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Mental Health and the Legalization of Marijuana

Canada’s new policy on legal marijuana may be a historic change for our country, but what does that mean for our mental health? Throughout the legalization process there has been an outpouring of questions and concerns, and the discussion surrounding its affect on mental health has been no exception. In an article from the Canadian Mental Health Association there are relevant details regarding the recent policy changes regarding the usage of marijuana, as well as outlining what some of the risks and benefits are when using the substance.

Find the article here.

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Technology: How much is too much?

As the back to school time begins, it may also be a time for parents to reflect upon their kids usage of screen time. How much is too much? Can it lead to mental health issues? A recent longitudinal cohort study sheds some light on these questions. This school year may be a good opportunity… Continue Reading

7 Ways To Reprogram Self-Defeating Thoughts

Outlined in the article, 7 Ways To Reprogram Self-Defeating Thoughts are key strategies to overcoming negative thought patterns that can hold you back from feeling capable and confident.  Knowing these insights are great starting points when working to overcome perpetuating self-defeat. Another great strategy is to seek out counselling support. Mental Health professionals can provide you with… Continue Reading

OCD Stories

Most of us have heard of the mental health disorder known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For those that need a refresher, the National Health Institute defines it as: “A common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat… Continue Reading

12 Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Each night, getting to bed is a vital part of our daily routine. Most sources suggest that adults should get about 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but what if it feels difficult to get that rest in the first place? Check out these 12 Steps to help make falling to sleep easier. Intentionally following these… Continue Reading

Moving towards Mindfulness

In our fast-paced world of stress and stimulation, it’s no surprise that we have been seeing a growing shift towards the act of mindfulness.  “Mindfulness is non-judgmental, open-hearted, friendly, and inviting of whatever arises in awareness. It is cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply, and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either… Continue Reading

Staying Social to Keep Healthy

It’s no surprise that having a good social network is a great asset in feeling good and maintaining a genuine sense of well-being. Perhaps this notion runs deeper than we thought. The idea of being “sociable” to increase your mental and physical health may intimidate those of us who would rather stay in on a… Continue Reading

Understanding Postpartum Depression

In honour of Mother’s day which is right around the corner, this is an opportunity to also be mindful of new mothers whose journeys as parents may be marked with silent suffering. Approximately 10-15% of women are said to experience what is known as Postpartum Depression (PPD). The vital discussions surrounding the topic of PPD… Continue Reading

Austism and Mirror Neurons

Brain imaging techniques have shed light on the way the human brain works in ways that were not previously possible in decades prior. MRI machines can tell us which areas of the brain become active when people become engaged with various tasks. Whether we are having a conversation, learning to play a new sport, or… Continue Reading

Your Brain on Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety Disorders are marked by prolonged and unnatural feelings of fear or anxiety. For countless individuals, these disorders can cause emotional and physical effects that are detrimental to a balanced way of living. The negative symptoms that many people experience can be rooted in our brain’s natural responses to certain fear stimulus. When we learn why our… Continue Reading

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