What is PTSD and how does it affect us?

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June is ‘PTSD Awareness Month’, and in order to raise awareness about PTSD and allow people to heal from it, we need to understand what it is. PTSD is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that occurs following the experience (through first-hand … Read the rest

Depression is officially the leading health problem in the world

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Today marks World Health Dayan annual awareness campaign started by the World Health Organization (WHO), and this year’s theme is all about depression, and for very good reason. According to new statistics, depression is now the leading cause … Read the rest

Why shame has no place in healing

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Shame and guilt are painful feelings that surround the minds of many people who have experienced trauma, and it can have a seemingly tight grip on our lives and our healing.

But shame and guilt are profoundly different, and understanding … Read the rest

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi

The reality is, whether we’ve experienced some form of trauma in our lives or have been witness to pain and hardship in others, bad things happen in our … Read the rest

Remembering that you are not your story

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Everyone is on a journey in life, and we all have a story to tell. Where we’ve been, what we’ve overcome, where we’re going, has all helped to shape our lives; but it’s important to differentiate between what shapes us, … Read the rest

Why having compassion matters

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

When we encounter something joyful in our lives, it’s easy for us to instantly react with love and compassion. But pain doesn’t instinctively translate into compassion … Read the rest

The Effects of PTSD on the Mind and Body

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Last week on our blog, we discussed the definition of PTSD and what it looks like, and this week we are going to explore how it can affect our mind and body. Individuals who survive trauma can develop PTSD, and … Read the rest

What is PTSD?

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Before we can start to heal from PTSD, it’s important to understand what it is exactly. PTSD is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that occurs following the experience (through first-hand or witnessing) of something traumatic: military combat, natural disasters, accidents, or … Read the rest

Let’s Start Talking

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Today is ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ Day, a Canada-wide mental health awareness movement and fundraising campaign developed by Bell. Today social media will be flooded with #BellLetsTalk and online conversations about mental health, important awareness that is desperately needed—… Read the rest

How Attachment Shapes Our Lives

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Many people who have been sexually abused define themselves through the lens of that abuse.  They believe that their sometimes addictive and chaotic behaviour is caused solely by their childhood sexual abuse experience.  Unfortunately for someone looking for a … Read the rest