November is now upon us, and along with the dominance of all things pumpkin spice flavoured comes Movember. It’s a chance for guys to ditch the daily shaving routine by growing a mustache and collecting pledges to support initiatives focused on men’s cancers and men’s mental health/suicide prevention. The Movember Foundation slogan “Grow a mo, […]Continue readingPumpkin spice and mental health
I recently read an excellent book called Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy written by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and Adam Grant. In it, Sheryl discusses the sudden death of her husband Dave in 2015 and what she and her family learned about bereavement, hardship, coping, and – ultimately – hope. […]Continue readingThere isn’t an R in “Wellness”…or is there?
My name is Stew Phillips and this is the story of how the Canadian Mental Health Association saved my life with just one phone call. Without that call, my story of recovery, which you are about to read, would never have happened. In 2004, I never believed things could always get better. Here’s why. After […]Continue readingHow One Phone Call Saved My Life
In our last blog post, we talked about the first five of The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ten Tips for Mental Health that are a useful guideline for what we can all do each and every day to care for ourselves and maintain our well-being. They were Build Confidence, Eat right & Keep fit, Make […]Continue readingPart 2 – Ten Tips for Mental Health
Mental health and wellness encompasses a huge range of topics. In fact, the World Health Organization’s definition of health includes mental health: “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. In other words, being healthy is more than just not being sick – it is […]Continue readingTen Tips for Mental Health
Three words guaranteed to get a reaction: “back to school”. They can lead to groans of dread, shrugs of indifference, smiles of excitement, or any combination thereof. We at CMHA had the pleasure to attend this week’s orientation at Sheridan College and heard a wide range of feelings from new students about the kick-off of […]Continue readingTick, tock…it’s coming!
Chances are by now you’ve heard of fentanyl – an opioid pain medication said to be 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl patches were originally introduced for palliative patients, but it did not take long for people to start using them recreationally. The patches are often cut up and chewed or smoked or sometimes […]Continue readingWhat the Fentanyl?
A friend recently posted on her own blog about three instances in which friends had gone above and beyond to show her kindness. Turns out one of those friends was me and I had no idea the impact something I had done had on her. It was years ago when we were in school and […]Continue readingWhen Kindness Isn’t Random
We love a story we read recently about The Lions Barber Collective, a group of top barbers from around the world dedicated to raising awareness for men’s mental health and preventing suicide. Think about it…you’re getting your hair cut and the barber is making conversation. “What’s new?” “How’s work?” “What’s up with the fam jam?” […]Continue readingHealth and a Haircut…Two Bits
I tried so hard And got so far But in the end It doesn’t even matter… These are lyrics from the song “In the End” by Linkin Park, fronted by the late Chester Bennington who took his own life this past July 20th. Since then, his name has been on many lips, websites, and social […]Continue readingWhat We Don’t Know About Chester Bennington