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Student stress: You’re not alone
November 15, 2012 – 8:43 am | No Comment

As the semester draws to an agonizingly slow close, stress levels are at an all time high. Pressures from all angles weigh down on students in all programs. Holidays and the work schedules that come with them, internship and co-op applications, final projects and exams – not to mention an attempt at a social life. To make matters worse, most students have probably run out of OSAP this late in the semester. I know I have.
The problem is not necessarily the stress itself, a little bit of pressure can push you to work…

The impact of injuries on athletes’ mental health
November 8, 2012 – 7:14 am | No Comment
The impact of injuries on athletes’ mental health

Imagine dedicating your entire life to excelling at something.
Now envision what it would be like if what you had been working toward was suddenly taken away. How would you feel?
This is a harsh reality many athletes face when they suffer an injury. The fear that their body may never perform as it did before is a heavy burden on their mental health.
The aftermath can lead the athlete to struggle with life while facing this reality, and the results can be devastating.
Such was the case for former professional soccer player Billy…

Calling BS on society over mental health issues
November 5, 2012 – 9:25 am | No Comment
Calling BS on society over mental health issues

On Monday, October 29th in Toronto, youths raised their voices and called BS on the way society fails to support mental health. “Let’s Call BS” is a new campaign launched by Partners for Mental Health challenging youth to call out the way we talk, act and support mental health. 
“ We talked about suicide being the second leading cause of death for young Canadians. We talked about how 1 in 5 young people who need mental health services, less than quarter actually receive them, and most suffer in silence,” says Jeff Moat, president of Partners…

Anxiety: More than just a “bad day”
November 3, 2012 – 4:48 am | No Comment

For Mariette Lee, the pressure of mental illness and school responsibilities became unbearable during her second year at university. It was so bad that she attempted to take her own life.
The issue of mental health is becoming more prominent as people become comfortable with discussing such personal issues. All of this attention resulted in a Town Hall meeting at Mohawk College hosted by CBC Hamilton to discuss how young people are affected by mental illnesses.
The town hall, which took place on October 24th, featured a heartfelt discussion from people who were very personally…

Mental health: an issue for young people
October 31, 2012 – 4:37 am | No Comment

Stigma, Opportunity, Complexity, and Compassion.
Four panelists spoke these four words at the beginning of the special town hall event, Mental Health 101: Youth and the Hidden Crisis in Our Community. Heather Hiscox of CBC Hamilton hosted the event at Mohawk College last week.
The words illustrated what came to mind for each panelist when they heard the words “youth and mental illness.”
Dr. Sheila Harms, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at McMaster Children’s Hospital, chose the word opportunity, describing how the topic of mental illness can be approached optimistically with a sense of hope.…

Interview: Chelsea Rothwell tells her side of the story
October 28, 2012 – 5:32 am | No Comment

Chelsea Rothwell is very busy. At the time I interviewed her, she was coordinating an internship program for McMaster University. From India. Recently, she received an award from Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina for her work overseas. Her mother accepted the award on her behalf. Chelsea Rothwell is not your stereotypical “troubled teen.” Not many would consider her “undesirable.” And yet that is exactly what is being said about the residents of her former home, Charlton Hall.
“I’m interested in putting a human face on the debate over Charlton Hall,” says Rothwell. The debate, she says,…

Controversy over Charlton Hall
October 25, 2012 – 10:55 am | No Comment

Charlton Hall, a home for eight troubled teenaged girls living with mental illness, was in desperate need of a new home when it proposed moving from Charlton Avenue to a new facility in Corktown on Augusta Street. Then City Council enforced a bylaw requiring residential facilities to stay at least 300 metres apart from one another.
But for Stomp Out Stigma head Laura Babcock, the debate over Charlton Hall became a public issue when it got personal.
“Initially, when it was just a bylaw in place that prevented it was one thing, but people started…

Changing attitudes to mental health
October 24, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
Changing attitudes to mental health

In her 30-plus years as a psychiatric nurse, Michele Luckett has seen thousands of young people struggling with the stresses and pressures of growing up.
She says digital technology has exacerbated those pressures, while at the same time making it more difficult for some teens to cope.
One girl in her early teens, Luckett remembers, always felt like an outsider at school but found comfort online. But then some of the people online started calling her names, telling her she was no good and unloved, and even suggesting she kill herself.Her previous refuge had become…

Dealing with depression
October 24, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment
Dealing with depression

Everyone acknowledges depression differently. Many perceive it as a disorder stemming from a chemical imbalance in the brain. Others ignore the science completely and see it as a state of lingering despair often brought on by life changing events. For Daniel Bowker, a former resident of Hamilton now living in his native UK, two circumstances in particular began to have an effect on his mental health.
Dan, a former Mohawk College student who studied early childhood education, later worked as an educational assistant at Sir William Osler in Dundas. He began noticing changes in his…

Bullying and mental Health
October 24, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment
Bullying and mental Health

He doesn’t look like the kind of guy who would be bullied. Greg Rosser is tall, confident, and good-looking. Things were different in his teen years, and it affects him to this day. Rosser describes himself as a large, nerdy kid who didn’t make friends easily. He quickly became a target when he moved to Hamilton.
“They made me out as a pariah from day one,” he said. “It was the worst feeling I’ve ever had in my life. You’re like a leper. No one wants to touch you or talk to you.”
Bullying is…