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the link between nutrition and mental health

The Vital Link Between Nutrition and Mental Health

When it comes to maintaining good mental health, most people focus on things like therapy, medication, meditation, and other coping strategies, all of which are important. However, there is one absolutely vital, yet often overlooked, aspect to maintaining mental health: nutrition.  What you put into your body has a profound impact on your brain chemistry…

Celebrating Pride month and how to get involved

Pride Month: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Rights and Inclusion

Every June, people across the globe come together to celebrate Pride Month – an annual commemoration of the influential Stonewall riots and a recognition of the vast achievements and continuing struggles of the LGBTQ+ community.  As rainbow flags proudly wave and vibrant parades fill the streets, Pride serves as an empowering reminder of how far…

Does my teenager need professional mental health support?

Does My Teenager Need Professional Mental Health Support? 

As a parent or guardian, it’s natural to be concerned about your teenager’s well-being. Adolescence is a tumultuous time marked by rapid physical, emotional, and social changes.  While mood swings and behavioral shifts are often part of this developmental stage, there are instances when these changes may signal a need for professional mental health support. …

why can't I sleep?

Why Am I Having Trouble Sleeping?

If you’re frequently struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep through the night, you’re unfortunately not alone.  Insomnia is an extremely common issue, with studies estimating that 30-48% of adults experience insomnia symptoms. There can be many different underlying causes for persistent insomnia, including several mental health conditions.  Let’s explore some of the reasons you…

What is the difference between stress and anxiety

What is the Difference Between Stress and Anxiety?

In today’s fast-paced world, feeling stressed or anxious has become increasingly common. While the terms “stress” and “anxiety” are often used interchangeably, they are distinct experiences with different causes, symptoms, and coping strategies.  Understanding the difference between the two is crucial for managing and nurturing your mental well-being. Stress: A Natural Response to Life’s Challenges…

Mental Health Awareness Month 2024

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month – May 2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important annual observance dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.  This year’s theme, “Mental Health: Where to Start in a Changing World,” emphasizes the importance of prioritizing mental health and making it accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or…

the lasting impact of covid on mental health

The Lasting Mental Health Impact of Covid-19

By the summer of 2023, the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to finally be behind us. Vaccines and effective treatments helped reduce severe cases and deaths to very low levels in most parts of the world. Mask mandates and other restrictive policies had been lifted. Life was starting to return to some sense of…

medication management and therapy the value of collaborative care

Medication Management and Therapy – the Value of Collaborative Care

When it comes to mental health treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Each individual’s journey towards healing and well-being is unique, shaped by a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.  Traditional mental health care has often compartmentalized treatment methods, with medication management and therapy existing as separate entities. However, a growing body of…

How to break free from negative thought patterns

How to Break Free from Negative Thought Patterns

Negative thought patterns, often referred to as cognitive distortions, are ways in which our minds convince us of something that isn’t really true. These false beliefs tend to reinforce negative thinking and emotions, trapping us in a cycle of negativity that can affect our overall mental health and well-being.  Understanding how to challenge and change…

Life hacks to increase happiness

10 Simple Life Hacks to Increase Daily Happiness

Life hacks, the simple yet effective strategies that can enhance our daily living, are especially powerful when applied to the pursuit of happiness. In a world that often emphasizes success in terms of wealth and status, the true essence of happiness lies in the quality of our daily experiences and interactions.  Let’s explore some practical…