Prelude to my next 3 blogs: in the last months, I have been very moved by stories and workshops that have made me think about my personal journey toward Truth and Reconciliation. Since I work with youth, who must continue the journey for all of us toward Truth and Reconciliation, I want to provide families …

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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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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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At least once a week, a parent will express concern to me that their child has an “internet addiction”. When you consider how rare it is to see an adolescent without a smart phone, this certainly seems like a reasonable worry. However, one could just as easily wonder how many adults have an internet addiction, …

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Yesterday I was interviewed by Craig Oliver for his TV Program Challenges and Change on the topic of Mental Health. One of his questions to me was, “How do you help a child to develop resilience?” I wasn’t especially happy with my answer, but I thought about this question and did some research. I can …

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My weeks in the middle of October are crowded with patients – often patients I am not supposed to see since they are over 18 and my program does not extend beyond 18 years. These patients, however, know me and I know them. They turn first to someone they know, and I have told them …

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