Did you know that, according to Canada.ca, more than 26% of all reported violent crimes are attributed to family violence? Additionally, only 19% of those who had been abused by a spouse reported the abuse to the police or another form of authority. Unfortunately, these statistics could mean that it is highly likely that someone…

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Mental Illness Awareness Week From October 6 to 12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, when people all across Canada come together to support survivors of mental illness as well as their caregivers and/or loved ones. Established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the campaign is continued by organizations including the Canadian Alliance on Mental…

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World Suicide Prevention Day – How You Can Help Believe it or not, suicide is one of the leading causes of death across the world, with an average of 10 people taking their life every day in Canada alone. In addition to that, for every suicide death, there are around 25 suicide attempts. These alarming…

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Suicide Prevention: How to be there and show up for those who need us. DID YOU KNOW THAT SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE AWARENESS MONTH & WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019? Every day around the world, one suicide attempt is reported every 40 seconds. Sadly, there is a contagious aspect to suicide, especially in the wake of…

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The World Health Organization states that almost 11 million people currently inject drugs, of which 1.3 million are living with HIV, 5.5 million with hepatitis C, and 1 million with both HIV and hepatitis C. From January 2016 to June 2018, there were more than 9,000 apparent opioid-related deaths; 2,000 of which occurred between January…

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Stigma Surrounding Mental Health and Trauma

What is stigma and how can we smash the stigma that surrounds mental health? There are two forms of stigma surrounding mental health. The first is social stigma, when prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behaviour are directed towards people who have suffered some kind of trauma or who have mental health problems. The second is perceived…

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