YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

This section offers practical advice, articles and information to help you #GetReal about how you really feel.

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Social connection is the cure

Long before there was COVID-19, there was loneliness. In recent years, loneliness has been considered a growing public health problem. Even an epidemic.

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Your Social Distancing Survival Guide

We are used to having built-in ways to connect. But as we can’t any longer, we have to go looking for connection and we have to be creative. We need to make an effort to reach out to each other. Here is the guide.

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7 ways to #GetReal about how you feel 

Here are seven ways to #GetReal about how you really feel – one way for every day of Mental Health Week.

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Screens and your child: the inside scoop 

Children are now at home with parents often busy with their day jobs. It’s a perfect storm for increased screen time for children. Here’s tips when weighing the pros and cons of increased screen time.

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Listening: how to make your social interactions real 

Why do we answer “I’m fine, thanks” even when it isn’t true? It’s partly because we aren’t sure the other person is really listening. 

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Kindness is contagious. Not just fear

Some say that fear of the COVID-19 pandemic is as contagious as the virus. Yes, scientists have studied social networks and brain imaging and have found that fear can be passed from person to person.

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Tips on how to really listen  

Sharing is caring, but so is listening! Building real connection with other people in your life means really listening.

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More than simply “fine”

It happens every time we say hello. Someone asks us how we’re doing. It’s politeness. It’s a social convention. But are we really saying how we really feel?

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‘Social distancing’ is a misnomer

Health authorities are calling on Canadians to practice “social distancing,” a way to mitigate transmission of the novel coronavirus. But while this is the right public-health approach, it has the wrong name.

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Caring for children in the COVID-19 crisis

This is a time of uncertainty, and may provoke anxiety, not only in adults, but also in our children. If you are a parent, here are some guidelines.    

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This Mental Health Week, you can bring the #GetReal message to life by sharing this GIF on your social media.

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Check in on your mental health

We found that, while feeling well means different things to different people, some things might actually apply to all of us in order to thrive. Here is a checklist for your mental health.