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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The lingering trauma of natural disasters

All around the world, communities and people are struggling to cope with natural disasters. For thousands of people, it is the hundreds of wildfires burning through parts of Western Canada, for others, it’s the looming hurricane heading for Hawaii. And … Read the rest

Using books as healing tools: a recommended reading list

Today is ‘Book Lovers Day’, an unofficial holiday to encourage people to pick up a book. The use of books for healing purposes is not a new concept, in fact, it’s coined bibliotherapy. This is an expressive form of therapy that … Read the rest

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