MindF#!k Blog

Overwhelmed & rushed? Do a stress assess

A numbered to do list.
If you find yourself rushing from task to task, worried that you don’t have time to do everything …If you are feeling a high amount of stress and are just overwhelmed by the number of things you have to do …You might try doing a Stress Assess.

Youth substance abuse prevention

Road sign that reads: "Healthy Life, Next Exit".
From November 17–21, 2014, mindyourmind joins the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and addiction organizations across the country to mark National Addictions

Surround yourself with the messages you want to receive

"Love Yourself", written in the sand.
We grow up receiving messages from our parents, our friends, TV shows, media and literally from EVERYTHING in our lives, that shape the way we think about ourselves and how we perceive the world around us.

Self care & recovery plan

This is something I’m doing for myself this weekend. I decided that simply having a “self-care plan” in my head and making a few vague written notes was not enough. I wanted a template. A template to record my plan and to help stimulate creative thinking on it.

Nov 17-21, 2014 is National Addictions Awareness Week

Each year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW).

Holiday hard times

I can remember as a kid how excited I used to get for Christmas; I’d lose sleep over it all the time.  I think it was more than anything; just that one time a year our whole family would have the chance to be together, in happiness and in joy.  We used to do the trad

The heartbreaking cruelty of comparing yourself to others

We all do it: we look at what others are doing and wish we were doing that too.Or, alternatively, we scoff at what they’re doing and judge them, and see ourselves as better.One makes us feel bad, the other makes us feel superior.Neither makes us happy.

Music saved my life

Music is one of the most important things in my life.  It has gotten me through extremely difficult times.  It has inspired me to do so many different things, including writing.  I do not write, without music.  I can’t.  Music is my inspiration. 

Exercise reduces social anxiety

Queens’ University researchers have recently discovered that exercise can have a positive effect on individuals with social anxiety disorders.

The importance of stillness and quiet

My teacher, Guruprem,  has always stressed the importance of getting in touch with "the subtle”.  He used to say that we want to connect with and be thrilled by it.

Why you should put your phone down

Three teenage boys sitting on a couch, all on their cell phones.
Within your circle of friends, there are (most likely) people that have cell phones.

Rights and responsibilities for nude pics

A girl taking a selfie picture.
This is a bit of a taboo subject, and there is a seemingly large gap on the internet in regards to this subject. But sending / receiving nude pictures is becoming a popular activity, and we should be talking about it.

The end of the day philosophy

‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’~Bill Watterson

I quit!

On June 4, 2014, I finally did it! I made a decision and I knew I was going to stick by it this time. I chose my health. I chose to respect my body. I chose to prevent future illness.

Are you being 'perfect' instead of being real?

Mirror on a wall.
What if it was your vulnerability rather than your “faux perfection” that inspired others? One of the trends I see, first in myself and now in others – especially those of us who want to do the kind of work that I do – is that we are trying to b

Captain Illness terrors while watching movies and television

Having a mental illness generally means there is some part of your life that you have less control over than you would like. That portion is run by Captain Illness. Either C.I.

How to talk with your friends about your ADHD.

Two teen boys walking and talking.
When you’ve been diagnosed with a condition like ADHD, it can be tough to know how to explain it to your friends.

We should be doing good things in the world if we can...

Two friends playing video games.
Mental health is an incredibly important topic for myself. As a person who fights with depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder, finding the tools and outlets needed is invaluable. For me, this is why mindyourmind is so important.

Check out the anti-stigma #Selfree campaign!

Last week, during Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Youth Advisory Committee of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, of which I am a part of, launched our awareness camp

If you aren't fearful, you aren't growing!

Have you considered that expansion and growth feel scary? So many times I get asked how to "get rid" of fear or how to not feel a negative feeling. And I give the same old answer. If we aren't afraid most of the time, we aren't growing.

A lesson in humanity

The Prince Edward Viaduct bridge in Toronto, Ontario.
This isn’t a story about a bridge.This story isn’t about the fact that the bridge was once notorious for having the second-highest suicide rate in North America. Or even that the bridge once averaged one death every 22 days.

The gift of listening

Two young girls talking and listening to each other.
I am a nurse who has worked in mental health and addictions for 27 years. During that time I have heard hundreds of stories and each of them have left me with some appreciation of the gift of being able to listen and hear about the lives of so many truly inspirational people.

Lifetraps: Unrelenting standards & failure

The list of therapists I’ve seen since realizing I may have a mental illness is lengthy.  The positive experiences I’ve had from seeing those therapists are exceptionally limited, along with the various techniques utilized in those sessions.  This is why I’ve always

WES For Youth Online

Typing on a screen: "www".
On September 26, 2011, Jamie and Yolanda Cameron of Walkerton lost their youngest son, Wes, to suicide. Devastated and desperate for answers, the Cameron family discovered that 16 year-old Wes was one of many teenagers in the area who were suffering alone and in silence.

Forest City Comicon selects mindyourmind as charity of choice

Forest City Comicon team
I remember waking up on the couch one Christmas Eve, more than 10 years ago now. My mom was silently weeping while my sister comforted her. They thought I was asleep and all I heard was “I didn’t think she would make it”.

The guts to stay sober...

When I was 60 days sober I moved to San Francisco.  As destiny would have it the International Convention of Young People in AA was having its annual conference in my new hometown.

Can we have an internet without bullying and "trolls"?

Girl upset while looking at her laptop.
As someone who was gifted as being awesomely different and quirky, I spent most of my childhood feeling like an outcast. I tried so hard to understand Barbies, to care about pop music and to have crushes on TV actors and movie stars, just so I could fit in with others.

How can I help?

A hand playing the piano.
As a kid with a big sister, the notion of helping wasn’t necessarily instinctive for me. My big sister (who’s a whopping two years older than myself), had done it all first. She was there to ask for help if I needed it.