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Finding What Speaks to You: Poetry as Therapy

How apt that the theme of Poetry Month 2021 is resilience. The League of Canadian Poets has lots to explore on its website including the popular “Poem in Your Pocket Day” which falls on April 29th. How wonderful that Canada has a League of Canadian Poets!

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The Realities of Compassion Fatigue 

In the spring of 2018, I attended my first mental health conference at Queen’s University led by their chapter. At the time, I was grieving the recent suicide of my best friend and starting to become passionate about mental health advocacy. After a few group workshops and presentations, one keynote speaker came on stage to talk to us about “compassion fatigue”- two words that instantly changed my life.

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‘Navigating’ the System: A Mother’s Story

Navigating the mental health system was difficult for us – ultimately it was tragic.  We began when my son was 6. He was tested to see if he was epileptic because he’d get so excited that he’d shake. He was not. 

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Behind the Headlines: A Look at Indigenous Mental Health

Despite the increased discussion of mental illness across Canada, and an awareness of where some of the gaps exist, there is still a huge issue that remains unaddressed. Do you remember the horrendous reports of Indigenous, Inuit and Métis youth suicides?  Native healers and government interventions have stemmed the losses however, the underlying causes remain unchanged and a significant portion of Canada’s population is woefully underserved.  As vulnerable youths become young adults, they will need other mental health supports.

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Emotion regulation is a critical skill that allows us to have jobs, nurture relationships, and take care of ourselves. It’s what allows us to feel sad but still show up for work and function. Without the ability to regulate and manage our emotions, life becomes very painful and difficult. This is one of the hallmarks of borderline personality disorder, a condition that affects 1 to 2 percent of Canadians. Keep reading to learn more about this disorder.

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