Monthly Archives: October 2013

Helping kids develop effective study habits


Developing effective study habitsTalking with a counsellor can help. Client login 1866 833-7690
Find support for your child with our Children’s Support Solutions.

The right study habits can make learning easier, improve marks, and generally make school life (and home life) more pleasant.

Although it is never too late to begin, the very best time to help your child acquire good study habits is before he or she really needs them. A child who discovers the joy of learning early will never find schoolwork quite as tedious as the student who is forced into learning at home because the school demands it.

Introduce study habits at a young age

  • Before your child reaches the homework years, begin to set aside a quiet
read more

World Mental Health Day


World Mental Health DayWorld Mental Health Day occurs every year on October 10 in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy – a time to reach out and support someone you know who suffers from mental illness.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association:

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

Reaching out for help can be quite intimidating for some, but when you …

read more

Have you ever been depressed?


I don’t know if you’ve ever been depressed…  Even getting out of bed in the morning becomes a huge deal. Everything just seems so pointless…

This is David’s story:

Well, my wife had left me…and, uh…

It’s really a bad place to be at this point in my life, you know…because my wife…my kids, my house, everything we built together is gone. Even old friends end up taking sides.

I just…I just felt too old to start all over again…I didn’t know where to begin.

read more

Mental Illness Awareness Week offers hope


Mental Illness Awareness Week 2013 Faces of Hope

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) from October 6 to 12 is an annual, public education campaign spearheaded by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), with the support of thousands of mental healthcare organizations and volunteers. MIAW aims to promote discussion and informed decision-making about mental health issues.

One of MIAW’s goals is to ensure future generations are not impeded by the stigma currently surrounding mental illness. The organization’s Chair, Dr. John Smith says that more has to be done to ensure that Canadians suffering from serious mental illnesses get the care, support, treatment and rehabilitation they need. He says,

“With one in five Canadians experiencing a mental illness during their lifetime, it’s crucial that we educate

read more

Turkey dump survival tips


Turkey Dump survival tipsThe so-called turkey dump happens when a first-year college or university student returns home for Thanksgiving and breaks up with their high-school sweetheart.  Though the term, Turkey Dump, may seem insensitive, making light can be a good way to cope with real sadness and loss. Sometimes, it just feels better to know you’re not the only victim of the turkey dump.

Whether the relationship ends at Thanksgiving or at some other time, chances are it needed to end.  This is a time of transition and change, a time for letting go and being open to new relationships, new experiences and personal growth. The one you loved at 16 or 17 is not likely the right person when you’re 25, 35 …

read more