Do you have a loved one with psychosis or work with people who struggle with this form of mental illness? If you do, or simply feel motivated to learn more about what it is like for people who experience psychosis, the Mental Health Recovery Partners Society North Island is presenting the Hearing Voices Workshop in Campbell River on Wed, Feb 12th from 1:30-4:30pm. For more information, please see the poster below.
We loved this short animated video with voiceover by Dr. Brene Brown so much that we want to share it with everyone. In it she explains the difference between empathy and sympathy and how empathy is really about making a connection with another person.
High work engagement refers to viewing one’s job as very important, taking one’s job seriously, and applying a great degree of effort toward the successful execution of one’s job. Being highly engaged with work is often touted as an ideal way for workers to be on the job and as the best approach for achieving career success and satisfaction. Indeed, being highly engaged with work can lead to career success and satisfaction. However, if other work-related factors are not present, then high work engagement can also be related to serious mental health challenges.
We are excited to announce that starting in May we had a Counselling Intern join our team!
Cheryl Close is in the final stages of completing her Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She will be joining us 3 days per week and seeing clients from May till December 2019 in order to complete her clinical practicum requirements. Cheryl enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for nature.
Welcome to the team Cheryl!
“The core principles of mindful eating include being aware of the nourishment available through the process of food preparation and consumption, choosing enjoyable and nutritious foods, acknowledging food preferences nonjudgmentally, recognizing and honoring physical hunger and satiety cues, and using wisdom to guide eating decisions.” –Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD
The idea that our eating habits have a significant impact on our physical health has been a well-established fact for many years. More recently, research has provided evidence to show that our eating habits are also closely related to our mental health and well-being.
So, what are healthy eating habits? Let’s start with the types of food that have been found to support mental health. A number of studies have shown a range of outcomes connecting nutrition and mental health, including:
People from all around the province are coming together this week for the inaugural BC First Responders' Mental Health Conference. Here at UIC we are excited to see the way this topic is continuing to move in the right direction, and the number of people who are coming together to show they care about the mental health and wellness of our first responders. Check out this link to read all about what's happening soon in Richmond.
January 30th is Bell Let’s Talk Day. For every text message sent by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, Bell will donate 5 cents toward mental health initiatives. Even if you are not a Bell customer, there are other ways to help.
It’s a fact: One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.
The holiday season is typically advertised as a time of festivity and joy. For many people this portrayal is fairly accurate, but for many others the holidays can be a difficult time for a multitude of reasons. Three of the more common challenges are family conflict, depression, and over-indulgence. Below are some ideas about how to manage these issues and make the most of the holidays.
We recently came across this blogger article by Naomi Vaida about how mental illness alone is not what determines good or bad mental health. Mental health is something that should be taken care of much the same way as physical health. In fact, the two go hand in hand and can effect each other in both positive and negative ways. The following viewpoint explains why it is important to consider a more proactive approach to mental health rather than focusing on resolving or coping with mental illness after it has manifested.