Mental health

Journaling: The Path to Self-improvement, Satisfaction, and Success.

Journaling: The Path to Self-improvement, Satisfaction, and Success.

It’s 2018, and yes you may have a host of new year’s resolutions already sought out for … but if I could add one more item to your list, consider the daily practice of journaling. It doesn’t have to be an hour power writing session on the daily, but perhaps a few minutes scheduled into your morning or evening routine ...

Workplace Absences Due to Mental Health Issues: An Update

Workplace Absences Due to Mental Health Issues: An Update

The numbers are in from a new poll conducted in April that details Canadian's experiences with mental health issues and how they impacted their lives, especially work. The main findings certainly do indicate that a large number of Canadians are dealing with mental illness and it is affecting their lives. The results include these staggering stats....

Sick Calls and Mental Health: Is There a Connection?

Sick Calls and Mental Health: Is There a Connection?

Have you ever felt that you are having a hard time going to work because of mental health reasons?

Do you find that you are calling in sick because of this?

Well, you are not alone! In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health issues ...

 

Reframe Your New Year's Resolutions

Reframe Your New Year's Resolutions

2017 is officially here ... which suggests that we begin to conquer our New Year's resolutions with a new light. In fact, the early Babylonians believed that what people did on the first day of the year affected what they did for the rest of that calendar year (Durlofsky, 2016). Although this Babylonian philosophy may a bit extreme, many of us share a similar viewpoint in that we have a blank slate to work with, and a chance to start a new chapter of life! It is the perfect opportunity to start over, refresh our mental state, or change bad habits.  

Compassion Fatigue part 2: Strategies and Tips!

Compassion Fatigue part 2: Strategies and Tips!

A few weeks ago we published a post about compassion fatigue inspired by some research about the negative impacts of compassion fatigue on front-line health care workers. 

As promised we will now be sharing some individual and workplace strategies to help prevent and combat compassion fatigue for individuals working in any field, industry or role. 

How Daily Rituals Foster Individual Productivity

How Daily Rituals Foster Individual Productivity

How do you make the time each day to do your best work? Or organize your schedule in order to be more creative and productive? We all have our personal quirks that get us going in the morning, whether it be a routine cup of coffee, or a 20-minute treadmill session. Pondering about unique productivity hacks is what inspired me to pick up the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. 

The Coffee Debate: Is caffeine good or bad for your mental health?

The Coffee Debate: Is caffeine good or bad for your mental health?

Do you like to start your day off without a nice, warm cup(s) of coffee or grande latte each morning? There are many controversies regarding caffeine and its risks and benefits. In this post I turned to the literature to provide an evidence-based understanding of caffeine’s effects on mental health. Coffee is a highly consumed beverage and due to it’s mildly addictive properties, it is hard to resist! Caffeine is the most popular and widely available drug in the world, thus it is an important topic to discuss.

Your Lunchtime Drink May Be Linked to Depression

Your Lunchtime Drink May Be Linked to Depression

What did you have for lunch today? Did it include a fizzy, sweet, mildly addictive liquid, such as pop? While looking around the park during my lunch break, I have recently noticed the large number of people that have a pop to accompany their meals. Sweetened beverages like pop are the most consumed non-alcoholic beverages around the world.

Publicly funded Psychotherapy - the Future?

Publicly funded Psychotherapy - the Future?

According to this recent article in the Globe and Mail, a report published in Quebec is highlighting the long-lasting benefits that psychotherapy can have on symptoms of depression and anxiety. The article mentions how psychotherapy is more cost-effective and long-term than medications, yet, medications are the first line of treatment offered to many Canadians when they are experiencing mental health challenges. 

Reflections on "Twelve ways to treat your employees like humans"

Reflections on "Twelve ways to treat your employees like humans"

This article recently published in the Globe and Mail caught our interest, and as we were reading we couldn't help but relate the tips on treating employees as humans to employee mental health. The tips in this article are simple, concrete and clear and we encourage you to have a read though of them here.

We noticed that many of the tips relate to elements of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.