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Category Archives: blog

Anxiety at Christmas

Posted on: Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Oh, the joys of the Christmas season. For some, Christmas is a magical time of year filled with peace, laughter, family, friends, excellent food, winter activities, warm evenings, and pleasant memories. But for others, it is also a season crippled by anxiety, stress, and sadness.   The holidays often present a long list of demands […]


Test anxiety and how to cope with it

Posted on: Sunday, November 28th, 2021

  You paid attention in class, took thorough notes, read every chapter, and even stayed after class to study, so you should ace that huge exam, right? Well… unfortunately this isn’t always the case. The day of the exam comes, you get so tense that you forget the answers to even the most basic questions. […]


Diabetes and Mental Health – Is there a link between the two?

Posted on: Sunday, November 14th, 2021

    You may have heard people say that our physical health can affect our mental health, and vice versa. Well this is true, and a good example of this is the link between diabetes and mental health. With World Diabetes Day taking place this month on November 14, it is the perfect opportunity to […]


Seasonal Depression

Posted on: Saturday, October 30th, 2021

  Say hello to wet shoes, gloomy skies, and cold noses!   Have you ever noticed how much better you feel when the sun shines on your face? As winter approaches and seasons change, you or someone you know may experience mood changes and symptoms similar to depression. If the winter months are getting you […]


Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted on: Sunday, October 17th, 2021

  October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Canada, committed to spreading awareness about the prevention of child abuse. According to the Canadian Red Cross, child abuse is defined as any type of physical, emotional, and/or sexual mistreatment or neglect of a child or youth that results in injury or emotional harm. Examples of emotional […]


Mental Illness Awareness Week

Posted on: Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 people in Canada personally experience a mental health problem or illness every year, and by the age of 40, approximately 50% of Canadians have or have had a mental illness. However, all Canadians are affected by mental illness at some point in their lives, whether […]


Intergenerational Trauma of Indigenous Communities

Posted on: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Many Indigenous peoples in Canada suffered traumas during their time in residential schools, which have been accumulated and passed down to later generations. This is called intergenerational trauma (also known as generational or transgenerational trauma). Amy Bombay, a Dalhousie University professor, describes intergenerational trauma as “the stressful and traumatic experiences faced by one generation [that] […]


Back to School Anxiety

Posted on: Sunday, September 5th, 2021

As summer comes to an end, returning back to school can be an exciting but stressful time for many students, whether it be elementary children or university students. However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, kids and parents are more anxious than ever for classes this fall. “Kids are just really used to being home with […]


International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on: Sunday, August 22nd, 2021

500,000. That is approximately how many deaths worldwide are caused by drug use, with more than 30% of those deaths attributable to overdose. In Canada, 6,214 apparent opioid toxicity deaths occurred in 2020 (approximately 17 deaths per day). Drug overdose continues to be a public health crisis in Alberta, where more Albertans are being lost […]


Bullying Among Youth and Its Effects On Mental Health

Posted on: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Bullying is a prevalent problem in our society, and some even consider it a national emergency. When 47% of Canadian parents report having at least one child who has been a victim of bullying, it makes sense to call this issue an emergency that needs attention. With International Youth Day this week, it is the […]