MindF#!k Blog

#WinterIsComing

Skiing down a snow hill.
Sorry to disappoint all the Game of Thrones fans out there, but this story is NOT about the beloved novel or TV series. It is about the winter season - the ACTUAL winter season.

Road rage

Young man screaming with road rage in his car.
Road Rage is a catchy phrase, one that attracts media interest and fuels conversation. The term is used to describe any act of driver aggression including actual or attempted assault on other drivers.

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mindyourmind youth team
mindyourmind community outreach presentations use Reach Out, an interactive Jeopardy-style game, which gets students into teams and challenges them to think about what they know and don't know about mental health issues and illnesses.

Let’s talk addictions and treatment options

Counselor meeting with young man.
Substance use does not necessarily constitute abuse. However, understanding where the line is drawn between use and abuse does inform what treatment is recommended, availability of needed resources and ensuring ongoing support whether individual, residential or group.

Beauty standards beware

Close up of lips with red lipstick on and make up brushes.
Every day we are bombarded with pictures of celebrities and models airbrushed with Photoshop. It’s no secret that the media has been notorious for supporting unrealistic beauty ideals.

Bluenotes takes offensive t-shirt seriously and takes a stance against bullying

Bluenotes store
Guelph Anti-Bullying Coalition headed up by Lynne MacIntyre was out doing some Back to School shopping with her 14 year old daughter a couple of weeks ago.  They stopped into the very popular Bluenotes store looking for clothing when Lynne noticed a t-shirt on the wa

Happy National Suicide Prevention Week!

An elephant sitting on a bench with a friend, holding a heart balloon.
Granted, it’s not a cheerful subject, but what we should be upbeat about is that suicide is slowly emerging into the light to be discussed, and understood and diminished.

Complete this survey to help shape youth advocacy work

Survey options checklist.
The Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing believes that youth have a voice and can make meaningful contributions to health policies and programs, both locally and globally.

Feeling like a fraud

Gaining self-esteem and confidence in your abilities.
To be honest, high school wasn’t really “my thing”.  I was never consider studious or nerdy (boy, has that ever changed) and to be quite honest I didn’t enjoy school.

Don't waste a moment

Don't waste a moment
Lately I’ve been struck with the idea of how limited our lives are, and how little time we have to make something of them.Imagine if you had a month to live: how would you spend it?

Bowling inhibitions

I’ve recently had an interesting experience I would like to share with all of you. One of my close friends just celebrated her birthday and as part of her celebration we went bowling.

A bittersweet closure

A path within a field, with yellow flowers and grass.
For those of you who haven’t read my first blog, I am a Child and Youth Worker (fast track) student who has been on placement with mindyourmind.ca since early June of this

Suicide reporting guidelines and the media

Newspapers rolled up, side by side.
By now, most everyone has heard of the death of actor, Robin Williams at age 63. He died by suicide. He died Monday evening, after a long battle with severe depression and difficulties with addictions. 

Sexually transmitted and blood borne infections among street-involved youth

Image of microscopically enlarged bacteria.
The Public Health Agency of Canada released five fact sheets: Addressing determinants of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) among street-involved youth.

This moment

Girl walking down a park path with balloons, in the morning sun.
We all suffer, every day: worry, procrastination, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, irritated, angry, frustrated, wishing things were different, comparing ourselves to others, worried we’re missing out, wishing other people would be different, feeling offended, loneliness, fear of

Cards Against Harassment

A hand handing out a red card.
“Making unwanted comments about my body is harassment”.

Everyone drinks. Why shouldn't I?

I get asked all the time why I feel my recovery is so sturdy.  And I will always caution myself and others not to fall prey to the idea that my recovery is sturdy beyond the 24 hours that lays ahead of me.

Suicide prevention resource

TOGETHER TO LIVE (website logo).
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders from across the province, recently launched Together to live /

The blame game

Airplane flying in the sky.
On Friday, July 25th a passenger on Sunwing Airlines flight 772 bound for Panama from Pearson Airport in Toronto forced the plane t

Practicing being late

Girl yelling at pink alarm clock.
My panic attacks were frequently about being late. Tardiness worried me to no end. Whether it was for work or friends or family, to be late was to be an awful person.

Just let me feel sad already!!

Girl talking on the phone, looking sad.
In high school, my friends were my rocks. They always understood the things I was going through (the best they could) and were there at the drop of a hat if I needed them.

From one student to another…

Three students sharing information with each other on a laptop.
Let’s face it – post secondary education can be just as stressful as it is fun. So, for those of you moving on from high school to a new chapter in your life, here is your one stop shop for tips to get the most out of post-secondary education!

How to stop your habit changes from getting derailed

Two signs: one that says old way, one that says new way.
Manytimes when we try to make a good change in our lives, it gets derailed early on by something out of our control.

Proceed with caution

Emergency personnel carrying a stretcher in front of an ambulance.
Bright lights, roaring crowds, and a wave of bodies jumping up and down to the music of their favourite DJ.  There’s nothing quite like standing in the crowd, watching your favourite artist perform.

Things that have been said to me about my depression...

Speech bubbles.
Things I don't like that have been said to me about my mental illness1. You just over-exaggerate, you need to move on.3. You'll never get through this, you're too weak.4. What's wrong with you?

Blooming Late

Books
I didn't like elementary school. Or high school. Or even the first four years of my post-secondary education.

Text therapy

Someone is holding a phone in hand, with a new text message.
All too often, we have heard the stories of young people who commit suicide. All too often, these individuals have spent a great deal of time suffering in silence. All too often, the stigma surrounding mental health has contributed to whether or not someone will seek help.

We are all the same inside

When people ask me “what do you do for a living?” and I tell them I work in advertising and communications, I sometimes get disapproving looks. I’ll be the first to admit, the advertising industry can be evil, oh so very evil.

Resist the two temptations

As I prepare to release my first book, Recovery 2.0:  Overcoming Addiction and Thriving Through Yoga, Meditation and The 12-Steps (Hay House October, 2014), I have been noticing a lot of negative press of late about Alcoholics Anonymous, the