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Can we talk about mental health?

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Every day 50,000 Canadian workers will call in sick because of mental illness.

Understanding mental illness starts with understanding the stigma, which is the philosophy behind the #BellLetsTalk campaign. Through this campaign, Bell wants to raise awareness about mental health by encouraging people to talk about it. Simply, the more we talk about it, the more we understand, and the less powerful the stigma becomes.

The only trouble is many of us don’t like to talk about mental health. About half of us fear that talking about our mental health in the workplace will limit our opportunities. Research shows …

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Body image part 3: Anorexia and bulimia

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Body image part 3: anorexia and bulimiaTake this mini-quiz. Do any of these characteristics sound familiar or maybe even sound off an alarm bell?

  • An obsession with being thin and focus on weight
  • Compulsive behaviours such as weighing oneself, measuring food
  • Use of laxatives, diuretic medications and even intentional vomiting after meals
  • Refusal to eat or eating only a few morsels, despite drastic weight loss
  • Alternating binging on foods with suppression of eating
  • Are you a female between the ages of 12-25 (Note: although these eating disorders are most commonly represented in females between the ages of 12-25 years, it is also on the rise
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Mental health challenges: red flags to look for

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Mental health challenges: red flags to look forEveryone has bad days and life can feel painful sometimes. We can have stressful weeks, months, or even years. Too many demands, financial problems, family or work conflict, loss or injury are some of the issues that can cause imbalance in life. During these times we are challenged to stay healthy, to manage our negative feelings and to “cope.”

When faced with all of these challenges, it can sometimes be difficult to be objective. The actual state of our mental health is not easy to assess and is not always directly related to the amount of stress in our …

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Pressure and perfectionism

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Pressure and perfectionism“If only I were smarter”; “I should be more successful”; “I just need to work for one more hour, then everything will be fine.”

Does any of this sound familiar? These are just some of the thoughts that torment perfectionists.

Doing well is a good thing. It’s great to be proud of your work and have it recognized and rewarded. However, when achievement becomes a constant source of stress in your life, then it has become a problem that needs attention.

Here are some signs that you may be dealing with unhealthy perfectionism:

  • Continually refining your work and that
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Helping yourself to feel better

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Helping yourself to feel betterFeeling awful is, well… awful! And no amount of “oh, just cheer up already” is going to help. But there are some big – and little – things that will help:

  • Know this: YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOU ARE SPECIAL. Remind yourself of your strengths and trust yourself. Remind yourself every day.
  • FORGIVE YOURSELF. Not one single person in the history of humanity was or is perfect. Really. Control negative thoughts by remembering to keep perspective and look for the positive.
  • Avoid using drugs and alcohol. They don’t help – they only numb you up for a bit, and
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