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Home alone for the holidays – First Chat to the rescue

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Home alone for the Holidays: First Chat to the rescueDecember is typically the most stressful month of the year. The malls are busy, seasonal music has been playing in shops and elevators since the leaves started falling, and we find ourselves running around shopping for family, friends and co-workers, and attending dinners, brunches, and office parties. To top it all off, we have to visit multiple homes on the same day, filling our bellies with too much food.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s no escaping the overload.

For some of us, it can be an exceptionally lonely time of year, leaving us feeling bereft of holiday warmth and cheer. You may be far away from family, grieving a loved one, or just feeling left out. Contrary to …

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Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health 2014

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We can help - 1 866 833-7690In 2010 Bell announced that it would be contributing $50 million to mental health related initiatives over the next five years. The Bell Mental Health initiative supports an extensive range of programs to enhance mental health in every aspect of Canadian life.

The four pillars of this initiative are:

  1. workplace mental health
  2. research
  3. community care and access
  4. anti-stigma

One of the key pillars of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative is anti-stigma. As part of Bell’s efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign has already begun to engage Canadians in the dialogue around mental health.

Once again, with Olympian Clara Hughes front and centre, the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign will feature a …

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What is video counselling?

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What is Video CounsellingReaching out for help should be easy, convenient and accessible. With video counselling, it is! Even for those with limited technical know-how, accessing counselling through your computer from the comfort of your own home appeals to many people for many reasons.

Forget about juggling schedules and finding a therapist who works after hours! Video counselling fits to your lifestyle and works for everyone’s busy schedule. If you live in a remote area where counsellors are few and far between, video counselling brings professional support right to your front door. And if mobility is an issue, all you need is a computer, an Internet connection and a webcam and you’re all set.

For others who feel uncomfortable with face-to-face therapy, …

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Podcast: What happens when you call our Client Care Access Centre?

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Podcast: What happens when you call our Client Care Access Centre?Reaching out for help can be quite intimidating for some, but when you call our Client Care Access Centre, you will be greeted by one of our friendly and highly trained representatives who receive hundreds of calls every day from clients needing immediate and confidential assistance.

These compassionate and dedicated representatives come from a variety of backgrounds and all have one thing in common – they enjoy helping people. Some of our Care Centre Representatives are graduate students coming from the health sciences who want some hands-on experience before going on to study for their Master’s Degree. Some are university dons whose experience of critical and sensitive issues is invaluable to the position, and others have extensive experience in …

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How to heal your wounds through forgiveness

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How to heal your wounds through forgiveness

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free,” Catherine Ponder, inspirational writer.

Everyone has different wounds to be healed through forgiveness. Forgiving those who have made us suffer may include:

  • A friend who made inappropriate comments. “She is a counsellor. I am a psychologist. I am better than she is.”
  • An inattentive spouse who neglects his wife and children’s needs.
  • A manager who pretends not to see when an employee is bullied.

These are a few examples of situations in which someone was hurt because words were said or actions were taken without …

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