Mental health issues and conditions have arguably never been higher on a global spectrum as a result of COVID-19. Enough of us experienced mental health difficulties prior to entering a pandemic, but with the coronavirus wreaking havoc in our lives still, over a year later, a hell of a lot more of us are struggling … More Let’s hear it for Colorado and what they’re doing for mental health for youth
Depression is a form of mental illness many of us are, unfortunately, familiar with. Depression, like any mental illness, has no preference regarding gender, occupation, lifestyle or age – it is not discriminant, and it can take its toll on any of us. While no definitive cure for depression has been developed, tremendous advancements have … More Treating depression with magnets
If you’re someone who experiences anxiety, you’re more than likely familiar with just how frustrating and further debilitating it can be. I can’t speak on behalf of everyone who has this type of mental illness, but personally, I find some days to be worse than others, and the same goes for triggering situations – some … More Does anxiety ever go away?
Depending on the severity of it, anxiety can be an incredibly debilitating condition to live with. It has the ability to interfere with everyday life, decisions, responsibilities and relationships, and over time, it can feel rather consuming. Because the influence of anxiety can be so overwhelming, it’s discouraging to contemplate the fact that very little … More Anxiety recovery is in reach
Mental illness is something I’m quite passionate about. Not only because I deal with it myself, but also because of the devastating impact it can have on the people we know and love, which I’ve also been exposed to. I had anorexia and bulimia in the past, and from that I developed depression and anxiety, … More The dangers of self-diagnosing mental illness
Allow me to put this simply: anxiety sucks. It sucks a lot, actually. And as much as it sucks, it’s equally debilitating, making it pretty challenging to deal with at times. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and I’ve been dealing with anxiety since I was in high school. I’m certainly not an expert when it … More A guide to handling anxiety
I’m a relatively open person, therefore I have no hesitancy to share my past experiences with an eating disorder with others. I think it’s important to discuss taboo and/or stigmatized topics in order to better understand them, and conversation can be one of the most effective ways to generate familiarity with things we may not … More Navigating eating disorder thoughts
I would argue that many of us believe we’re able to identify someone who struggles with anxiety based on the symptoms they may be demonstrating. Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety that are easily recognizable include worrying, self-doubt, insecurity, and panic attacks. What many of us are unaware of, though, are the more … More Here’s how to recognize anxiety
When it comes to mental illness, one of the most effective ways to understand it is through conversation. I often say that unless you’re chatting with someone who has dealt with mental illness themselves, it’s difficult to convey what exactly it entails. Talking to someone about a mental illness you’ve both experienced can be one … More Let’s talk about mental illness
Eating disorders are very much the type of mental illness that affect us physically, in the long-run, far more than we may realize while dealing with the disorder itself. I dealt with a combination of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia when I was in high school, followed by a bout of binge eating disorder while I … More The long-term effects of eating disorders
We’re all relatively familiar with the level of stigma that surrounds mental health. For whatever reason, society, over the years, has convinced the majority of the population to be afraid of discussion pertaining to mental health, and in turn has resulted in many tragedies and silent sufferings. Mental health can definitely be a difficult thing … More Helping someone with a mental illness
It’s probable that when you hear the term ‘anxiety,’ you automatically associate it with a negative connotation. Likely because we have been socially conditioned to acknowledge anxiety as a mental illness, a burden, and one that requires correction. As someone who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, I can understand why the condition is … More Embracing Anxiety
Eating disorders are hell on their own, but dealing with one during the holidays adds an extra emphasis of anxiety that most people are unfamiliar with. While I have been in remission of my own eating disorder for a couple of years now, I still have thoughts that arise almost daily, attempting to convince me … More Dealing with an eating disorder during the holidays
Oct. 10, yesterday, was 2018’s #WorldMentalHealthDay. The following information is from an Ontario government release that was issued on #WorldMentalHealthDay: “Up to 30 per cent of Ontarians aged 15 and up experience a mental health or addictions issue. About one in five children and youth in Ontario have a mental health challenge. It’s estimated that … More #WorldMentalHealthDay
I’ve addressed anxiety and the many struggles that accompany it before, but recent events have led me to re-visit the topic. Anxiety is hands down one of the most burdening things to deal with on a daily basis. Your own thoughts turn against you, and at times, it feels as though you’re swallowing yourself whole. … More Is your anxiety a burden for others?
Before I get into my own account of what anxiety consists of for me, personally, I want to state that anxiety and all types of mental illness impact people differently. It is impossible to categorize symptoms of mental illness that apply to each and every person who struggles with them to an entirely accurate degree, … More Here’s What Having Anxiety Is Really Like
Directed and written by Gerard Barrett, Brain On Fire is a 2016 American-Canadian-Irish biographical drama, depicting the true story of Susannah Calahan. Based on Calahan’s memoir, Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness, the film starts Chole Graze Mortez as Susannah. This movie was recently added to Netflix, and after finding the movie to be so inspiring, I wanted … More Film Review: Brain On Fire
An article by Irina Ivanova titled “Farmers are Killing Themselves In Staggering Numbers” caught my attention the other day when it appeared in my Facebook newsfeed, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. I was aware that mental illness and suicide is prevalent in the farming community, but this article allowed me to recognize just how severe … More Suicide Amongst Farmers
In the simplest terms, responding to the question that titles this post, no, they don’t. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’re likely aware that I am an advocate for educating individuals about eating disorders and the consequences they leave in their wake long after they’ve ‘passed.’ I struggled with an … More Do Eating Disorders Ever Fully Go Away?
News broke on June 5th that Kate Spade, an American fashion designer and incredibly successful businesswoman, was found dead in her home after committing suicide. Spade was 55 years of age and leaves behind her husband, Andy Spade, and her daughter, Frances. Spade was the former co-owner of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York, … More Why Kate Spade’s Suicide Is A Crucial Example of Mental Health Awareness
I was appalled to read an article via CBC news detailing an absolute tragedy that has recently occurred in South Africa. The article, titled “South Africa Shocked By Deaths of 144 Psychiatric Patients,” describes the Esidimeni tragedy, a situation involving the deaths of 144 psychiatric patients who died following South Africa’s Gauteng provincial government transferring … More Mental Illness Tragedy in South Africa
January 31st marked the annual #BellLetsTalk day, a movement to advocate for mental health awareness and to communicate the concept of inclusion towards those impacted by mental illness of any type. The hashtag #BellLetsTalk was used throughout the day on January 31st over 133 million times in Canada, breaking all pre-existing records regarding interactions with the … More #BellLetsTalk