Almost half of Ontario youth miss school because of anxiety, study suggests.

At five years old, Shannon Nagy told her mother she wanted to die. In Grade 6, she missed almost the entire school year because more often than not, she couldn’t get out of bed. Nagy, now 20, was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and borderline personality disorder and was never able to finish high school. She spent most of her childhood immersed in a mental health care system that she said “did more harm than good.” Her struggle to get help and the impact that struggle had on her education is a trend captured in a new…

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17 Tips to Raising a More Self-Confident Child.

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child. Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they’re scared of failing or disappointing others. This can end up holding them back later in life and prevent them from having a successful career. “The enemies of confidence are discouragement and fear,” he says. So, as a parent, it’s your job to encourage and support your child as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks. Here are 17 more tips for raising a…

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Sick Not Weak.

What an inspiring and fierce campaign that was launched by the SickKids Foundation. It’s empowering in a sense, in that there’s been a shift from sickness being seen as a weakness to battling sickness being seen as fierce.  Wonderful to see both patients and the staff who provide the necessary and often life-saving care presented in such a brave manner. From the traditional heart-string provoking videos using song’s like Fix You by Coldplay to draw more sympathetic emotions from viewers, it’s a bold move in my opinion to set the background music to the rap song “Undeniable” by Donnie Daydream. It’s…

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Are there any moral principles a health care professional should never violate?

On a regular basis, healthcare professionals are confronted with ethical dilemmas in their practice. Hence, ethical problem solving requires the application of a variety of ethical rules and principles in specific situations[1]. Although ethical theories largely differ from one another, certain ethical principles appear consistently in the realm of bioethics. Thereby, respect for individual autonomy has quickly become a dominant principle in modern medical ethics.[2] Autonomy in this essay shall be defined as individuals being independent and competent agents who are capable of making (a) rational and (b) unconstrained decisions. ‘Rational’ shall apply when an agent is able to ‘reason…

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Step Forward.

I came across this story today while on my normal internet grind. The story of 13-year old Daniel Fitzpatrick , a young boy who took his own life because of being bullied. This story makes me sick, another young child helpless to the people who are supposed to be there to support him and protect him from this type of behaviour. The whole “it’s part of growing up” mentality is bullshit. The world is tough, no one said things are meant to always be peaches and roses, but let’s be honest here NO ONE should ever have to live a…

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Disney Influence on Gender Types and Race

Since its establishment in 1920, the Disney Corporation has since become a household name for wholesome family entertainment. Disney is often associated with promoting pure and innocent fantasies, oftentimes through the use of fairytales. As technology’s role in the lives of children increases, it has become evident that accumulated media experiences, including television and film, have increasing and lasting effects on children’s beliefs and values. Therefore, it is critical to understand how Disney’s ideology of gender types and race, through the use of film, consequently shape children’s values and lead to the formation and reinforcement of stereotypes. Increasing research on…

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Making a Difference in the World of Children’s Mental Health.

Love that today The Duchess of Cambridge (or also known as Princess Kate) was highlighted as the guest editor for the UK edition of the Huffington Post. She was enlisted to bring attention to the #YoungLivesMatter edition of the website highlighting the issue of children’s mental health, an often neglected area of health care and education systems around the world. This new initiative seeks to encourage individuals of all walks of life to join in on the conversation surrounding mental health, particularly young individuals in ensuring that they are able to feel loved, secure, valued, and understood. Articles in this…

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#NotAlone

This paragraph from the article below is such a common theme with many young people that have opened up to loved ones: “I remember sitting at the kitchen table speaking with my parents about how I felt really depressed. I was in my early twenties and they clearly just didn’t understand. I know that it’s not that they didn’t care, but their response was something like, “Renee, you have a great life…nothing to be depressed about.” Perhaps they were under the false impression that depression could just be turned on and off or that people used the idea of depression…

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