Canada’s elite athletes at greater risk for mental disorders, study finds

As the importance of mental health continues to make headlines at the Tokyo Olympics, a new study, one of the first of its kind in Canada, has revealed 41 per … Read More

A Manitoba First Nation is in crisis. Leaders warn of dark pattern without more support

Warning: Some of the details in this story may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. When Manitoba’s Tataskweyak Cree Nation declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, after … Read More

Reopening post-pandemic could trigger Canadians battling addiction, experts warn

For 46-year-old Mark White, the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, created the perfect conditions for his addiction to thrive. “I started to really self isolate in my garage and the using … Read More

Mental health could ‘bounce back’ post-pandemic, new research suggests

Jason Bradshaw loves teaching science, but since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s gotten harder. “Some days when you’re when you’re just teaching online, you get out of bed … Read More

Bumble gives entire staff a week off to recover from COVID-19 burnout

An American tech company is giving its entire staff a week of paid vacation. The company behind the Bumble dating app says they want their workers to have a chance … Read More

‘Bigger than media’: Olympians call for greater mental health support for athletes

Canadian Olympic champion Alexander Kopacz is no stranger to media attention. While the 31-year-old former bobsledder enjoyed the spotlight during his athletic career, he felt there were times when there … Read More

‘It’s going to take time’: Navigating post-pandemic anxiety

As provinces across Canada start to approach stages of reopening from COVID-19 restrictions, many Canadians have been experiencing anxiety about returning to normalcy. According to psychologist Maneet Bhatia, these feelings … Read More

Nurses working during COVID-19 pandemic ‘beyond the point of burnout’

In February, the emotional toll from the COVID-19 pandemic began to weigh heavily on Michael Gaerlan, a registered nurse working in an intensive care unit in Edmonton, Alta. Speaking to … Read More

Canada is seeing a mental health ‘crisis’ but more are willing to discuss it: poll

The number of Canadians experiencing mental health issues continues to rise across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Ipsos poll suggests, with half of those surveyed being deemed … Read More

Losing sight of the COVID-19 finish line: How more lockdowns, cases blur hope

After more than a year of isolation, distance and uncertainty, Canadians are maxed out. Vaccines are getting into arms, and more are coming, but for some, that “light at the … Read More

Help line open for those in need of counselling during mass shooting remembrance

The province has launched a confidential support line for anyone who needs help as the anniversary of the Nova Scotia shooting spree approaches. The number is 1-866-885-6540 and is available … Read More

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 pandemic could be a tipping point in ending stigma around mental health care

This essay is part of a series of perspective-based essays, written by health-care workers at the University Health Network (UHN), that delve into how they’ve survived the pandemic as people, parents … Read More

Report on emergency mental health care at Horizon Health completed: N.B. health

Warning: This story contains content that may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. The report on a review of emergency mental health care at Horizon Health in the … Read More

Managing mental and physical wellbeing during 3rd wave of COVID-19

Weathering lockdowns and managing ever-changing restrictions has been part of daily life in Ontario for more than a year. As the third wave of COVID-19 forces continued isolation, many people … Read More

‘Nightmares and flashbacks’: Experts say COVID-19 patients are experiencing PTSD

Last December, 23-year-old Hannah Lohnes began having recurring nightmares of contracting COVID-19 and passing it on to her family. It had been a month since the Surrey, B.C. resident was … Read More

‘The look on her face, I will never forget it’: Alberta father sheds pounds for daughter

A 45-year-old father’s decision to lose weight was inspired by his little girl, and now his journey is motivating others. Two years ago, Dave Murphy weighed almost 400 lbs and … Read More

‘Burnout is real’: COVID-19 pandemic takes mental health toll on health-care workers

As the one-year mark since the declaration of the global coronavirus pandemic arrives, the continuing health crisis is taking a toll on the mental health of those on the front … Read More

Why a Halifax psychologist says more guidance is needed for Canadian parents as COVID drags on

A psychologist and associate professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax says public health departments across the country could be doing more to support parents by providing them with guidance around … Read More

The story of Lexi Daken and a New Brunswick mother’s fight to fix a ‘completely failing’ system

Warning: This story contains content that may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. After her teenage daughter died by suicide, a New Brunswick mom is embracing support received … Read More

Shortage of last-resort antidepressant creating ‘scary situation’ for patients: pharmacists

The ongoing shortage of an antidepressant drug that is often used by Canadian patients as a last-resort treatment has some patients and providers very worried. “Any time you’re talking about … Read More

COVID-19: Some turning to psychedelic micro-dosing to cope with mental health stress, anxiety

Jen Burke lost her full-time job as a clothing store manager because of COVID-19, but says the pandemic has been the most peaceful time in her life. “There’s so many people who … Read More

Should I see my doctor in person or just call? Navigating health in a pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some people have avoided in-person visits to their doctor and more clinics are offering Telehealth services. Dr. Parminder Singh, a managing director of clinical services … Read More

Montreal-based mental performance coach says finding ways to adapt can help during pandemic

Staying mentally tough is a discipline many athletes hone over the course of their career. Experts say the lessons applied in professional sports can easily translate to challenges we face … Read More

Exercise may be the cure for ‘Blue Monday,’ experts say

This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history. Experts say Blue Monday … Read More

‘We are not superhuman’: Health-care workers plead for more mental health support

Warning: This article may be triggering for some readers. Please read at your own discretion. The death of Dr. Karine Dion, an emergency physician from Granby, Que., devastated Canadians across … Read More

How to find a virtual therapist

As some provinces face lockdowns and tighter restrictions, many people are struggling with their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a November 2020 national survey led by researchers at … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Will decriminalizing and regulating illegal drugs save lives in Ontario?

