Mental Health

What Do Your Instagram Posts Say About Your Mental Health?

What Do Your Instagram Posts Say About Your Mental Health?

Can the photos you post on social media reveal information about your mental health? A new research study might have the answer...

Connect, Communicate, Care: World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

Connect, Communicate, Care: World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day, an initiative organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. That's equivalent to one person every 40 seconds. In Canada, the latest figures tell us that 3,926 Canadians took their own life (data from Statistics Canada, 2012). 

Spring Cleaning for Your Home, Workspace, and Mind

Spring Cleaning for Your Home, Workspace, and Mind

As the warm weather is approaching, we may be dreading that one daunting task that calls our name in the midst of April showers and blooming flowers ... that is spring cleaning! However, what you may not know is that all of that dusting, scrubbing, and roll-up-your sleeves worthy activity can serve us twofold. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of a tidied closet, a sparkling counter top, and open desk spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress and heightened creativity (Psychology Today, 2015). Let's face it, spring cleaning doesn’t just look good, it feels good.

1 Trillion Dollar Losses & Other Mental Health Stats

1 Trillion Dollar Losses & Other Mental Health Stats

The Guardian recently shared some staggering numbers related to mental health and work based on research completed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The financial impact of mental health in the workplace is a huge driver behind the work we do and the reasons companies focus on supporting mental health. These numbers are quite astonishing...


     

Are you “Mind full” or Mindful?

Are you “Mind full” or Mindful?

Why are we so unhappy? Could it be because we are always too focused on the future and forget to stop and appreciate everything we have in the present? Many of us have heard this numerous times before yet fail to appreciate what it actually means. 

Scientific Evidence Supports Aromatherapy to Reduce Stress

Scientific Evidence Supports Aromatherapy to Reduce Stress

Life is stressful. Although some stress is not a bad thing, experiencing too much stress can be damaging to your health. What are some ways you de-stress? Have you ever considered aromatherapy? Scientific evidence supports the use of aromatherapy as a "de-stressor" that can help your body experience lower levels of stress. 

Sticking to the Basics

Sticking to the Basics

Are you having a bad day at work? Bad week? Feeling sad? Overwhelmed? Anxious? Regretful? Want to regenerate for 2016? Well, you are not alone! Sometimes we feel all of these things and need a quick way of resetting our minds to get us through. Doctor Mike Evans, doctor/professor at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto calls this “get through the day” or “get through the week” advice. As part of his video lecture series on mental health, Dr. Evans suggests that we gear down and stick to the basics.

Millennial Mental Health

Millennial Mental Health

“Lazy”. “Cry babies”. “Technology-dependent”. “Entitled”. “Self-absorbed”. Millennials (also known as Generation Y) have been on the receiving end of these criticisms too often. For those of you belonging to Generation Y, these erroneous generalizations may unfortunately ring a bell.

Maternity leave, Paternity leave, or both?

Maternity leave, Paternity leave, or both?

Despite fathers taking on a more active and nurturing role, it usually women who take maternity leave to stay with the child for the first period of the newborn’s life? Although the number of Canadian fathers receiving paid paternal leave has increased to 20% in 2006, it is still low compared to Nordic countries - Sweden (90%), Norway (89%) and Iceland (84%) (Marshall, 2014). The big question remains: Why are so few Canadian fathers taking paternal leaves?