The Friendship Bench Blog

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Instagram Tops List of Harmful Social Apps

Kids, we get it; you don't want to be lectured to; you don't want to be told what to do, how to think, or what to believe. You're happy to jump on a bandwagon of friends online and do, think, and believe what the crowd tells you; it's the only authority figure that...

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How a Simple Hello Can Save a Life

I'm representing the #YellowIsForHello team this week on a cross-Country trek for CMHA's Mental Health Awareness Week, and so the #mentalhealthmonday tip for this week is inspired by the message I'll be sharing with students from North Vancouver, BC to St. John's,...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Tip from Jamaica: "Don't Worry, Be Happy."   To help fight the negative narrative of "Blue Monday" today (known as the most depressing day of the year), we've declared it #YellowMonday - the most optimistic day of the year! Inspired by this effort and the well known...

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Mental Health Conversation Starter – #YellowIsForHello

We’ve often shared the statistic reported by many organizations and government agencies that some 50% of those suffering with depression remain silent about their struggles, and so it’s no wonder that suicide seems to be the only way out to some. If we don’t have the...

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Dancing Reduces Anxiety and Depression in Students

Break dance? Belly dance? Ballet? Ballroom? Doesn’t matter – the results are in and be with a pair of two left feet or otherwise, dance has been proven to improve your overall mood and your mental health. A meta-analysis of 23 international studies on the effects of...

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Knitting Your Way to Mental Health

Many young men are reportedly discovering the art of knitting - and it's a good thing (to quote Martha Stewart). Many will criticize this as "just another hipster fad" but whatever the reason for this trend, I'm thankful for it. And no, I’m not putting out a call for...

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