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the country, a silent epidemic armed with an unregulated poison has been killing Ontarians at a horrifying rate. Multiple health officials have sounded the alarm … Read More

N.S. social workers call for systemic overhaul of the mental health and addiction services system

A new report released by the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers finds that social workers are largely dissatisfied with the current approach to mental health and addictions in the … Read More

Coronavirus: Quebec doctor’s death by suicide sends shockwaves through Canada’s medical community

The death of a Granby, Que., emergency physician has sent shockwaves throughout the Canadian medical community. Dr. Karine Dion, 35, who was also the mother of a young son, died … Read More

Emergency department closures continue to increase for Eastern Shore hospitals

The number of temporary emergency department closures keep rolling in for hospitals in the Eastern Shore region of Nova Scotia. “They have increased over the past few months. Closures in … Read More

Nova Scotia group secures grief counselling as search for 5 missing fishers continues

After an already difficult year for Nova Scotians, fishing communities in the south shore are fearing the loss of six fishers that went missing on Tuesday. The Fisheries Safety Association … Read More

Albertans report greatest increase of stress as Canadians’ mental health plummets

Canadians’ mental health continued to decline in November for the eighth consecutive month, according to the results of a Morneau Shepell survey. Read more: ‘A pandemic of its own’: How … Read More

Trail use has increased during the coronavirus pandemic

Kathleen Doane and Susan Vaslet have been making it a priority to get outside and go for walks as often as possible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “For our sanity, for … Read More

‘We’re not mental health professionals’: Even police call for change in handling wellness checks

For the family of Ejaz Choudry, a 62-year-old Mississauga, Ont. man, shot by police, every day without their loved one is a painful reminder of the tragic way he died. … Read More

Canmore athlete shares harrowing story of heartbreak and hope following death of wife in avalanche

Adam Campbell has tackled many great feats in his life that have not only required immense physical strength and grit, but also a high degree of mental fortitude as well. … Read More

Nearly 1 in 5 coronavirus survivors later diagnosed with mental illness: study

Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus … Read More

Former cabinet minister shares family’s struggle as husband battles young-onset Alzheimer’s

Outside Lisa Raitt‘s Milton, Ont., home Monday afternoon, the former Conservative MP and federal transport minister takes a rare break from caring for her 61-year-old husband Bruce Wood to speak … Read More

Ontario man denied government-funded mental health support for having ‘complex’ case

When Elliot Hudson started having dark thoughts, and trouble getting out of bed in the mornings this fall, he knew it was time to ask for help. Hudson has struggled … Read More

N.S. Tories propose mental health care plan ‘with fewer barriers’

Nova Scotia’s Opposition has proposed a new plan for mental health care in the province, that they say is more accessible and “with fewer barriers” than the current system. During … Read More

‘I just hope students know they’re not alone:’ Dalhousie grad launches COVID-19 student support network

A recent Dalhousie University graduate has launched a new tool to help post-secondary students struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Stacie Smith started working on the COVID-19 Student Support Network back … Read More

25% of Canadians say their mental health is worse than in 1st coronavirus wave: poll

Canadians continue to experience mental health difficulties due to the pandemic, with one in four saying their stress level is higher than during the first COVID-19 wave, according to a … Read More

Front-line nurses suffering psychological distress, burn-out amid COVID-19: association

Many nurses caring for COVID-19 patients are suffering burn-out or psychological distress, and many have faced abuse or discrimination outside of work, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said. Supplies of personal protective equipment … Read More

Anxiety and depression due to COVID-19 highest in Nova Scotia: survey

Nova Scotians are most likely to experience high levels of anxiety and depression since the COVID-19 pandemic began country-wide, according to a report released Friday by Mental Health Research Canada. … Read More

New CAMH campaign aims to change Canadian suicide statistics

It’s the most severe outcome of mental illness and for most of us, it’s not easy to talk about suicide. In Canada, 11 people die by suicide every day. That’s … Read More

A Canadian coronavirus winter is looming — and it could ‘amplify loneliness’

Snow shoveling, frosty commutes, and long dark days. They’re things Canadians might not want to think about just yet. It’s only September, of course. So there’s still time to sit … Read More

Mental health: Newfoundland loosens COVID-19 rules for ‘rotational’ workers

Newfoundland and Labrador is rolling out new COVID-19 testing rules for people who routinely work outside the province and return on a set schedule. These so-called rotational workers typically include … Read More

‘Deeply disturbing statistics’ show COVID-19 is hurting kids’ safety: report

Between Alberta’s economic downturn and the Fort McMurray wildfires, Edmonton’s Food Bank was pushed to the limit in 2016. The organization bolstered staff and volunteers and purchased trucks to meet … Read More

13 Canadian hospitals launching national youth mental health project

A network of children’s hospitals is launching a Canada-wide initiative to improve early access to mental health care for young people. Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations on Wednesday announced the multimillion-dollar … Read More

Mental health emergency response service based on noted Oregon model could come to Toronto

A program based on a noted emergency mental health response service in Oregon could be coming to the streets of Toronto if advocates and city councillors have their way. The … Read More

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