Friends and Fellow Persons with Mental Illness: How Can I Help?

IRL mental services can be fragmented and people face a number of barriers to accessing services: difficulty finding good information about what is available shame and/or fear of stigma transportation and/or hours of service difficulty feeling comfortable, having rapport with the counselor/therapist IRL service agencies in Canada are trying to improve this by including professional …

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October 24 is United Nations Day — Today I Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s Work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On October 24, 1945, the United Nations was established by the UN Charter. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first American delegate to the UN, the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, and she presided over the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the garden of the UN Headquarters in New York, there …

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Weed is Legal Across Canada Now: Mental Health Implications

Today cannabis became legal across Canada; seems like a good time to talk about it in relation to mental health. Let me state up front that I support legalization for many reasons, but that doesn't mean I support it as a treatment for mental health. And it doesn't mean that I don't either. I'm curious. …

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Self-Help Topic 3: I’m An Introvert, What About You?

I was a shy kid. School was something unpleasant, something to be endured. I grew up on a farm near a small town; the K-8 school I went to had about 40 students in total. My issues with anxiety started around the time I started school: I worried about everything. My days started with panicky …

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