We write about all things mental health related. From anxiety to eating disorders to psychosis, we want to encourage compassion, understanding, and practical support for people who suffer from these conditions. If you are interested in submitting a blog post for review, get in touch with us!
Supporting Someone With OCD
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) presents many challenges – not only for the person living with the mental health disorder, but also for those in a supportive role. Family members, friends, and others supporting someone living with OCD may at times feel powerless, discouraged, guilty, embarrassed, frustrated, and stuck. Learning more about OCD, and how to be an effective support, can help.
Helping Someone with Disordered Eating
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, approximately 1 million Canadians meet the
criteria of a diagnosable eating disorder (like Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating
Disorder). However, disordered eating affects many more Canadians. For example, approximately one in
five teenagers are “on a diet” at any given time. Research is showing that children under 10 can have
body image issues that impact their confidence and self-esteem.
Unhelpful Responses to Mental Health Struggles
Even well-intentioned responses can still land badly, so it’s important we are aware of common mistakes when trying to support people with their mental health.
Helping Someone With Depression
What it looks like Depression can happen with or without a triggering event and means we can be sad when it doesn't make sense to be sad. Depression can be identified in the way it affects someone's feelings, thoughts, actions, and body. People don't have to have...
Helpful Responses to Addiction
Contrary to popular belief, addiction does not develop “because of bad choices.” Many people make the choice to use drugs and/or drink alcohol and never develop an addiction. Some of the complex reasons addiction can develop are as follows: To cope with unbearable...
Anxiety is a helpful, normal human emotion. Anxiety is a helpful emotional signal that tells us when we need to be aware of and responsive to an immediate threat or danger in our environment. Anxiety is like a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are designed to let us know when...