The Economic Cost of Mental Illness

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The Economic Cost of Mental Illness

The Economic Cost of Mental Illness

May 2nd to 8th marked the 65th annual Mental Health Week, championed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and supported by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and mental health organizations across the country. Organizers asked Canadians to GET LOUD and raise their voices to […]

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Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Men

Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Men

Men are often cited as having lower instances of depression than women yet this is partially a result of men’s’ tendencies to deny illness, self-medicate, and avoid seeing professionals. The truth is men get depressed – it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a fact. Depression affects […]

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa kill an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Canadians per year. These deaths are often the result of life-threatening medical complications, and suicide among people with eating disorders. Death certificates often do not record eating disorders as the cause of death, thus hiding the […]

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Become a Dementia Friend

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Become a Dementia Friend

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Alzheimer Society of BC is inviting all British Columbians to #BecomeAFriend to people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, it is projected that dementia will affect close to 800,000 Canadians by 2031; global […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder and the Loved Ones Who Care

Borderline Personality Disorder and the Loved Ones Who Care

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a pervasive mental illness characterized by intensely-felt emotions including persistent suicidality, self-harming behaviours and emotional outbursts. While more prevalent in women, like most mental illnesses it doesn’t discriminate, and without treatment, BPD can leave a trail of destruction through the lives of […]

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Show What You Know: Therapeutic Summer Fun

Show What You Know: Therapeutic Summer Fun

Summer Wellness in Children With the summer break well underway, your child likely has had time to adjust to a new schedule and hopefully experience some fun. With this change of pace, come opportunities for a summer of growth, development, and positive mental health. Below are three […]

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The Power of Sharing Your Story

The Power of Sharing Your Story

This week’s blog post comes from  Char who is part of the Health Literacy team at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. The Centre is part of an integrated BC Mental Health and Addiction Services strategy to improve health literacy in mental health and addictions in British Columbia. […]

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The Unwanted Visitor: Anxiety in the Classroom

The Unwanted Visitor: Anxiety in the Classroom

Guest contributor Katherine Martinez, PsyD, is a registered psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment of anxiety, mood, and childhood disorders. In the following post, Katherine graciously shares research findings and resources for anxiety among children and youth. The lifetime prevalence of childhood anxiety is about 15 to […]

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