Starting last year, the health literacy team has been taking our resources, information and stories on the road to communities across BC to share what we know about promoting mental wellness in school communities.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”.
I am generally a positive person. For most of my life when I’d experience setbacks or encounter challenges I’d say to myself, what’s the opportunity here? And I can say that in my professional life I still take this approach daily. As a parent however, that is a different story. It is a constant work-in-progress to practice this, to live this.
For the past four years, the annual Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit event has been my favourite day of the year. I realize I’m shortchanging a whole number of holidays, celebrations, birthdays and general life events with that statement, but I can’t help it – it’s true.
Early on in my University experience, I was introduced by new friends and professors to feminism. Like many people, I previously had a knee-jerk, negative reaction to the concept; I thought, ‘Things seem pretty equal to me, so what’s the problem?’.
“It’s never the pain that takes us out of the game, loves, it’s the SHAME about the pain”
-Glennon Doyle Melton
Sunday September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day. But of course every day should be suicide prevention day.
Suicide is a very hard topic to look straight in the eye without turning away.
The Sandwich Generation: a generation of people (usually in their 30s or 40s) who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children. As a young adult in my mid-twenties, I learned about this term during university. I did not even cross my mind that only a few years later I would become part of this generation without much warning.
They say that pain is more bearable in the company of another human being. It is healing and comforting to share perspectives without being judged. Now, imagine yourself trying to support a loved one through recovery from an eating disorder. Their irrational and critical thoughts, unhealthy rituals, vicious behaviors –
It’s the first day of school. Yesterday, thirteen year old Jade excitedly picked out her clothes and chatted with her friends. She had been waiting for years to start high school. But today, Jade is still in bed, head hidden beneath the covers. It’s 7:55 and the first bell will ring at 8:15. There is no amount of reassurance or cheerleading that is goin