Occupational therapy and trauma: what is it and how does it help?

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month in Canada, and it’s a time to recognize and celebrate the amazing work Occupational Therapists (OTs) do for so many people, including those who have suffered some form of trauma.

Kim Barthel is one such … Read the rest

How to help if someone you know may be suicidal

September 10th is an important awareness day, recognized globally as ‘World Suicide Prevention Day‘. Suicide is not a topic any one of us is unfamiliar with, and headlines throughout the last year would prove that as well.

We

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How healthy friendships help us live healthier lives

Sunday, August 5th is ‘Friendship Day’, a time to acknowledge those important relationships in our lives–friendships. It’s no secret that healthy relationships make us happy, but loving and being loved is actually good for our health and can cultivate healing as … Read the rest

Use summer as an excuse to connect with yourself

Summer has arrived, and with warmer temperatures comes more excuses to spend time outside. You may have heard the notion that sunshine and fresh air are great for our overall health and wellbeing, but there is actually some science to … Read the rest

How to be mindful when suicide is in the news

Last weekend was a hard one for many, as two bright lights in the world went out with the passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. Suicide is not something we are generally unexposed to as a society, but … Read the rest

How police can cope with PTSD

It’s National Police Week in Canada, an awareness initiative created to help police connect with their communities and increase awareness about what they do.

Police officers hold one of the most courageous jobs out there, but what’s not talked about as much, is … Read the rest

How to cope with the trauma of Humboldt

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Throughout Canada and around the world this week, we have felt deep sadness and loss following the tragic accident in Saskatchewan that saw 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team lose their lives.

While 15 people … Read the rest

How to quiet trauma triggers and stressors during the holidays

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Post-trauma, other people (and even ourselves) may sometimes have unrealistic expectations of how long that trauma will continue to resurface. With additional social invitations and an influx of people around, the holidays can be particularly difficult for those of us … Read the rest