Saying goodbye

As this is my last blog post for Healthy Minds Canada (*tear*), I thought it would be relevant to talk about saying goodbye and how it affects our mental health… whether we’re saying goodbye to a friend, a loved one, a pet, or a burrito that we just inhaled, it always has some sort of … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Embracing the eternal identity crisis

Over the past few years, as I have mentioned, I’ve gone through some injuries and health issues that have altered the way in which I interact with the world around me. Through these experiences I’ve realized that I’m constantly trying to find an identity that I can stick with (so is the U.S., am I … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Globalized Relationships

Over the past few weeks I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling that brought me closer to some of the most important people in my life, many of whom I’ve been sharing long distance friendships with for years due to our educational, professional and personal circumstances. Although it was an amazing time, coming … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Fall is here, so why don’t you “tree it”?

I’ve always loved September. I think it’s because, for so many years, it meant the start of something new. A new school year, a new team, a new season: the opportunity to refresh, renew, and reset. With the cool breezes and the changing colours, September has always felt like the time to shed the burdens … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Self-Talk: It’s not a cool new band, but it’s still important.

In a previous post, I wrote about the importance of self-care and trying not to be too hard on ourselves on a day to day basis. But, over the last few months, I’ve been humbly reminded that there is a lot more involved in self-care than just physical wellness. To be more specific, I’ve been … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Great Expectations

Since I’ve spent the last 4 days cheering and screaming at the Rio 2016 coverage (and I can only assume that you have too), I felt it appropriate to write this week’s post about the Olympic excitement that graces our TVs and our hearts every two years. During these days, one cannot avoid thinking about … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


“One fell off and bumped their head”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had to take a break from writing due to an unfortunate flare-up of my post-concussion syndrome from a head injury that I suffered more than 3 years ago. Ironically enough, these symptoms reared their ugly heads on the exact day that I had been planning on writing about head … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Love wins. Love always wins.

Once in a while, I sit back and think about human nature. I think about why we do certain things and ignore others. I think about why we say things in given situations and what we feel in others. Sometimes, I believe that we do, say and feel the right things. But sometimes, I think … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Building Up The Courage To Speak Up

Play. “Welcome back to the program! Now we’re going to watch contestant X’s promo video for their cooking show.” Wow, X’s promo was super disjointed, I really can’t figure out what his show is supposed to be about. I hear the judge make a few similar comments, and then I hear it. She says, “Come … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


What It Means To #GETLOUD

This week is CMHA’s 65th annual Mental Health Week! For those who haven’t heard of it, “CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. Today, MHW offers practical ways to maintain and improve mental health and support recovery from mental illness and addictions.”[1] Can you believe it … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Self-Care Should Not Be A Chore

Since the day I began volunteering in the mental health community, I have been hearing about “self-care”, and I’m definitely not the first person to write about how important it is, how critical it is to recovery, how much of an impact it can have on caregivers, how it is often neglected, etc. These statements … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


“How Long?”: Rethinking Our Qs & As

How long will it last? How long will it take to kick in? How long will we have to wait? How long will I feel this way? How long is the wait list? How long is the treatment? How long do the effects last? How long will I have to deal with this? How long … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


For Every Action, Is There An Equal And Opposite Reaction?

Recently, I’ve been noticing that the more people are willing to talk about mental health issues, the more they begin to search for a cause. In theory, this makes perfect sense. It’s important to understand the root cause of a problem in order to effectively solve it. What I’m starting to hear more and more … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Lessons Learned From Being Honest

In my last post, I wrote about how good it can feel to be vulnerable and honest about how you’re feeling. I also talked about how that can be difficult because being vulnerable is not easy at the best of times. I challenged everyone to try it.  If you did try, or are planning to, … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Saying You’re Feeling Bad Has Never Felt So Good

As someone who spends a lot of time with people who are both directly and indirectly affected by mental health issues, I have come to realize that there are so many things that we can do to better welcome positive mental health into our relationships. First and foremost, mental health issues affect everyone, in a … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.


Do Unto Yourself As You Would Have Done Unto Others

For years, I have been trying to understand why the stigma around mental illness has been so difficult to eliminate. Trying to make sense of the fact that each and every one of us is connected to mental illness somehow, yet we still run from the idea of saying it out loud. Searching to unravel … Continued

About Kathryn Christie

As an HR Consultant with a deep passion for Mental Health, Kathryn spends her days pushing paper and her nights volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a co-facilitator of the Family and Caregiver Education program. Her passion extends beyond the realm of her volunteer work which has brought her to Healthy Minds Canada to share stories, support and inspiration with her community.