MindF#!k Blog

"Mental health" vs. "Mental illness"

As a researcher who records people having conversations, I hear people say a lot of wacky things. But one thing that I hear, in the news, in blogs, from people’s mouths, really makes me cringe.

Whole30

Sixty days ago, I started something called the Whole30. No grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no dairy, no legumes for 30 days. 61 days ago, I was depressed, anxious, and still a mess, less of a mess than years ago but a mess nonetheless.

Letter to my beautiful girl

It hasn’t been more than thirty minutes since I last looked back, and waved goodbye.  I finished my tour of anxiety through security, looked back to you, and waved.  You immediately waved back.  I could see the excitement in you that I had looked back to see you

What is a mental health superhero?

Hi Friends!My name is Alicia Raimundo and I am a Mental Health Superhero.You may be asking yourself, what is a mental health superhero? And why does this girl get to be one?

7 Knowledge synthesis reports about what WORKS for YOUTH!

Over the past two years, the CYCC Network has blended research with experiential knowledge on seven different topics, in order to figure out what works for organizations and individuals working with children and youth in challenging contexts. 

Six reasons I stopped cutting myself

People keep finding my blog when they’re ready to self-injure but decide to search for help instead of engaging in cutting themselves. My words help them stay safe. I could not be happier about this. Stopping self-injury is one of my proudest achievements.

This Valentine’s Day, Soak in the Love

When it boils down to the basics, Valentine’s Day is a day about love. About celebrating love, embracing love and acknowledging love.

February is a month of pink hearts <3

February is a month of pink hearts, chocolate, and romance. It’s the perfect time to talk about what makes a relationship healthy – or unhealthy. February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

mindyourmind has Instagram!

You can now add @mindyoumind.ca to the many social media names we go by. I’m really excited to be a part of this project. We have so much to share with you at mindyourmind and Instagram is going to be a great new way to do this.

My take on mindfulness...

Mindfulness. What is it? Where did the concept come from? And most importantly, how can it be used to help us deal with our emotions and cope with stressful situations?

Read if you have a hungry heart

Ever notice how many expressions utilize food metaphors to describe a feeling of yearning?  Hungry for love.  Starving for attention.  Craving recognition. 

Growing up, taking risks, shaping today

In the last few days, I've learned that tobogganing is being partially banned, following that, I learned about a group of parents, who broke down in tears because the proposed school in their community had been relocated across the river in a nearby community...

A quick guide to gaining confidence when you socialize

I’m a shy person by nature, not a natural extrovert and definitely not comfortable in large groups of people. So if you’re like me at all, then this guide is for you.I’ve had to learn to be more confident in social situations, and it hasn’t exactly been easy.

Mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sometimes life can feel so hectic! As to-do lists grow, and expectations pile up, our stress levels can feel unbearable.  You may have mounting homework, difficulties at home, stresses over relationships, or overwhelming worries about the future.

Youth Voices Symposium: What true youth engagement looks like

Back in the early days of December, I had the incredible opportunity to speak alongside Dr Bruce Ferguson of

Surprising facts about anxiety disorders - 7 ways to cope

Only anxious people understand what it’s like to feel the angst when anxiety attacks. Being told to “calm down” is annoying. Meeting people is not fun. A delay in someone accepting your Facebook friendship means they don’t like you.  

Yoga connection

“Ultimately, yoga is about connection; to our body, our thoughts, and our feelings” “By listening, we promote a healthy relationship with ourselves.”

Wish I had another chance - In loving memory of Charlie Thomas!

A young man in recovery named Charlie came to my house earlier this year with his parents.  His entry into addiction came as the result of a head-on car accident caused by an old man who was driving on the wrong side of Highway 17 near Santa Cruz on Jan. 1, 2010.

How to get rid of feelings

Do you ever wish you could just be done with feelings?  Just get rid of them?Today I'm going to tell you how to do exactly that (yes, really and truly!).

Youth engagement presentation at CMHO Annual Conference

Back in November, Heather and I presented at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) Annual Conference, “Getting it Right for Kids and Families”

Overwhelmed by all the changes you want to make

If you had to make a list of all the habits you’d like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list?For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now!

Happy holidays - stay safe!

mindyourmind wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Holiday stress

Christmas... or, well the entire holiday season actually...

Holiday loss

The holiday season is by far my favorite time of year. I absolutely adore seeing the strings of lights cascading down the city streets. Trying to find the perfect gift for each family member gives me so much adrenaline, it’s just like a game.

Food, finances & eating disorders

This blog is reposted with permission from the National Eating Disorders Association

Who is taking care of those who care for us?

Taking care of others can take a huge emotional toll. For first responders (paramedics, police officers, firefighters) this is especially true.