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Mental Illness Touches Everyone: Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

Mental Illness Touches Everyone: Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of suicide and mental illness. If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts, please contact your province’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Centres. There is help out there. Anthony Bourdain & Kate Spade Both Died Of Suicide On June 5th, 2018, news broke that famous fashion designer and icon Kate Spade had died. The world very quickly found out that the cause of death was suicide. She was 55. Just days after, on June 8th, 2018, passing of celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain was announced....
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Did You Know: Depression Has Physical Symptoms

Did You Know: Depression Has Physical Symptoms

According to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, 8% of Canadians will experience major depression within their lifetime, with youth under the age of 20 and women at the greatest risk. Many symptoms of depression affect one’s ability to function emotionally or cognitively. Certainly, we know that depression affects mood. But we don’t talk nearly enough about the physical symptoms of depression that can limit one’s functionality in more easily quantifiable ways. These symptoms are often misdiagnosed as something other than depression. Physical Symptoms of Depression...
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Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

When we think of a debilitating condition, we often think of something physical. As a result, mental illnesses often go unattended, ignored, maligned, and sometimes even brushed aside, like postpartum depression. But according to CAMH – the Center for Addiction and Mental Health – in a given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience some form of mental illness. By the time they reach the age of 40, it’s estimated that 1 in 2 Canadians have, or have had, a mental illness. Those numbers are staggering, and cannot be ignored. Postpartum depression is no exception,...
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Quiet Depression: The Subtle Signs that Someone is Hurting

Quiet Depression: The Subtle Signs that Someone is Hurting

Will’s Story Of His Sister It took Will a while to notice that his sister Julia was suffering from depression. Before he understood the nuances of mental wellness, he thought things were black and white. His sister had always been his close friend, she was happy-go-lucky, ambitious and loving. They went out for brunches and walked their dogs in the park. Julia had wonderful friends, a good job, and – from Will’s perspective – she had a great life. What you don’t always hear about depression is that the symptoms are anything but black and white. Anxiety...
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Disability Awareness in Canada: 1890 – 1970

Disability Awareness in Canada: 1890 – 1970

Canada has a long and complicated history with its perspective on disability. Beginning at the end of the 19th century, disabled persons were largely segregated throughout the country in archaic institutions and church-run homes. As a result, social stigma grew around these citizens, one that would take over a century to dismantle and rectify. Read more about disability awareness. Perspectives Changes After The First World War After the First World War, Canadian perspectives of people with disabilities changed with the return of Canadian veterans, and the difficulty they...