles with depression, and the character, Ducky, finds himself struggling with the warning signs, and over his diaries, physically saves his … Continue reading “Suicide Prevention Week: Do you know how to save a life?”

Health resources in your community: Libraries?!

Posted on August 18, 2017 by kerri

In a recent post on Seasonal Affective Disorder, I mentioned that some of my local public libraries have special lamps that are used in treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms so that people can try them before making an investment. While perusing the health information at my local library brought up some suspicions (there are … Continue reading “Health resources in your community: Libraries?!”

As discussed in our previous post for Indigenous Peoples Health Day, the health issues of Indigenous people worldwide are no different than those of non-indigenous communities, however, due to a variety of circumstances including finances, geography, cultural and historical influences, and influences of non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous peoples worldwide experience higher-than-typical rates of a variety of … Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples Health Day Part 2: Health Issues and Indigenous Communities”

Trigger warnings: trauma, abuse, medical PTSD, armed forces service/combat PTSD What do you think of when you think of PTSD—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? For me, I think of the military veteran I once met in a mall, talking about his service dog, as well as the PTSD service dog he is training for Courageous Canines, … Continue reading “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Should You Know?”

We all love the goofy, silly things that come out of kids mouths (and sometimes, they’re pretty dang insightful!). Like adults, though, kids can be affected by mental health issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and even suicidal thoughts. It’s scary to think about, but it’s important to know the signs of … Continue reading “What’s going on in your kid’s head? Children’s Mental Health Week”