The stigma remains strong around men’s mental health
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(Zacharie Poulin/ Ottawa Citizen) — Everyone told me these would be the best days of my life. I’m 18, finishing college and the world around me seems to be imploding. I haven’t had COVID-19, I have a job and I consider myself one of the lucky ones.

But my entire college experience is a Zoom room with screens off. I’ve met only one  …

How to talk to teens about social media and body image
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(Nora Mishanec/ Houston Chronicle) — Six years ago, Sunnie Gruwell’s 12-year-old daughter began obsessively reading recipes and food blogs, a fixation that led to a deeper struggle with body image and anorexia nervosa. During months of intensive therapy at a residential treatment center, Gruwell said her daughter   …

12 healthy New Year’s Resolutions that do not involve dieting
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(Emma Willingham/ Houston Chronicle) — It’s that time of year again! As we review the past 365 days, we contemplate how we can turn a new page and start fresh. Such reflection often results in ambitious, and unsustainable goal setting, which can set you up to fail. Common new year’s resolutions are aggressive dieting programs,  …

Women and men face different mental health challenges during holidays
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(Richard Gawel/ Healio) — Despite the holiday cheer, this time of year can trigger anxiety, depression and other mental health issues — and men and women experience them differently, according to Phyllis Mogielski-Watson, MS, PsyD.

“In part, it’s the expectations we put on ourselves or the stereotypes we see, even in   …

How you can take back control in this never-ending pandemic
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(Andrea Bellemare/ CBC News) — It can be hard to feel like you have control right now amid rising Omicron cases and difficulties in accessing COVID-19 tests and third doses of the vaccine in many parts of Canada.

The variant is extremely transmissible, and is coming at a time when most of us would prefer to be planning holiday  …

Expert tips for tackling Omicron anxiety over the Christmas period
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(Ellen Scott/ Metro UK) — After last year’s crushing low of Christmas plans canned due to Covid, we started to raise our hopes for a far more festive 2021.

Then, just as we were on the home stretch, Covid cases began to climb, Omicron became a thing, and we were chucked right back into a state of lockdown limbo.

Chuck in   …

IBS: Are my stomach problems really all in my head?
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(Constance Summer/ New York Times) — The New Mexican desert unrolled on either side of the highway like a canvas spangled at intervals by the smallest of towns. I was on a road trip with my 20-year-old son from our home in Los Angeles to his college in Michigan. Eli, trying to be patient, plowed down I-40 as daylight dimmed and  …

Pandemic depression persists among older adults: Study
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(Laura Lawson/ Healthing) — The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of older people living in the community, with those who are lonely faring far worse, according to new research from McMaster University.
Using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national team of
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Canadiens players shine a bright light on mental health issues
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(Stu Cowan/ Montreal Gazette) — Dr. Karl Looper is the head of psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital and he’s happy that the Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin and Carey Price both came forward to make their issues with mental health public.

Drouin left the Canadiens near the end of last season and missed the team’s  …

Pandemic left its mark on Quebec’s youngest, study concludes
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(Healthing/ The Montreal Gazette) — Quebec’s youngest inhabitants were hit hard by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study by the province’s Early Childhood Observatory has found.

The study’s good news is that “the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 is very low in children, and there have been no fatalities  …

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