MindF#!k Blog

Self compassion

It’s been a long and hard 12 years that I've actively spent working on / through my mental illness.

The Red Cross team establishes a call to action

This week the Red Cross HYR Social Media Team established what our call to action would be.

What if I told you, you don’t know how to breathe?

“Just by paying attention to breathing, you can access a level of your relaxation that will benefit every area of your life. – Deepak Chopra, M.D.

The anti-bucket list

Have you ever made a bucket list? For me, they’re incredibly seductive — I love reading other people’s bucket lists, and making my own.But here’s what happens when you make a bucket list:

Teens, sex and anti-depressants

Some teens have sex. Some teens are on anti-depressants. Some teens are both sexually active and have a prescription for anti-depressants.

A gradual approach to healthy eating

A lot of us have tried various diets over the years, with little success. I remember trying about half a dozen different diets when I was trying to lose weight, and none of them stuck for more than a few weeks.Why is that? A few reasons:

Emotional violence, physical violence and consent

We just wrapped up our 2nd meeting (my first!) and things are getting exciting! This week we finished our overview of healthy youth relationships. There was so much great information in Lisa’s presentation.

Get informed about healthy eating during Nutrition Month 2015

Muddy. Sloppy. Supposed to be spring but it's still snowing. Then raining. Then warm. Then snowing. It's the month of St. Patty's Day, so more sloppiness (drink responsibly!)....

Healthy relationships team

Our last reunion, and first encounter was quite uplifting. We learned to know each other with short presentations in form of a collage, except for me! I explained I always did things like no other so everyone kind of understood why I did that.  But that isn’t the point.

Making sense of the teenage brain

The awkward social situations that seem to plague adolescence happen for reasons more complex than the universe having it out for you, like it often feels at that age.

"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.


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?

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

Art by Erin Schulthies
(This blog was originally published at http://daisiesandbruises.com/2015/02/15/six-reasons-stopped-cutting/ )

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.