Mental Wellness

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Mental Wellness – Mindfulness exercises for mental health

  Mindfulness is the act of being completely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at that moment, without interpretation or judgment.  Most of us spend the majority of our time thinking about the past, the future, planning, problem-solving, or even just daydreaming.  Spending too much time focusing on things that aren’t happening at…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

  September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day – WSPD – for 2017.  The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention – CASP – website states that “It is estimated that each day in Canada, 11 people end their life, and 210 make a suicide attempt.”  They also point out that suicide happens regardless of age,…

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5 Ways to Build Lasting Self-Esteem

  There are many benefits to having higher self-esteem, including bouncing back from rejection and failure quickly, having less anxiety, and generally feeling better about yourself.  Improving your self-esteem, and making it last, can be a bit difficult though.  It’s hard to keep up with something that can fluctuate depending on the situation, and…

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Overcoming Depression

  Depression can be extremely draining, and it can be extremely difficult to manage and recover from.  Overcoming depression takes time and effort, but there are things you can do to start the process.  The following are different things you can do to start reversing those behaviors. Depression can make you want to withdraw…

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How to Deal with Grief and Loss

  Everyone reacts to grief and loss differently; it can depend on many different factors including what kind of loss you suffered, your upbringing, your personal beliefs and/or religion, your age, your relationships, and your overall physical and mental health.  Anxiety, helplessness, anger and sadness are all natural parts of the grieving process, and…

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6 Tips to Being Productive to Improve Mental Health

  Did you know that poor mental health can lead to a loss in productivity? This implies there is a strong correlation between the two and suggests there may be another way to increase one’s mental health. If poor mental health is recognized, perhaps by focusing on being more active and productive we can…

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What Role Does Spirituality Play in Mental Health?

  Spirituality in general is a broad concept that includes a sense of connection to something larger than our self.  Spirituality typically involves some sort of search for meaning, and is often linked to religion, although it can also be linked to finding meaning through nature or art.  Everyone’s definition of spirituality can vary…

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Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Canada)

  Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day is June 13th this year in Canada.  Started in 2014 in Ottawa by Jean-François Claude, the founder of TheMensDEN.ca (The Men’s Depression Education Network), it is now held annually on the Tuesday before Father’s Day.  The aim is “to raise awareness of how signs and symptoms of mental…

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Current State of Mental Health (US)

  Founded in 1909, Mental Health America is a non-profit organization that works to address the needs of those with mental illness and to promote the overall mental health of those in the United States.  MHA is committed to promoting mental health as part of overall wellness, which includes prevention services, early identification and…

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How are Video Games Being Used to Treat Depression?

  While video game addiction can be a problem for some, and it has been shown that this addiction can be linked to depression, recent studies are actually using video games to treat depression.  People are now creating new apps with games specifically designed to improve the player’s mental health. In one study, participants…