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7 Things Nurses Deal with that Make Others Freak Out.

By: Lee Nelson Being a nurse involves seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and dealing with some of life’s not-so-pleasant things. Nurses face it all from the grossest to the most stunning situations that would make the normal person squirm or run. They build up an immunity to it, but it’s still something that can make them very […]

The Little Things.

“Yesterday I overheard a nursing student snark, “yeah, this is why I’m in nursing school – so I can pass trays.” And if I hadn’t been up to my eyeballs in other things to do for my patients, I would have stopped and said: You’ve already missed the point entirely. I’m not sure why you […]

‘I want to talk!’ Waterloo students demonstrate for better mental health support

Months of waiting for counselling and the culture of high productivity has University of Waterloo students demonstrating at arts quad Thursday morning. “I want to talk!” One student chanted. “We want to listen!” The crowd answered. WaterlooWalkout for Mental Health was organized after a 22-year-old student in his fourth year of study died by suicide on […]

Players from NHL, junior leagues seeking brain scans without team involvement.

More than 200 current and retired National Hockey League players have taken concerns about existing or potential brain injuries into their own hands by visiting a neurosurgeon in Kingston, Ont., for MRI brain scan procedures. Dr. Douglas James Cook says at least 120 former and some 80 active NHL players have undergone the scans over the past […]

Explanations.

“I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.”- Sarah Quin

A New Shift.

It’s been an incredibly busy term, so I haven’t had much time to keep up with my blog or really not think about anything outside of school. Since i’ve come back from my trip in the UK i’ve felt like I had to hit the ground running trying to keep up with all my work. […]

Grieving mother launches drive to reform emergency psychiatric units.

By late November, Ottawa wedding photographer Ryan Parent was in crisis. He was struggling under the weight of depression and anxiety, a burden made worse by his fear of returning to hospital. Parent, 37, had gone to The Ottawa Hospital in June because a friend was alarmed by his manic behaviour and by his online […]

Antidepressant drugs do work, review on almost 120,000 patients concludes.

A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether anti-depressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in relieving acute depression in adults. The international study — a meta-analysis pooling results of 522 trials covering 21 commonly-used antidepressants and almost 120,000 patients — uncovered a range of outcomes, with some drugs proving […]

Talking about mental health in Asian communities.

Happy to have been able to work with such a strong organization in blogging about my experience with being diagnosed with depression. I became acquainted with Mind while living in the UK to pursue my Master’s and finally had a chance to figure out a way I could help contribute to their cause in ensuring  […]