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Featured Blog Posts:

How to Talk to Kids About Addiction in Your Family

by Edgewood Health Network Blog: The Path


You can’t sweep addiction under the rug and pretend children don’t understand what’s happening in their family. Here are four tips to help you start talking to your kids about addiction.

You can’t sweep addiction under the rug and pretend children don’t understand what’s happening in their family. Here are four tips to help you start talking to your kids about addiction.

“Recovery is a journey that begins with a call for help. It is unfortunate, but many who are unwell do not have the luxury of insight.”


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Concerned About Your Child?


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Maybe you’ve started noticing a change in behavior in your child. He’s not sleeping as well; she doesn’t want to go to school; he doesn’t want to leave your side. Or maybe it’s something else that just doesn’t sit right with you. If you are the parent of a child that is struggling (or you know one!), @KarenCopeland3 from Community Mental Wellness (and HMC Bell Let’s Talk Team Member) wants you to know you are not alone. (Handy Infographic included!)

The Taboo of Mental Illness in the Startup World

Women 2.0
by Alison Taffel Rabinowitz @taffel

Many of the most successful leaders in history have suffered from some sort of mental health issues. We all hate the buzzword “unicorn” in the startup world, but that’s what we all are. We’re all different.
Some people struggle. Others get help. Some yo-yo back and forth because they are scared of losing their edge if they start taking meds.

We need to start talking more about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and how they mirror the ups and downs experienced by those who suffer from mental health issues. We need to ignore the stigma and figure out what we can do to help valuable startup team members without judgement.

Mad Girl’s Lament:  From the Blog of our HMC/BLT Team Leader Marisa Lancione (@MarisaLancione)


Memoirs taught me more about my mental illness than doctors did

What is Bipolar Disorder II? 

My Battle with Depression and Anxiety

No Pill can Cure Mental Health Stigma

Pregnancy and mental health; or how one doctor told me I should never have kids

Stuck in Huntsville


Stuck In Huntsville is a short story meant to bring understanding to the push/pull aspect of relationships affected by Borderline Personality Disorder. It is the story of a man who knows he needs to leave, but keeps choosing to stay.

The Parent’s Job

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Karen Skinulis, parenting counselor, explains how counseling can help parents understand behaviour problems psychologically and teach them strategies and skills to improve family dynamics.

Dr. Molyn Leszcz on Group Therapy

A two-part interview with Dr. Molyn Lezcz, a leader in Canadian psychiatry. Dr. Lezcz discusses the benefits of group psychotherapy and using evidence-based practice to make group therapy more effective.


Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong by TED Talk, June 2015

What is addiction? In a TED presentation, Johann Hari, a British journalist, explains his research and why he thinks we need to radically change the way we treat people suffering with an addiction:

Andrew Solomon, “How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are” 


In this 2014 TED Talk, Andrew Solomon shares personal experience and the value of folding “the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph.”

Rick Mercer’s Teen Suicide Rant


In this 2011 “Mercer Report” rant, Rick Mercer discusses climbing teen suicide rates, and encourages everyone to step up to the table and take concrete action.

JK Rowling, “The fringe benefits of failure”


In this famous Harvard 2008 commencement address, JK Rowling discusses hitting rock bottom, and how rock bottom became the solid foundation on which she rebuilt her life.

Kevin Briggs, “The bridge between suicide and life”


In this 2014 TED Talk, Kevin Briggs discusses his experience patrolling San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and shares the stories and insight of those he encountered who were contemplating suicide.

“Clara’s Big Ride”


In this documentary that aired for the first time on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015, Olympian and mental health advocate Clara Hughes’ mental health awareness cross-Canada bike ride is profiled.

JD Schramm, “Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors”


In this 2011 TED Talk, JD Schramm shares the importance of raising the voices of suicide attempt survivors, emphasizing that people who have made the difficult decision to come back to life need help.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “Mental Health” 


In this 2015 segment on mental health, John Oliver addresses when we get it wrong on mental health, and, less frequently, when we get it right.

Mark Henick, “Why we choose suicide”


In this 2013 TEDx Toronto talk, Mark Henick discusses the contracted world view that those facing mental health challenges experience.  Mark shares how he has channeled insight from his personal experience with mental illness into advocacy for the well-being of others.

Confessions of a Depressed Comic (TED Talk)

Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.

