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You Matter Day

Warning: This post contains references to youth suicideOn Sunday, November 13, 2016, people around North America connected on Facebook to tell or show people how much they mattered.

The busiest time of the year

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.

Amanda Seyfried Opens Up

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.

Is This an Antidepressant?

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”.

A Short Guide to Starting, if You’re Struggling

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.

A Primer on Understanding & Compassion

A reader wrote to me that he is frustrated with himself — he hasn’t been as compassionate to people as he’d like recently.

F*ck it, do what you love

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.

The Face Everything Technique: Why Avoiding Difficulties Doesn’t Work

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:

Our Everloving Quest to Control Our Lives

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?

Enough of the Quick-fix Mentality

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

Get Ready. Change is Coming.

What is Be Change?Imagine this…

This is Mental Illness Awareness week.

More and more, community agencies are choosing to focus on mental wellness. Which is great! Resilience strategies are a crucial piece of creating a mentally healthy community.

Our Relationship with the Present Moment

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.

Small Steps

Those who are living or have lived with depression are familiar with the extreme fatigue and lack of motivation that often accompanies the disorder.