I received a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder as I began university, and boy, was it a relief. It was a relief to me, to my family, to everyone in my life. It was a relief because after six years, eight or more mental health professionals and many sleepless nights, we finally had answers to why […]
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My name is Richard Erdmann. I am a husband, father, retired elementary principal and, more recently, a terminally ill cancer patient. It was in early August 2019 that I got my most recent personal identifier: cancer patient. That was the month that changed my and my family’s life path forever. What started as a simple […]
Dear Reader; Before you dive into the writing below, I wanted to provide a little foreword – I am very aware that my struggles with mental health are not necessarily unique, but that being said, no two experiences are exactly the same. While my story may not resonate with everyone, it is my hope that […]
The afternoon of March 21, 2004 was when we first looked in to her eyes and held her in our arms. She was 7 days old and she was our miracle. Scott and I were married at 21 and immediately ready to start our family. We had so much love to give but by age […]
At age 14, I first became ill. I heard voices over a course of 9 months. I became extremely disoriented and withdrew into my own world, thinking students and my parents were plotting against me. Taken to hospital, I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. I was in and out of hospital throughout high school. I […]
Derek Drouin is a Canadian track and field athlete who competes in the high jump. He is the reigning Olympic Champion, having won gold in 2016, and was the 2015 World Champion. He also won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American Games, and won a bronze medal at the 2012 […]
Have you ever wondered what you would do in a horrible situation like a tsunami, or if you lost your legs, or were trapped in rubble after an earthquake? How would you react? Do you wonder whether you would be strong enough to handle it? I was faced with a horrible situation. I was blindsided. […]
Honestly, the first nine days if quarantine were an emotional roller coaster. There I am, standing in the middle of the living room scanning the room, a confused look on my face, completely forgetting what I was looking for. Day three, lying in bed, heart racing as I wonder if the world was really ending, […]
Many of us have experienced an event that so dissects our lives that we measure time in terms of “before it happened” and “after it happened.” For us, that event occurred in the pre-dawn hours of May 11, 2015, when our little family’s perfect snow globe of a world was pitched to the humid floor […]
As more and more of us are self-isolating in our homes, worrying about the health of our loved ones, and generally having our lives turned upside down, I am not, for the most part, hearing people complaining. Yes, we are stressed. Yes, we are worried. Yes, we have moments of freaking out. But, what I […]
July 30, 2017 will be etched in our hearts and minds for the rest of our lives. It was the day that I brought my three-year-old son into the emergency department for unexplained foot pain. Never in a million years would I have imagined that he would be admitted that night to begin his fight […]
Drawing from our interview with Katie Campbell-Elsdon (B.Ed., M.Ed. (School Counselling), RCC), Meg Kapil (MA, CCC-S, RCC) and Heather Vale (RCC) the co-facilitators of Creating Calm, a therapeutic group approach that helps children alongside their parents to develop the tools and skills they need to better manage anxiety, the following information covers some key signals […]