Articles of Interest:

Phoenix Magazine by Edgewood Health Network, Spring 2015
2015 List of People Who Are Helping Transform the Way We Look at Recovery, Bellwood Health Services, December 2015

Shattering the myths and eliminating the stigma associated with addiction is critical to improving the lives of people with addiction and how they access support and treatment. Whether a celebrity, healthcare professional, or person in recovery, these top five shared their stories and made people stop and rethink addiction.

Anxiety and Eating Disorders By WaterStone Clinic, April 24, 2015

“People often suffer from more than one anxiety disorder, and those with anxiety disorders often suffer from depression, eating disorders or substance abuse as well.” WaterStone’s blog describes why anxiety disorders and eating disorders are often diagnosed together.

Why I am Open About My Addiction Recovery

Written By: Lauren Stahl
Originally appeared in The Huffington Post, November 22, 2015

Stahl shares that there’s still stigma tied to the word addiction. People often look at those with addiction as weak or that they have poor self-control. Stahl explains five reasons why she’s open about her addiction recovery.

5 Signs You Might Have a Gambling Problem

Bellwood Health Services, December 2015


If you think you or someone’s gambling is getting out of control, here’s a list of common signs that may indicate a gambling addiction.

Why Doesn’t Apple Healthkit Include Mental Health Tracking?

Fast Company
January 14, 2016

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Apple’s HealthKit, which launched last year, is a service for people to pull together health and fitness data from their favorite apps. Apple refers to the service as the “beginning of a health revolution.”  But the revolution has its limits.

The Invisible Player – Without support, student-athletes with mental health issues often suffer in silence

by Matthew Pariselli of @SWEATmagazine (The official magazine of the Ontario College Athletic Association)

Student Athletes

One of the barriers that needs to be addressed in order to tackle mental health issues among student-athletes is the pervasive stigma attached to it. Student-athletes are championed and expected to be the embodiment of resilience and resolve, but the presence of a mental health issue tarnishes this impression. To treat mental health issues, the stigma tied to it needs undoing.

Mental Health Daily: Year in Humor

Mental Health Daily Editor’s Blog
December 21, 2016

In my Head
The best humor comes from people who’ve ingested and processed their material in a deep way. And the same holds true when trying to be funny about #MentalHealth. (includes videos)

Promising New Programs to Treat Schizophrenia

Texas Public Radio
January 11, 2016

More than two million people in the United States have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which can be a difficult illness to treat effectively. In the past few years, some states have adopted a new approach to treating schizophrenia, and the results are encouraging so far. (includes audio)

Depressed People May Not Be Getting the Information They Are Looking For

Neuroscience News
January 11, 2016
More than 15 million American adults seek treatment for depression each year. However, a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice reveals an eye-opening disconnect between the priorities of patients and clinicians when it comes to the information needed to make decisions about treatment options.

Virtual Reality Therapy: Treating The Global Mental Health Crisis

Tech Crunch
January 6, 2016

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Virtual reality (VR) has been used for decades as a tool for therapists to administer virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) in a safe and controlled manner. Due to cost and technology limitations, it has not been widely available, to date.

Images we love:




Mental Illness- Let’s Reduce The Stigma! Let’s Talk

By Bellwood Health Services, January 2015


Guidelines on how to help foster a workplace that is free of stigma around mental illness and addiction.

Powerful Ways to Improve the Way You Handle Triggers

By Edgewood Health Network Blog: The Path, November 27, 2015


National Addictions Awareness Week- Addiction Matters

By Edgewood Health Network Blog: The Path, November 16, 2015


This infographic about Addiction in Canada brings awareness to substance abuse and how it affects us all

Sharable Songs:

Music has the power to lift us up, and many of us have a “go-to” song when in need of inspiration.  Listed below are the “go-to” songs of our Healthy Minds Canada/Bell Let’s Talk team.  We encourage you to share your favourite motivational song on Twitter, using #BellLetsTalk and @Healthy_Minds!

Fun, “Carry On” – submitted by National Campaign Manager @BecLizWag


AWOLNATION – Headrest For My Soul – submitted by Ontario Team Leader @LauraL2920



SZ Magazine (Winter 2016)

A quarterly magazine dedicated to bring hope, dignity, and support by providing inspiration and information about mental health issues

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