Have Hope in Dire Circumstances

Since the time of my last blog post, things have really changed. Many people aren’t happy with the outcome of the United States Presidential Election. I’m not an American, but I do feel for those individuals who are and who have to deal with the outcome of this particular decision. People of color, women, the … Continued

About Anna Dinissuk

Anna Dinissuk graduated from York University in June 2016 with a BA Honours in Psychology. She's now pursuing an MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education at OISE/the University of Toronto. Anna enjoys writing poetry, going on walks, snuggling with her cat, and playing Candy Crush Saga.


Music as a Connecting Force

Music can help soothe the soul and calm the mind. A single well-crafted song or verse can transport someone to distant lands and times. Music can help some people find their purpose and reason for existing. I write poetry and draw for artistic fulfillment and leisure. Others choose to make their creative work their career. … Continued

About Anna Dinissuk

Anna Dinissuk graduated from York University in June 2016 with a BA Honours in Psychology. She's now pursuing an MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education at OISE/the University of Toronto. Anna enjoys writing poetry, going on walks, snuggling with her cat, and playing Candy Crush Saga.


Considering Cultural Diversity

One’s mental health and how an individual may choose to seek help or support can be influenced by many factors, including but not limited to one’s ethnicity or cultural background. For my very first blog post for Healthy Minds Canada, I spoke to my friend Indie about her involvement with Active Minds at York University. … Continued

About Anna Dinissuk

Anna Dinissuk graduated from York University in June 2016 with a BA Honours in Psychology. She's now pursuing an MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education at OISE/the University of Toronto. Anna enjoys writing poetry, going on walks, snuggling with her cat, and playing Candy Crush Saga.


Don’t Let Negative Feelings Consume You

Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone. Many people have visited relatives, eaten good food, and thanked the universe for all the bounty that they have. It is easy to feel happy during the holidays. At the same time, it is also easy to feel sad. It is easy to feel alone in a crowd or … Continued

About Anna Dinissuk

Anna Dinissuk graduated from York University in June 2016 with a BA Honours in Psychology. She's now pursuing an MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education at OISE/the University of Toronto. Anna enjoys writing poetry, going on walks, snuggling with her cat, and playing Candy Crush Saga.


Create Your Own Destiny

It’s hard to be a university student nowadays. Your mind is pulled in a million different directions, and it’s hard to know what to focus on. You have classes, family responsibilities, and a social life. In the middle of that, it can be difficult to try to get practical experience in the field you’re interested … Continued

About Anna Dinissuk

Anna Dinissuk graduated from York University in June 2016 with a BA Honours in Psychology. She's now pursuing an MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education at OISE/the University of Toronto. Anna enjoys writing poetry, going on walks, snuggling with her cat, and playing Candy Crush Saga.


Different is Not Defective

We all do little things to adapt to our environment. When it’s sunny, we wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Somebody with a peanut allergy avoids peanut products. We wear rain boots and carry an umbrella when it rains. I chose to take an extra year and take summer school courses in order to complete my undergraduate … Continued

About Anna Dinissuk

Anna Dinissuk graduated from York University in June 2016 with a BA Honours in Psychology. She's now pursuing an MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education at OISE/the University of Toronto. Anna enjoys writing poetry, going on walks, snuggling with her cat, and playing Candy Crush Saga.


Joining a Club Improved My Mental Health

I was never really interested in joining clubs. I joined choir, the yearbook committee, and even tried out for the school play in high school, but none of those commitments really seemed to stick.  Those activities just didn’t seem to hold my interest, and I stopped showing up to club meetings eventually. During the majority … Continued

About Anna Dinissuk

Anna Dinissuk graduated from York University in June 2016 with a BA Honours in Psychology. She's now pursuing an MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education at OISE/the University of Toronto. Anna enjoys writing poetry, going on walks, snuggling with her cat, and playing Candy Crush Saga.