Mental Health

How Creative Planning Keeps Me Motivated

Like many people struggling with mental health issues, getting motivated can be a challenge at times. For me, I basically have two modes — super motivated and completely unmotivated. Over the years, one of my biggest challenges has been finding ways to overcome this. Looking at what stifles your motivation can reveal a lot of interesting things. One of the …

Stigma Does More than Create Misconceptions

There are a lot of terms that have been used to describe people with mental illness over the years. Crazy. Unreasonable. Uncontrollable. Psycho. Disturbed. Schizo. In 2007, the National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study concluding over 250 negative terms associated with those who have mental illnesses. These labels are a major part of the stigma surrounding mental health …

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Depression Does Not Have a One-Size-Fits-All Solution

Depression is a dark demon many of us face. More of us than most would like to acknoweldge. Yesterday, I discussed the importance of campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk, designed to ignite the conversation around mental health. In my post, I introduced you all to Jane, sharing her story and battle with the Canadian mental healthcare system. Today, a friend …

Breaking the Stigma One Story at a Time

Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk day, an initiative aimed at breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and raising funds to help mental healthcare in Canada. Since its launch in 2010, this campaign has evolved into so much more. It’s become an opportunity for many people to share their stories. To let the world have a glimpse of what it’s like …

What Does it Mean to Burn Out?

At the end of the summer, I was forced to admit my depression had exceeded my control, prompting me to seek treatment for it. My life had become a blur of busyness and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. There was never enough time in the day. After a few weeks, my medication helped clear the fog from my mind …

What to do When Dreams Die

One of my favourite quotes from Walt Disney is “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For years, I took this as meaning that every single dream you have will come true. After all, Walt also said “All our dreams can come true if we have the strength to pursue them.” Growing up, I took both of these …

September Is the Time For Renewing Yourself

Although there is something super special about the spring for me, the fall is my favourite season. It’s not just because of sweaters, tall boots, hot lattes, and leggings though. My love goes much deeper than that. Fall is marked every September by something incredible–a new beginning.

We need to do better

I hesitated in sharing this particular column on my blog, but felt the message is worth the post. As much as this is about Chester Bennington’s suicide, it’s also bigger than that. Chester’s tragic end after a frightening and difficult battle only comes to the forefront of conversation because he, like many other celebrities, are already in the spotlight. But …

It’s okay to admit you’re struggling

I sat at my desk, staring at the computer screen with tears in my eyes, struggling to keep it together. There was no reason to be crying; nothing had happened to make me upset. But there I was, tears and all. A deep, dark, unsettling feeling lay heavy on my heart. It was the kind of feeling capable of making …

Don’t fear the mess

We live in a world obsessed with perfection. With the rise of social media programs designed to showcase our lives to the world through series of comments, snippets, and photos, we pick the best, add a filter, and publish. Much like Photoshop allows an artist or photographer to erase the blemishes, tidy up the blurred lines, tone, tighten, and brighten, …