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Failing Expectations – My Journey

Growing up, there was one driving expectation my parents – like all other Traditionalists and Boomers at the time - placed on me: Go to university, graduate, and become a successful, well-paid professional. There was no discussion or consideration of not going to a...

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The Power of HELLO – for #WorldHelloDay

Today is #WorldHelloDay and so I thought it only appropriate that today’s #MentalHealthMonday post focus on the power of “hello.” “Hello” is more than the utterance of simple greeting. In a world that’s engulfed in conflict and divisiveness, a HELLO represents an...

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The Power of Music on Students’ Mental Health

Music can have a physical affect your body; music can help decrease emotional distress and amplify a variety of moods.  It’s said that music is one of the few activities that involves using the majority or entirety of the human brain. It can have the same effects of a...

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The Friendship Bench Launches at Trent University

This week we were honoured to be welcomed at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. After almost six months of planning, the team at Trent Central Student Association, led by its President Alaine Spiwak, hosted an uplifting celebration for the students to...

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Mental Health Tip – Parents: Listen First, Fix Second

For this week's #MentalHealthMonday tip, I want to talk to parents directly. As parents, we tend to want to build walls around our kids, to encase them in bubble wrap, and to protect them at all costs. However, we’ve learned that kids must learn from their mistakes...

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A Case for Social Connectedness and Student Mental Health

We often talk about the importance of good diet and exercise in the maintenance of good mental health in school; however, building and maintain social connections is just as important. And that's this week's #MentalHealthMonday Tip. A Case for Social Connectedness and...

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Happiness Jar Fosters Positive Mental Health Habits

The stress that students place on themselves – and that are placed on them – is ever-growing. Exams, assignments, work, financial pressures, social pressures, and/or living away from home add an often unbearable amount of stress and anxiety to even the most...

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Vancouver Island University Says #YellowIsForHello

We enjoy - and are grateful for - every unveiling ceremony for The Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench and #YellowIsForHello student mental health campaign that we participate in. Each has it's unique character, story, and memories. Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo...

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How Laughter Fights Anxiety & Depression in Students [video]

While traveling through various universities and colleges last week I noticed a few groups of students playing the bawdy card game “Cards Against Humanity” and really laughing their asses off. I’ve played the game with friends, I know where that laughter comes from;...

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