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The Homewood Blog is a collection of resources to help you read and learn about a variety of topics related to mental health, addictions and wellness.
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360 Degrees of Mental Health
Few things have a greater impact on one’s life than their mental health. There is a vast spectrum of possible mental health challenges affecting just as broad a spectrum of people.
What to Do If a Co-Worker Is Suicidal
For some years now, it seems that an increasing number of people, when faced with adversity, psychological distress, or despair, are tempted to end their suffering once and for all by turning to suicide.
Supporting First Responders
Those in first responder occupations, such as police, firefighters, and paramedics face daily exposure to life-threatening situations. This constant barrage of contact with abuse, violence, and danger takes a tremendous toll.
LGBTQ+ Mental Health
For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit or queer (LGBTQ+), the range of experiences with mental health and well-being are as diverse as those found within the general Canadian population.
The Importance of Sleep
In need of a comfortable, restful night’s sleep? Quality sleep – the kind that makes you look refreshed and feeling energized – is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Understanding Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are a complex, serious and sometimes fatal illness that cause severe disturbances to an individual’s eating behaviour, their sense of identity, self-worth, and self-esteem.
Dealing with Seasonal Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), often referred to as "winter blues” or seasonal depression, is a type of depression related to changes in the seasons.
When Habits Become Addictions
We all have good and bad habits. But sometimes, these habits can become addictions, and being addicted to anything can have a detrimental effect on our physical and psychological well-being.
Uncovering the Faces of Anxiety
Recognized as one of the most common types of mental health disorders in Canada, anxiety disorders have a major impact on the lives of those affected.
Understanding Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Historically referred to as shell shock, and later combat fatigue, these two conditions where little was understood became referred to as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) after the Vietnam War ended.
Youth, Teens and Mental Health
It’s no secret the emotions and actions of youth and teenagers can be a dizzying array of ups, downs, quirks and contradictions.
Mindfulness: Meditation and Everyday Practice
Mindfulness is the maintaining of moment-by-moment consciousness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and our relationship and interaction with the surrounding environment.
Although the number of people suffering from depression continues to rise, there are misconceptions between sadness and depression. We will identify what depression is, symptoms of the depression, and how to manage those symptoms.
Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to improve your general health.
Six Steps to Reducing Work Stress
One in three Canadians say work stress is getting them down. Can you relate?
Understanding Loving, Healthy Relationships
We sometimes need to be reminded it’s the intangibles -- trust, respect, caring, honesty and patience – that are the hallmarks of healthy relationships.
Taking Care of Your Finances
Financial stress can affect more than your wallet; it can have a ripple effect, impacting your health and relationships. The relationship between mental health and finances in some instances are dynamically linked.
Managing Workplace Change
Sometimes we need help and we aren’t sure where to turn. Who should I talk to? Where do I go to get help? How does counselling work? You are not alone. There are answers and people who can help.
Reducing Holiday Stress
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a time when we feel the most pressured.