This is an exciting time of year at mindyourmind. Students are back in school, our design work is back in full swing and our partners are excited to work with youth in new, innovative ways before year end.
Well, it’s that time of year again... “Movember”! In honour of this, we want to bring some attention to an awesome initiative right here in Canada that was co-created between the Movember Foundation and The University of British Columbia.
This week, a great new interview with Amanda Seyfried came out. In it, she talks about her eyes, her dog… and her mental illness. Amanda talks about how she’s struggled with OCD since she was a teen, and takes a medication for it.
I know a lot of people who fall into a slump, losing the habit of exercise, procrastinating with work, slipping into a bad diet, and generally not feeling motivated.It’s hard to get out of a slump like that.
Many of you might have seen a popular meme going around on social media this week. The top half is a picture of a forest that says “This is an antidepressant”. The bottom half is a picture of pills that reads “This is Sh*t”.
When I was 6 years old, we inherited my great-grandmother’s piano. I immediately took to it, and begged for lessons. For the next 10 years, music would be a constant part of my life. Whether it was piano, ukulele, violin, musical theatre, or choir - I couldn’t get enough.
We are, all of us, amazing at avoiding things.Our minds are less “thinking machines” than they are “avoiding machines.” And the incredible thing is that we aren’t even usually aware that we’re avoiding thinking about something.I’ll give you a few examples:
Almost our entire lives are spent in a quest to gain control, security and comfort in our lives. Unfortunately, we never really get it, so we keep trying, relentlessly.This is the main activity of our lives.What would happen if we stopped?
There is so much to be done in the world of suicide prevention, and while we may be making some small steps in starting more conversations, creating more awareness, dismantling more stigma, there are so many underlying beliefs and attitudes that need to be acknowledged and cha
Have you ever thought of the present moment as a loved one?I’ve been working with this thought lately, and I find it helpful when I’m feeling rushed, distracted, worried, upset, frustrated, anxious, sad, irritated.
This is the first September in 16 years that doesn’t mean back to school for me. I just can’t quite shake the feeling that I should be throwing on a backpack, shopping for pencils and binders, checking my class schedule.
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