Children's Mental Health Blog
Christmas Festivities – fun or frustration?
It’s Christmas! For many it is a time full of fun, excitement, adventure and a feeling of belonging. And yet for some children and youth, Christmas can be a frustrating time of conflict...
Emotional Trauma; How You Can Help
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, “Trauma is the emotional response when a negative event is overwhelming” (CAMH). The event could cause physical, sexual or emotional injury...
End Bullying With the Golden Rule
Most of us have been touched by bullying at some point in our lives; whether we were a victim, a bully or know someone that was bullied. This is Bullying Awareness Week (Nov 15-21) and a good time to consider the importance of accepting who we are and talking about bullying prevention.
Youth Social Networking and Mental Health
Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. Instagram. Sites like these are increasingly woven into the social lives of a large majority of today’s youth. The rapid increase in social networking use has raised a number of questions including, how does the use of these networking sites impact youth mental health and vice versa?
Working With Your Child's Teacher
A friend recently shared with me a comic that contains two panels about the teacher-parent relationship. The panel captioned “1969” shows parents angrily addressing their child about his bad grades while the teacher looks on smugly. The other panel captioned “today” shows parents angrily addressing the teacher about their child’s bad grades while the child looks on smugly. At the bottom is the caption “see the problem?”
International FASD Awareness Day
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
The University of California notes that “Wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.” In other words, our mental health is interconnected with our physical and spiritual health. Because these states are interrelated, there are also similarities in how we can care for ourselves. Here are ten ways to improve your wellness generally, and specifically your mental health:
Managing Back to School Anxieties
The other day I was watching TV when a commercial advertising back-to-school shopping came on. I couldn’t believe it—back to school already! It feels like summer just started!
Attachment Parenting: Being Good Enough
People are relationship driven; it is a biological human need. And how we relate to others is based in large part on how we were taught to relate to our family members. I like to think that we all do the best we can with the skills we have. The more we know, the more skills we have and the better we can do. This is something I learned from author Maya Angelou and it makes a lot of sense to me.
How to Manage Anger
We all feel angry sometimes, and most of the time we can find healthy ways to deal with feelings of anger or frustration. Anger is a completely natural human emotion; it is a feeling that tells us when something may be wrong and is a natural response to threat.