Let’s talk: mental health myths

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Coworkers talkingWhen you think of someone with a mental illness, what type of person do you think of? Is it someone that has “completely lost it”, or someone you believe to be weak and who can’t “keep it together”? Despite a general increase in mental health awareness, these perceptions still have a strong hold on us. The best way to bring about change in attitudes is to break mental myths that force us to live up to being the perfect Supermom, the Dynamic Dad, or the Excellent Employee – all the time.

Here are three top myths about mental health and some ways to debunk them:

Myth #1:

“Counselling is only

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The forgotten chemotherapy side-effect: supporting someone with chemo brain

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A woman meditatingWhen most people think about supporting someone going through chemotherapy to treat their cancer, the focus tends to be around the initial period and during the treatment itself. These are understandably very emotional times when your show of support is critical. Learning what to say to someone dealing with cancer is a good place to start, however, it should only be the beginning of your ongoing support that extends long after their radiation has ended. Family, friends and colleagues need to continue to be understanding towards cancer patients and survivors as they move through a non-life threatening, yet potentially challenging, phase of their lives due to potentially developing “chemo brain”.

Understanding

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When working out together doesn’t work out

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A couple exercisingHaving a workout partner can be a lot of fun: they can push you to your limits and provide motivation. Other times, it’s not so great: they create pitfalls in workout partnerships. Here are some situations when working out doesn’t work out, and how to deal with them.

1. You are at different fitness levels. A person who has been lifting weights long-term or who has a few marathons under their belt is not well-matched with someone who has never lifted weights or ran before.

  • It becomes monotonous to remove and replace the plates on a bar when there is a significant difference in strength.
  • It’s discouraging when you are out
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Why do I get depressed? How can I stop it?

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Why do I get depressed? How can I stop it?Exactly what causes depression really isn’t completely understood. Any of a combination of factors can lead to depression: personal or family history of depression; hormonal changes; an underlying illness; a profound loss; and/or prolonged distress, such has a poor relationship or a poor job fit. Any of these can trigger an episode of depression. The good news is that help is available and most people recover from depression.

Treatment falls into two categories, counselling and medication, which work jointly to help you get back to normal.

Counselling: Meeting with a counsellor provides you with a place to openly and privately talk about your feelings and experiences. Your counsellor can help you …

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Smoking e-cigarettes: is vaping a healthy alternative to smoking?

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a cigaretteThere’s a new ‘smoke on the block’ called e-cigarettes, or e-cigs for short, and it already has a raging fire of controversy burning around it. On one hand, e-cig supporters have promoted them as healthy alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and on the other hand, e-cig opponents have quickly banned their use in the workplace and indoor public spaces due to the dangers that they pose to our health. As a smoker, you might be wondering: “can e-cigarettes be a healthy alternative to smoking?” However, before you pick up the habit, you may be interested to learn that e-cig ingredients are likely unhealthy, and that a smoker’s willpower and ability …

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