RNAO Statement on Terrorist Attack at Quebec Mosque

Statement on terrorist attack at Quebec mosque Ontario’s registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students are horrified and heartbroken by Sunday’s fatal shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec. It is unconscionable that our fellow Canadians could be targeted for violence simply because of their faith. Our thoughts are with the victims’ loved ones at this difficult time. This tragedy reminds us that our country is not immune to those who promote fear and hate. The outpouring of support from Canadians reinforces our core values as a diverse, tolerant, and welcoming home for all people. We stand together with…

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What Is Wrong With the World?

Everyday I know I tell myself I won’t post anything regarding Trump, I mean my sole purpose for this blog was to promote mental health and advocate for mental illness. But with everything going on in the States and around the world I find it incredibly hard to not keep my mouth shut. For some people, you probably ask yourself “why does she care, what is she even doing, who cares about her silly little blog”. Well first of all, i’d like to thank for you taking the time to visit my blog and secondly you are probably part of the…

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Expectations.

“We cannot control everything that happens to us in life, but we can choose how we respond. When we respond with an attitude of ‘Why is this happening to me?’ and adopt a victim mentality, we suffer. When we choose to respond with an attitude of ‘Why is this happening for me and what can I learn?’ then we feel a lot more empowered, which impacts our mental state positively. The biggest misconception about happiness is that we can outsource it — that something external is going to make us happy. Happiness is NOT a constant state. As humans we experience and grow through…

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#WelcomeToCanada

It’s absolutely disgusting and heartbreaking watching President Trump put into place blanket prohibitions in turning away refugees and immigrants. As a citizen of a country that prides itself on diversity and a global citizen I refuse to turn my back on people who need our support. Immigrants have helped contribute to the wealth of knowledge that once made America so powerful on the world stage. Trump has shown blatant disregard for international law. He is not just saying they will no longer take refugees. He is banning people who are already vetted, who already have visas, who already have green…

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Dystopia.

I came across this Facebook comment today on a CNN page (go figure): “I hate the fact that people compare what president Trump is doing to the German Simple difference : The Jewish people in Europe did not blow up busses, did not want to enforce sharia law , did not fly plans into buildings ! They just worked and lived.” Seeing this kind of crap makes me incredibly angry. How does someone become so ignorant, comments like these make me want to slam my face into a concrete wall over and over. WHERE DOES ONE BECOME SO IGNORANT? Why…

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Empathy Bad For Moral Decision Making?

Paul Bloom says empathy is a capricious feeling that plays on our prejudices. By empathy, the Yale psychology professor does not mean kindness or generosity, but the process of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes as a moral guide. In his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Bloom argues empathy, as an emotion, often leads to bad moral decisions. “It feels great, but given the nature of our minds, [empathy] leads us to bias decisions, to enumerate decisions, and often, cruel decisions,” Bloom told The Current’s host Anna Maria Tremonti. Bloom says empathy speaks to our unconscious biases, which should have no role in…

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The Aftermath of Bell Let’s Talk.

I think this is an insightful perspective into the impact Bell Let’s Talk day has on the mental health movement. I have to admit it is one of my favourite days on social media, it’s incredibly inspiring to see so many people open up for the first time and share their experiences or words of positive encouragement for those going through mental illness. However, it’s also incredibly sad and frustrating at the same time to see so many people suffering in silence and unable to find the resources they need to lead a meaningful life. Mental health treatment is expensive.…

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Neo-Liberalism And It’s Impact on Mental Illness.

What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness now strike people down all over the world. The latest, catastrophic figures for children’s mental health in England reflect a global crisis. Children’s mental health in crisis – readers share their stories There are plenty of secondary reasons for this distress, but it seems to me that the underlying cause is everywhere the same: human beings, the ultrasocial mammals, whose brains are wired to respond to other people, are being peeled apart. Economic and technological…

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“Splitting” Mental Health From entertainment

  Split is marketed as a horror film where Kevin, the main antagonist, kidnaps three teenage girls. According to the teaser text online, those three girls must convince one of his 23 personalities to release them before the 24th personality, referred to as “the beast” emerges. James McAvoy has been praised online for his portrayals of the various personalities, but the film uses these personalities as a warped funhouse carousel where viewers are left wondering which personality is to come next. The film deliberately takes advantage of and reinforces a perception of mental illness as being dangerous, as the material for…

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9 Inspirational Quotes from Carrie Fisher Fighting Mental Health Stigma

Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 20s and was very open with her struggles throughout her life, including battles with addiction. Since her death, fans have taken to social media to share stories of how Fisher’s honesty helped them come out about and cope with their own mental health struggles.Here are some of the most memorable and powerful of Fisher’s quotes on mental illness, delivered with the sharp wit and unflinching honesty that we will always love her for.   “I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple – just someone who could not…

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The Presidential Inauguration

Today was the first day of Trump’s administration. You’re probably thinking, why do you even care since you’re Canadian. I care because I am an educated woman, a minority, and a global citizen. I get it, Trump winning was not a surprise, I knew it was coming as soon as the debates began to start. Everyone keeps talking about how it was “unanticipated” that Trump would win. That because his campaign was misogynistic and sexist it would lead to his downfall. But when you followed the media and the voices of the people you could see the dissatisfaction at the bureaucratic level…

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Anger Management.

I often hear clients say, “they made me feel ___” or “I had no choice but to yell back.” This is absurd. We always have choices, but the reality is that we just don’t like our options. How do we not take it personally when someone says, ‘You’re a pain in the ass’? Well what does it mean when we are a ‘pain in the ass?’  Is it literal? Do we cause a physical pain to occur in their rear? No, it means we are being insulted. We aren’t taught how to cope with this stuff in school. Our teacher…

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New Research Proposed on Concussions in Females.

Katherine Snedaker says she has had 20 concussions, the first three decades ago from a car accident when she was 16. But it wasn’t until her son suffered a series of concussions in the sixth grade, around 2008, that she felt compelled to learn all she could about head injuries to help him recover. During her journey of learning, she has become a nationally known advocate for better research, medical care, and support for girls and women with brain injuries, including concussions. She founded her nonprofit advocacy group PINK Concussions in 2013 in response to what she discovered was a…

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Learning to Fail.

Today I arose from a deep slumber (perks of being sick) to the frantic texts of someone I care about, let alone to seeing them cry when I FaceTimed them. It turns out they got a C+ on their one exam, when on their others they received a B and B+ respectively. While a C+ isn’t the greatest mark, it’s not the worst mark either. Upon trying to come up with a way to console them I decided the best way to go about it was to be honest and realistic. I’m not going to coddle someone and tell them life…

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Biological Changes Could Be Underlying Factor For Higher Rates of Psychosis in Immigrants.

 A new study could explain how migrating to another country increases a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia, by altering brain chemistry. Immigrants had higher levels of the brain chemical dopamine than non-immigrants in the study, conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London. Abnormal dopamine levels are linked to symptoms of schizophrenia. Dopamine is also connected to the body’s stress response. The study was published in the January issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin. “Schizophrenia is still a rare diagnosis,” says Dr. Romina Mizrahi, a senior author and Clinician…

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Spotting Addiction.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Ohio State University football player whose NFL career fell apart because of a painkiller addiction says he wants to become a college coach and help others avoid similar pitfalls now that he’s clean and has a degree. Shane Olivea told The Columbus Dispatch he was high every day following his rookie year with the San Diego Chargers. “At my height on Vicodin, I would take 125 a day,” said Olivea, who was briefly a Giant in 2008. “It got to the point I would take a pile of 15 Vicodin and would have to take them with…

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