Today is World Mental Health Day. It’s celebrated every year on October 10th. This year, the World Health Organization has identified the theme of “Mental Health and Old Age.” The world’s population is aging rapidly, and by the year 2050, it’s estimated that about 22% of the world’s population will be over the age of 60. At the present time, it’s estimated that over 20% of pe
When I was a young kid, my teachers would ask, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” I hated that question because I never really understood what it meant. Once I started working in the field of addictions and mental health, though, the logic behind the question became clearer. The question can be applied this way: Does the mental health issue (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD) cause the addiction? Or,
A client once asked me when counselling and psychotherapy would be over. It was a really good question, and there are actually a multitude of answers. Today, in honor of APA’s Mental Health Month Blog Day, I thought it would be an ideal time to share some of those answers. For some clients, therapy is over whenever they say it’s over – I can’t force anyone to stay in therapy. For others, therapy is over w
This week is the 62nd annual Mental Health Week (May 6 – 12) organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association. This year’s focus is on youth. One of the goals of mental health professionals is to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness. In my opinion, I think today’s youth have a greater understanding and awareness of mental health issues than most adults did at their age. In fact, I thin
You may have an illness, but you are not the illness. This was an important lesson I learned from my first counselling supervisor, Katherine Stetson. During my master’s program in counselling psychology, I did an internship as an Adolescent and Family Therapist. One of my first assignments was to videotape and transcribe 10-minutes of an individual counselling session. My client was an adolescent male. I was nervous
A couple of weeks ago, many news-sites published findings from a Canadian survey on the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace. One statistic from this survey indicated that 12% of respondents said they were currently experiencing a mental health issue in the workplace, and another 32% said they had faced one in the past (click here for a cbc.ca news article). In other words, 44% of all workers have expe
I’ve been following the events that have gripped Japan over these last few days. The pictures, videos, and personal accounts from survivors have been dramatic. They have also been traumatic. Witnessing others endure a difficult situation can also trigger memories of traumatic events that may have happened in our lives, leading us to be re-traumatized. What is trauma? Signs and Symptoms Most dictionaries define trauma
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