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Empathy vs. Sympathy


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 and Work Stress

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.

Welcoming Our Newest Team Member

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!


Mindful Eating and Disordered Eating Prevention

“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

Eating for Mental Health and Well Being

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:

BC First Responders' Mental Health Conference

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. 

Help end the stigma around mental illness. It’s easier than you think!

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.

Managing Holiday Season Challenges

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.

Family conflict

Mental Health is Not Just the Absence of Mental Illness

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.   

Talking to Your Child About Marijuana: 3 Responses for Parents

Watching an illegal substance become legal and available for sale is an unusual occurrence in modern day society. No generation since the days of prohibition can recall this sort of transition from illegal to legal, so it’s understandable that there are fears and concerns surrounding the legalization of marijuana. Like most issues parents are forced to face, this topic, regardless of how one feels about it, can serve as a wonderful spring board for parents to discuss the reality of substance use and abuse in our culture.