Back to School Blues: Taking Care of Your Mental Health on Campus

“Are you ready? Do you have everything you need – toothbrush, Tylenol, chargers – a pillow?” These are the last minute questions we’re asked when we set off for university or college, yet we’re rarely prepped with a mental health tool kit before leaving home for the first time.

After completing our first year of studies, the majority of us find a summer job and work for four months before returning to campus. Exchanging a stable summer routine for the chaos that awaits us on campus can pose a lot of challenges for someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness or for someone experiencing less severe mental health challenges. Cooking meals, getting to classes, completing coursework, exercising, volunteering – school life is demanding; adding mental health care to the list can be tough. 

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure your mental health is well taken care of!

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Returning To Work After Mental Illness

Returning to work after a prolonged absence is difficult for anyone but considerably more challenging for younger adults who have had a shorter time as an employee.  This is particularly the case for the young adult who is struggling to regulate a mental illness and get back to their workplace. With an eye to the big picture, this process can be successful for both the employee and the employer.

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Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice?

In the media, fall is a time for wearing sweaters, baking pies, and cozying up by a fire. It’s a time of falling leaves, turkey and pumpkin spice everything. But this vision of fall doesn’t ring true for those of us who experience SAD.

What is SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a recognized form of depression. Canadian data shows that between 2-6% of Canadians will be diagnosed with SAD in their lifetime with upwards of 15% of Canadians experiencing milder forms of SAD. For those of us with other mental health challenges, the change in seasons can bring on or intensify symptoms. Continue reading

Walk or Run for Eli’s Place in the Scotiabank Marathon


Register for a 5K, Half Marathon or Marathon at this years’ Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to help open the doors of Eli’s Place.

As Scotiabank covers all the fees associated with online fundraising, 100% of the funds you raise will go directly to Eli’s Place. We encourage you to run for what moves you!

When:    October 20, 2019
Where:  Toronto Lakeshore & Downtown
What:     5K, Half Marathon, Marathon
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Despite campaigns geared towards destigmatization, the stigma around mental health for men remains in tact and is negatively impacting their well-being:

– rates of mental illness are comparable between men and women, but men are less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for their illness.

– up to 10 per cent of men experience paternal postpartum depression.

– 80 per cent of people who die by suicide are men.

– the suicide rate is three times higher for men than it is for women.

Facing the stigma of mental illness is one of the most challenging hurdles patients have to face when deciding to seek professional help. New patients often tell me about disapproving peers and family members who have tried to dissuade them from speaking to a psychiatrist. I get the sense that this type of advice is often given under the guise of putting a supportive spin on someone’s suffering: “You’re not that depressed, are you?” However, this deterrence is often invalidating to a person’s suffering and can prevent them from finding a supportive therapist.

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