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

Soothe your Soul: Pet a Soft Purring Cat or Take a Brisk Walk with a Dog.

There have been many articles written on the ways animals can help people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. There is even a Human Animal Bond Research Institute! Check out the research summaries they have on mental health and trauma/PTSD. My first awareness of the importance of pets to mental health came in … Continue reading Soothe your Soul: Pet a Soft Purring Cat or Take a Brisk Walk with a Dog.

Guest Blog: My Sister’s Depression Story

My younger sister shared her story in a comment to my blog post Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them. and I asked to post it as a guest blog. I hope it will be the first of many from my talented sibling. Tara, you are an … Continue reading Guest Blog: My Sister’s Depression Story

Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them.

As I approach my 50th birthday, some things that seemed to matter a lot when I was younger, matter less. Others more. What people think of me is beginning to matter less. Being genuine and living with integrity more. I want to be more open, which as a classic introvert, is challenging for me. I … Continue reading Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them.