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  …

We still stigmatize mental illness, and that needs to stop
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(Valerie A. Lapointe, Nessa Ghassemi-Bakhtiari/ The Conversation) — Many people struggle with mental illness — in any given year, one in five people in Canada experience a mental health problem or illness — but it is still heavily stigmatized. This seems to happen because of three things: the creation of stereotypes,   …

Toxic positivity: how to avoid the positivity trap
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(Tiffany Sauber Millaci/ Positive Psychology) — “Just think happy thoughts!”

“Don’t worry, be happy!”

“Look on the bright side!”

“It could be worse!”

“Good vibes only!”

Although well intentioned, these phrases can be downright harmful. It turns out that the phrase “too much of a good thing can be bad” also applies to positivity.  …

Teens should put down phones to boost mental health: study
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(Andrew Duffy/ Ottawa Citizen) — A large, international study that involved more than half a million teenagers has distilled a clear, simple formula for the improved mental wellbeing of adolescents: more exercise and less screen time.

Published earlier this week in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, the   …

Simone Biles’s withdrawal from Olympic event could ‘normalize’ mental health conversations
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(Benjamin Blume/ CBC News) — The decision of U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles to withdraw from the women’s team final to look after her mental health could go a long way toward dispelling stigmas around the issue in sports, experts said.

“There has always been, within the athletic world, the emphasis on appearing  …

Toxic workplaces increase risk of depression by 300%
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(University of South Australia/ Neuroscience News) — A year-long Australian population study has found that full time workers employed by organisations that fail to prioritise their employees’ mental health have a threefold increased risk of being diagnosed with depression.

And while working long hours is a risk factor  …