Teenagers ask all kinds of questions, about anything if you invite them, and so I wasn’t surprised to be asked many questions about hate last Friday. Last Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand is very frightening for people of all ages. For many of the questions I was asked, I had some answers. I …

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I had my first experience with bullying when I was 5 years old. Struggling with my high energy and tendency to experiment with dangerous household items, my mother was able to convince the school principal to let me start Grade 1 early. I was noticeably shorter than all the other kids around me and by …

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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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