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Please note that every person’s experience of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is different. The symptoms and ranges of BPD run both vertically (the number of symptoms experienced) and horizontally (the intensity of how they are experienced). If we also consider other factors that layer and intersect, such as life events (e.g., t/Trauma) and social positions (e.g., financial security, colour of skin, sexual orientation, gender, etc.), our end result is a very unique tapestry of experiences. “People with BPD are like people...

The current times, they sure are strange. It is perfectly normal during these tense times to be overwhelmed and to feel fear and anxiety when facing a new disease. Besides that, public health measures, such as social distancing and working from home, can make people feel isolated and lonely and increase stress and anxiety.  Here are some tips that can help you cope with the challenges that the pandemic brings.  Keep in touch with your loved ones Don’t allow the feeling that you...

Being open about our mental health is not a given. Many people living with mental health concerns and emotional pains, or wounds, feel uncomfortable sharing their experience with those around them, and understandably so. Discussions around mental health may still be considered ‘taboo’ for some folks.Despite mental health being a difficult conversation, the reality is that an estimated 1 billion people around the world have concerns about their mental health. During COVID, these conversations may be unavoidable, as families and...

It’s that time of the year again! Bell will be donating 5 cents to mental health initiatives in Canada for every:   Text (not iMessage) sent from a Bell customer phone; Tweet or retweet that includes #BellLetsTalk; Snapchat sent using Bell’s special filter.   More than just one conversation is needed, especially when we consider the number of people in Canada who are impacted by mental health challenges. For instance, 20% of Canadians experience mental health challenges in any given year. By age 40,...

These days when everything seems chaotic, it can be very hard to focus on certain tasks at hand and to find the time to do everything that is expected of us. Having so much on our plate makes it much more difficult to live a truly fulfilling life and to think about what is important to us. One way to improve the quality of our lives is to consider living in the moment and practicing mindfulness. While this can be quite...

Compersion is the warm, enjoyable, and downright pleasurable feelings that we experience when our partners’ are cultivating good feelings with or from other people. The principal of compersion originates within consensual non-monogamous relationships (e.g., polyamory, swinging, open relationships, etc.). If we are thinking in binaries, compersion opposes jealousy and monogamous ideologies that are rooted in possessing, or “mate-guarding,” our partner’s affection for ourselves.    If one partner is experiencing jealousy in their relationship, we might describe them as being in pain from...

Last year, Doug Ford promised voters that if the Conservatives were elected, they would repeal the controversial 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum introduced by Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals. At the time, Wynne stated that the 2015 curriculum brought Ontario in line with other provinces. In the fall of 2014, the Ministry of Education consulted around 4,000 parents across Ontario, 2,400 educators and other stakeholders, 700 students, as well as police, academics, and other community organizations. Ford however, insisted that parents were...

  Being a mom is never easy. Mom is also a nurse, a chef, and teacher. It brings immeasurable joy to the heart, but there’s no shame in admitting that sometimes things get really hard. When mom also has entrepreneurial ambitions, finding a work-life balance can be complicated because there’s her work on one side and her children on another. Add a significant other into the mix and things can get quite chaotic. Here are some tips on how to get...

  Let’s talk about sex and gender! This Sexy Friday, we share another brief summary of a Sex Talk with Kelly episode on Rogers TV. Find the link to the full episode below!    This week Kelly chats with Dr. Shayna Sparling from the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Dr. Sparling shares some of her new sex research with us, explaining that sexual arousal impacts our ability to make decisions, and can even influence us to...

​​To imagine that one can ​survive horrible hospital stays, car accidents, ​multiple ​death​s​ of a loved ones, traumatic​ life​ situations and, yes, even insomnia by simply practicing meditation is a radical thought. We know that meditation has been around for thousands of years and practiced by people from all walks of life and on all parts of the globe , but there is one common myth about meditation, however, that often leads to a sense of failure and why people give up...