How to navigate triggering political conversations

Regardless where you live in the world and what your political beliefs are, it’s a topic that can be triggering, especially when it’s uninvited. These days, politics can make its way into everyday conversations around the dinner table, on social … Read the rest

Kim and Theo release exclusive CWAR video series

It has been nearly five years since Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury released their best-selling book, ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’ (CWAR). As was commonly described by Theo, the writing of the book was truly a “lived experience” for both … Read the rest

Using TV to further trauma discussions

Over the past couple of years, trauma has been a common theme in characters and storylines in television shows or movies. The prevalence of these topics can help to further the conversation surrounding trauma and healing, when done well. We … Read the rest

Helping doctors deal with trauma

Today is ‘National Doctors’ Day’, a day for celebrating all the amazing and hard-working doctors out there. Doctors belong to a powerful demographic of people who dedicate their work to helping others: medical professionals, therapists, first-responders, etc. As a result … Read the rest

What to do if a loved one is self-harming

Today is ‘Self-Injury Awareness Day’, a day to start a conversation about a side of trauma that deserves some awareness.

If you’re not familiar with self-injury, it means someone hurts themselves on purpose, such as cutting skin, burning skin, hitting … Read the rest

The part of cancer we forget to talk about: mental health

Today is World Cancer Day, a day to raise awareness about one of the leading causes of death in the world. Did you know 9.6 million people die from cancer each year? And that cancer is the second leading … Read the rest

Why you need more hugs in your life

Today is ‘National Hugging Day’, and while hugs can be comforting, did you know they can actually calm us down and boost our happiness? It’s true!

When we are feeling anxious or triggered, there are many ways in which we can … Read the rest

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