For many it is. While the holidays can bring much joy and excitement, they can also bring more than their share of frazzle. Many reasons may be behind less-than-festive feelings at this time of year, including: Overwhelm. Cooking, shopping, socializing, and the numerous other demands and things to do can get to us. Expectations. Putting […]Continue reading‘Tis the Season…for Stress??
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”
We’re just a few weeks out from Bell Let’s Talk Day, another wonderfully successful day that had people tweeting, sharing, texting, and talking about mental health. But, why is talking such an important part of taking care of ourselves and managing any mental health concerns? Here are just 4 reasons why talking can be helpful: […]Continue reading“Let’s Talk”: 4 Reasons Why
STIGMA. One word that can just make your skin crawl when it comes to talking about mental health. But what can you do about it? Well…a lot. And it’s not just big things that fight stigma. It’s also little things that you can do each and every day. So, pull out your to-do list for […]Continue reading3 Things You Can Do TODAY to Bust Stigma
It’s no secret that we at CMHA LOVE self-care. It’s vital to maintaining optimal mental health and coping with challenges effectively. And we’ve heard tons of great self-care ideas from our clients as well as people who take our courses and workshops. Here is a selection of five cool and unique ideas for self-care that […]Continue reading5 of the Coolest Self-Care Ideas We’ve Heard
Yes, that’s right – you can give yourself permission to take care of yourself. To slow down. To take a break. It’s a news flash for some. We often go through our days thinking that we always have to be on the move. That productivity rules. That we are somehow letting someone, even ourselves, down […]Continue readingBreaking News…You can give yourself permission!
A new report by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario Division offers the provincial government wide-ranging recommendations to reduce the health risks and harms associated with the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The report, released today, was created for the Ontario government as the province considers the federal plan to legalize cannabis by July […]Continue readingCannabis legislation should increase mental health funding, educate youth and promote zero tolerance in cars
An evidence-based mental health program managed by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and CMHA York and South Simcoe is being rolled out across the province. The Ontario government announced yesterday that Bounce Back, a self-help and coaching program designed to help adults reduce unhelpful thinking, worry less and improve their mood, is one of three province […]Continue readingCMHA self-help program now available across Ontario
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
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