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
Our social media pages recently lit up with likes, clicks, shares, and retweets, all in the name of mental health at work. We posted a story about a woman named Madalyn who needed a couple of days off work a few weeks ago to focus on her mental health. Rather than make up a story […]Continue reading“Cut Through the Stigma”
The connection between mental health and physical health is undeniable. Maximizing and nurturing our physical health can definitely have benefits for our mental health, including reduced stress, improved relaxation, and greater overall satisfaction in all parts of our lives. Likewise, physical illnesses can have detrimental impacts our mental health. The unknown or frightening prognosis, the […]Continue reading“I was stronger than I ever imagined”
A recent survey suggests that we’re making progress in the battle against stigma and more Canadians may be aware and willing to talk about mental health than ever before. Read more Continue readingCanadians opening up more than ever, survey suggests
I recently had the pleasure of speaking by phone to Séan McCann, founding member of the Canadian band Great Big Sea. Many people, including me, think of “Ordinary Day”, “Mari-Mac”, or another signature song upon hearing his name, but we spoke about something quite different: his recovery from alcohol addiction. Now over five years sober, […]Continue readingInsights from a Great Big Singer: Séan McCann talks recovery
Picture this…it’s a workday morning and a colleague arrives at the office sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. She will likely be met with several rounds of “It sounds like you’re feeling miserable”, “How long have you felt this way?”, and “Can I bring you some tissues or chicken soup?” Now, picture this…that same colleague arrives at […]Continue readingWhy is mental health at work everyone’s business?
The importance of talking about mental health can’t be repeated enough. The more we talk, the more accepted it will be, and the more likely people are to speak up when they are struggling. But, let’s say you get that and start a conversation with someone. Let’s say it’s a friend who just hasn’t been […]Continue reading4 tips for responding when your offer of help isn’t accepted