Monthly Archives: October 2014

The zen guide to dealing with an ex

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couple looking away from each otherRunning into your ex-partner at the grocery store or movie theatre can make you feel very anxious, especially if their partner is with them. This is true even if you’re newly separated or if you signed the divorce papers months ago. Unfortunately, there will be many times when you will need to deal with each other because of your shared relationships with your kids, friends and family members. These encounters could take place on joyous occasions such as graduations and weddings, or at mournful events like funerals. Regardless of the circumstances, it is important that you learn to let go of your ex so that you can move on with …

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Palliative care: living with dying (Part one)

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elderly manPalliative care. It’s not a sexy subject and I’d even guess it’s on most people’s top 10 list of conversations to  avoid. Palliative care doesn’t typically conjure up warm feelings; instead images of dark shadows and strong emotions come to mind.  I learned this early when, as a fairly new grad, I accepted a position with the Palliative Care Team at a Hamilton hospital.  I had a sobering effect on a dinner conversation when I was asked what I did for a living.  It was enlightening as I realized that the subject of palliative care makes people anxious. Because of that, I expected avoidance from people yet, ironically, I often became …

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Mental Illness Awareness Week: How can you get involved?

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MIAW 2014 BannerMental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. MIAW aims to promote discussion and informed decision-making about mental health issues. One way to end the stigma of mental illness and bring education to the forefront is to talk about it. It is a time to reach out and support someone you know who suffers from mental illness.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, the causes of mental illness are:

  • A complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors causes mental illnesses.
  • Almost one half (49%) of those who feel
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3 mistakes to avoid when a co-worker returns to work after a traumatic event

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I don't know where it all went wrongAt one time it was believed that avoidance was the best way to support a co-worker after they returned to the site of a workplace trauma. It was typical of managers or HR representatives to:

  • avoid the topic and any references to the incident
  • reassign duties so that the co-worker would not work in the same location where the traumatic event occurred
  • tell the co-worker about personal experiences with a similar traumatic event that occurred at another workplace.

We have since learned otherwise. We now know that it is important to be attentive and to foster an environment where the individual who experienced the traumatic event is supported by co-workers …

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