Topic: mental health

COVID And Substance Use: National Addictions Awareness Week

COVID And Substance Use: National Addictions Awareness Week

National Addictions Awareness Week is in full swing, with today shining the spotlight on the effects of  COVID and substance use disorders. As COVID-19 dominates the newswires, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) reports that its inquiries during the pandemic have found “people who use substances report a loss of social connection COVID And Substance Use: National Addictions Awareness Week

Self-Care During Coronavirus

Self-Care During Coronavirus

Self-care has never been more important than it is right now As we continue to social distance ourselves from others and stay indoors during the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s imperative that we pay attention to our self-care. This means we need to pay attention to ourselves and be kind to ourselves. Some people will look at Self-Care During Coronavirus

Mental Health Disabilities & Risk of Violence

Canadians with Mental Health Conditions and Addictions Higher At Risk for Being Victims of Violence

Mental health disabilities among Canadians include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia, and substance use disorder which dramatically affects their quality of life. According to the 2014 General Social Survey on Canadians’ Safety (GSS), 10 percent of people living with mental health disabilities reported having been a victim of violence that year. Mental illness can develop Mental Health Disabilities & Risk of Violence

Goal Setting: How To Be Effective for Recovery

Effective Goal Setting for Recovery

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This quote is often used as a motivation for people in personal development and goal setting conversations. While this overused cliché is not a clinical definition of real mental health problems, it does provide a valuable lesson that Goal Setting: How To Be Effective for Recovery

Marijuana and its Effects on Mental Health

Marijuana and its Effects on Mental Health - Psychosis

Marijuana and its Effects on Mental Health: With all of the recent conversation about the legalization of marijuana in Canada, it is important for families to understand the potential side effects of marijuana usage. Even though this substance is widely used, there is growing concern about the health risks that are associated with cannabis. How Marijuana and its Effects on Mental Health

Wellness: Five Changes to Your Routine

Five Changes to Your Routine for Wellness

Wellness: Addiction recovery is more than just changing a few behaviours to overcome bad habits. Once a person has fallen into addiction, it takes a full, holistic approach to help them recover their health in all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Rather than focusing on just ceasing the unhealthy behaviour, it is Wellness: Five Changes to Your Routine

Protecting Your Mental Health

Protecting Your Mental Health Around Those Suffering

Protecting Your Mental Health: There are numerous debates about whether mental health concerns lead to addiction, or if addictive behaviour increases the risk of mental health problems. What is most common is a dual diagnosis, which means that a person is diagnosed with both a substance use disorder as well as a mental health problem. Protecting Your Mental Health

Treatment For Mental Illness Important

Treating Mental Illness Like the Flu

Treatment For Mental Illness: When someone is coming down with the flu, there’s no question that it is time to visit a doctor for treatment. It’s an accepted, obvious practice to seek medical treatments for physical problems. But there is still a stigma about the idea of seeking treatment for mental illness. A new Canadian Treatment For Mental Illness Important

Youth Addiction: It’s Not Your Fault

youth addiction

Youth Addiction: Current research about what goes on in the brain of an addict indicates that with addiction comes a change in the wiring of the brain. Simply put, the addict loses control. When this happens, all the addict is concerned about is feeding the addiction. At this point, the question isn’t, ‘Whose fault is Youth Addiction: It’s Not Your Fault

Mental Health Stigma Causes Harm

mental health stigma

Mental Health Stigma is when someone sees you in a negative way because of your mental illness. Discrimination is when someone treats you in a negative way because of your mental illness. Social stigma and discrimination can make mental health problems worse and stop a person from getting the help they need Mental Health Stigma surrounds qualities that are shamed in our Mental Health Stigma Causes Harm