Welcome to Mental Health Week!

As some of you may know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month was originally established in 1949 by Mental Health America (then known as the National Association for Mental Health) “to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all.” For decades organisations across the globe have used this month to launch initiatives that encourage awareness of mental illness and the maintenance of individual mental health.

This year, Mental Health America is bringing awareness to the connection between mind and body with the #4mind4body challenge. Read More »

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#4mind4body Part 1: Nutrition and Mental Health

*This post is based on the 4mind4body Challenge laid out by Mental Health America. You can check out their site here*

Studies have shown that mental health and physical health are intertwined. Those with poor mental health often have poor physical health or poor perceived physical health. But did you know that a healthy lifestyle can improve your mental health? Read More »

How to Support Someone With A Mental Illness

Mental illness can be a tricky subject. Many people still carry prejudices about people with these conditions. They may see them as lazy or just making it up for attention or even simply, and most dangerously, as “crazy”. This makes supporting a loved one or even just a stranger with a mental illness that much more important. If we continue to marginalize these people and trivialize their problems, they will be discouraged from seeking treatment or reaching out and their risk of suicide could increase and, unfortunately, they can become a drain on society. But if we validate them and guide them towards stability, they can become healthy, productive people. Not to mention they can be wonderful people and a valuable addition to your life!Read More »

An Open Letter to The Girl Who Called Me “Beautiful”

I don’t really have a point to make here, so take what you will away from this. It’s simply a story and how a pleasant and unexpected conversation planted some questions in my head.

Dear stranger,

I walked into that waiting room looking like a hot mess. I’m not good with makeup, I never have been, but this week I decided that some eyeliner and lipstick would be fun. Turns out, my eyeliner prefers the underside of my eye to my upper lashline and the lip colour I chose looked pinker than I expected, making me look like a prepubescent girl who got ahold of her mother’s makeup drawer. Also, I had done very little in the way of schoolwork that morning. All in all, I wasn’t exactly looking or feeling my best that Thursday afternoon.

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Trigger Warning: Mention of suicide

You’ve probably heard about bipolar disorder, but do you really know what it is? I can guess that you have heard about mania, the periods of high mood and sometimes reckless behaviour people go through and that get all the attention, but were you aware that more of the time those diagnosed with a bipolar disorder are baseline (“normal”) or depressed? Did you know that depression is by far the more destructive of the two “poles”? Read More »