MindF#!k Blog

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

Two signs: one that says old way, one that says new way.
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

Emergency personnel carrying a stretcher in front of an ambulance.
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

The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study is looking for youth voices

We have an exciting opportunity:If you are passionate about child and youth mental health, and would like to be part of a large and important study, we are looking for your voice. 

To my dearest little Kerri

Hi, It’s the older version of you. Weird, I know.

Praying for my health at the Monkey Temple

Around New Year’s of 2011 I went to India with my partner Patrick. I was right in the thick of some of my worse periods of mental health difficulties.

Going outside your comfort zone completely goes against human instinct

I’ve been encouraged to step out side my “comfort zone” probably since at least grade 3.

The only true failure is giving up!

I was watching an awesomeTony Robbins video (love this man) and he said something pretty funny. He was talking about how most people's idea of 'balance' is a flat-lined life.

How does a healthy or unhealthy diet contribute to or affect your mental health?

When many people think of healthy habits, they think of how it impacts their bodies. Fitness, exercise, proper eating and other aspects of health are usually visualized by a trim body in commercials. However, proper health can also affect your mind.

The most important two minutes of your life

Two minutes here and there rarely matter very much over the course of a day, a week, a lifetime.But there are two minutes you could spend, right now, that would have a huge impact on your life.I’ll save you the suspense: it’s two-minute meditation.

The journey to a thousand days…

Habits are nothing more than a chain reaction between the mind, the glandular system and the nervous system.

Can it be healthy to hate your life sometimes?

On Monday I wrote about changing your negative self-talk so that instead of hating you

Coming back from a setback

I set myself a challenge recently, and I’ve been failing at it.I decided to only eat bland food, with no variety. The month is only 2/3 over, but I’ve struggled much more than I’d anticipated.

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Tomorrow (May 17), people in over 120 countries will recognize the 9th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

How are your gardening skills?

I recently started the process of trying to grow a vegetable garden. Last year, was my first attempt. It went okay, but man, it isn’t easy. I certainly do not have a green thumb either. But, determination, and the value I give local produce, allowed me to persevere.

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

It was a week before Mother’s Day and I decided to make a scrapbook for my mom for mother’s day and I had gone through so many old boxes of pictures, it was ridiculous.