MindF#!k Blog

Don't waste a moment

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Lately I’ve been struck with the idea of how limited our lives are, and how little time we have to make something of them.Imagine if you had a month to live: how would you spend it?

Bowling inhibitions

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I’ve recently had an interesting experience I would like to share with all of you. One of my close friends just celebrated her birthday and as part of her celebration we went bowling.

A bittersweet closure

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For those of you who haven’t read my first blog, I am a Child and Youth Worker (fast track) student who has been on placement with mindyourmind.ca since early June of this

Suicide reporting guidelines and the media

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By now, most everyone has heard of the death of actor, Robin Williams at age 63. He died by suicide. He died Monday evening, after a long battle with severe depression and difficulties with addictions. 

Sexually transmitted and blood borne infections among street-involved youth

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The Public Health Agency of Canada released five fact sheets: Addressing determinants of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) among street-involved youth.

This moment

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We all suffer, every day: worry, procrastination, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, irritated, angry, frustrated, wishing things were different, comparing ourselves to others, worried we’re missing out, wishing other people would be different, feeling offended, loneliness, fear of

Cards Against Harassment

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“Making unwanted comments about my body is harassment”.

Everyone drinks. Why shouldn't I?

I get asked all the time why I feel my recovery is so sturdy.  And I will always caution myself and others not to fall prey to the idea that my recovery is sturdy beyond the 24 hours that lays ahead of me.

Suicide prevention resource

TOGETHER TO LIVE (website logo).
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders from across the province, recently launched Together to live /

The blame game

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On Friday, July 25th a passenger on Sunwing Airlines flight 772 bound for Panama from Pearson Airport in Toronto forced the plane t

Practicing being late

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My panic attacks were frequently about being late. Tardiness worried me to no end. Whether it was for work or friends or family, to be late was to be an awful person.

Just let me feel sad already!!

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In high school, my friends were my rocks. They always understood the things I was going through (the best they could) and were there at the drop of a hat if I needed them.

From one student to another…

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Let’s face it – post secondary education can be just as stressful as it is fun. So, for those of you moving on from high school to a new chapter in your life, here is your one stop shop for tips to get the most out of post-secondary education!

How to stop your habit changes from getting derailed

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Manytimes when we try to make a good change in our lives, it gets derailed early on by something out of our control.

Proceed with caution

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Bright lights, roaring crowds, and a wave of bodies jumping up and down to the music of their favourite DJ.  There’s nothing quite like standing in the crowd, watching your favourite artist perform.

Things that have been said to me about my depression...

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Things I don't like that have been said to me about my mental illness1. You just over-exaggerate, you need to move on.3. You'll never get through this, you're too weak.4. What's wrong with you?

Blooming Late

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I didn't like elementary school. Or high school. Or even the first four years of my post-secondary education.

Text therapy

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All too often, we have heard the stories of young people who commit suicide. All too often, these individuals have spent a great deal of time suffering in silence. All too often, the stigma surrounding mental health has contributed to whether or not someone will seek help.

We are all the same inside

When people ask me “what do you do for a living?” and I tell them I work in advertising and communications, I sometimes get disapproving looks. I’ll be the first to admit, the advertising industry can be evil, oh so very evil.

Resist the two temptations

As I prepare to release my first book, Recovery 2.0:  Overcoming Addiction and Thriving Through Yoga, Meditation and The 12-Steps (Hay House October, 2014), I have been noticing a lot of negative press of late about Alcoholics Anonymous, the

Why we have regret

We’ve all heard the phrase, “No regrets!”, usually uttered when about to do something a little unwise perhaps.And yet, as alluring as the “Living Without Regrets” philosophy sounds, it’s not always so easy.We regret missed opportunities.

Robot Hugs, it’s like you’re inside my head!

Ever heard of the blog Robot Hugs? No? Okay, let me introduce you, to one of the funniest, and moving, blogs I’ve ever followed.

Mary Sues, role models, and coping with life

I have often read that there was a reason Disney cartoon character Kim Possible is such a Mary Sue. A Mary Sue, for those who don’t know, is at its core a character that is so perfect that they have no room for character development and can’t possibly fail.

In memory of Colin

So ever since I got home from the Celebration of Life today, I’ve had one of Colin’s favourite songs on repeat. Seabird by Alessi Brothers. Colin died by suicide on June 8, 2014.

Beginning my placement with mindyourmind…

First of all I want to extend a “hello” to the avid readers of the mindyourmind literature and express how grateful I am to be engaging in a placement with mindyourmind and to be writing to you today

The power of a song

I was driving on my lunch hour the other day, heading to the vet to pick up more medicine for cat, and was looking forward to the solo drive, to decompress from what up to that point had become a stressful day. I’ll admit, I enjoy driving alone through the city.

What about helping a family member?

Ok, so we tell you how to help yourself when dealing with mental health issues, how to talk to someone like a doctor, therapist, counsellor and how to help a friend, all in our Help section.

Anti-bullying empathy app

So I just read a quick article on this app, which rewards players for acts of empathy and kindness in the game and penalizes them heavily for acts of