A New Year begins tomorrow and many families will likely resolve to spend extra time together. However, just after the holidays you may also be thinking about keeping spending down. An inexpensive activity that is shown to improve mental health, and that can give your family some positive and meaningful experiences, is volunteering. I am …

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Sunday afternoon, as I was running around my kitchen cooking, the doorbell rang. It was late in the day for a salesperson, and not really a reasonable time for sales, either. There are Spanish-speaking Christmas Carol Singers who visit homes in my neighbourhood and I thought, “They’re here!” I opened the door happily expectantly and …

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Last week in Ottawa, 650 people slept out to raise money to support a local agency’s efforts to help homeless youth. The agency was Youth Services Bureau and, with their shelter system and other support services, they have the most robust assistance for homeless youth in Ottawa. Youth Services Bureau’s Sleep Out event does more …

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As December starts, I thought I should review a few basic guidelines to have a stress-free holiday season. For any readers looking for reassurance that this can be done, you’ve come to the wrong psychiatrist. Now, make no mistake, these are great guidelines. I’ve been avoiding them for years. I provide them to you not …

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Since the announcement last Thursday that the Ontario Child Advocate’s office would be closed, many groups have expressed their concern that the voice of children and youth in Ontario will be silenced. Many have made an impassioned plea to Premier Ford and his government to reverse this decision. Rather than reiterate their concerns, let me …

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