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Death, appreciation and the things we leave unsaid

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  I’m writing a will and representation agreement – a little overdue but I’m getting to it. With this planning has come a lot of thought. I have a folder on my computer… Continue reading

A plea to schools and daycares to be more mindful about Mother’s Day and ditch the colouring-in exercise that assumes everyone has a Hallmark family

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(Last year, I ran into Tanya in the street the day before Mother’s Day and we had a little vent about Hallmark holidays. She’d walked into a classroom where the kids were busy… Continue reading

Mental Wellness: What to Do To Stay Healthy

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Mentally healthy is not the same as happy-all-the-time. Happy-all-the-time is a fallacy, a myth, an unachievable state, it’s bullsh*t. If you take a look at the world around you and can be completely… Continue reading

Getting loud requires listeners. So, what to say, when someone gets brave and speaks up?

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There you are trying to be present for someone who is struggling. You think to yourself….what do I say? Well, thankfully many of us have been in this position. So many, in fact,… Continue reading

Local Youth, this is your go-to resource. Plan-Y.

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Plan-y.ca can be downloaded on to your smartphone or accessed on a desktop, laptop or tablet. It offers links to local resources, phone numbers, programs and more. This resource was designed with teens… Continue reading

Mental health starts at home. Here’s what’s been happening in the Pemberton area

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Have you heard of the Child and Youth Mental Health – Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU)? This collaborative project began in 2013 with eight Local Action Teams (LATs) across the province aiming to do… Continue reading

It’s Mental Health Week. Are you ready to Get Loud?

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May 1 -7 is Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association is asking you to ‘Get Loud’ for mental health. What this looks like is up to you. Hashtags, photos, activities,… Continue reading

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day: a plea to schools and daycares.

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(I ran into Tanya in the street the day before Mother’s Day and we had a little vent about Hallmark holidays. She’d walked into a classroom where the kids were busy colouring for… Continue reading

Teachers are mental health frontline workers and they need some better skills

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“STIs on the rise” was a headline I saw on cbc.ca, the other morning, way back before summer, before school went out. Student engagement, learning outcomes, increasing participation, increase student achievement are all… Continue reading

Mind your schtick

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As a therapist, I occasionally get all caught up inside my head. No surprise there. My husband often has way better words for explaining things and one thing he talks about often, and… Continue reading

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