Mastering Your Mental Mindset

Based on the presentation of Tara Rose, Helix Healthcare Group 

Recently, Harvard University unveiled an MRI study proving that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in 8 short weeks. This is fantastic news for those who meditate, but what if you haven’t yet mastered the art of ‘Om’? The Helix team, including Jesse, Philip and Donald, recently got together to create a Waking Meditation for Confidence, which bridges together hypnotherapy with sound therapy. It is designed to relax your body, boost your brain power and empower you to create lasting change. Best of all, you can do it right from your desk.

Mastering Your Mental Mindset | LinkedIn.

Online haven gives HOPE to YOUTH struggling with mental illness

Based on Epoch Times Article

When considering how to improve mental health services for students, policy makers must be cognizant of the specific behaviours and habits of teens and young adults, says Aubé. In her case, she avoided talking to the school counsellor because she felt an adult couldn’t relate and wouldn’t be able to offer useful guidance. Fear of stigma amongst her peers and being labelled as “crazy” was also a block to seeking help.

Costly medications and therapy sessions aren’t always an option for young adults, many of whom work minimum wage jobs or are living on their own for the first time, she adds. This treatment gap has brought many youth who have already been diagnosed with a mental illness to her website, often as a last resort when they couldn’t find effective support elsewhere.

“I find that the traditional way [of getting help] is really intimidating for teens, and because there’s not the relatable aspect, that’s what teens are craving,” says Aubé. “We want to feel like we’re in this together.”

There is a new online support group launched by Emily Aubé, a university student and mental health activist who hails from Barrie, Ontario.anxietyfreecommunity pic

Online Haven Gives Hope to Youth Struggling With Mental Illness: 

High-dose opioid painkillers still prescribed at high rates in Canada

Health – CBC News

Many Canadians are prescribed high-dose painkillers such as OxyContin and morphine, among the most dangerous pills, say researchers, who found differences between dispensing between provinces.

Investigators at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto reviewed retail pharmacy dispensing rates for opioids between 2006 and 2011.

High-dose opioid painkillers still prescribed at high rates in Canada – Health – CBC News.

Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in infancy, study finds

The Globe and Mail

A new U.S. study has found that infants treated for symptoms of autism spectrum disorder showed no symptoms or signs of developmental delay by they time they reached age 3.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California Davis MIND Institute, reinforces the importance of early detection and intervention, and highlights the role parents can take in their child’s treatment.

Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in infancy, study finds – The Globe and Mail.

8 Steps to Like Yourself (More)

| World of Psychology

Notice the word “like.” I’m not going to be so bold as to introduce eight steps that will have you love yourself. Baby steps, right?

For some, self-love is a no-brainer. They grew up in homes where LOVE was the predominant four-letter word. Some possess too much, and like Vanity Smurf, are most comfortable with a mirror in hand. These are the loud talkers, who think that everyone 20 feet behind and ahead of them should hear what’s on their mind.

8 Steps to Like Yourself (More) | World of Psychology.

The Things I Wish You Knew About My Mental Illness… 

| Elizabeth Hawksworth, on The Blog, Huffpost Living, Canada

The first thing I wish you knew is that I don’t choose to be like this. Whether it’s my brain chemicals that are different than yours, or a situation I’ve experienced (and for me it has been both), I don’t make a choice to have mental illness any more than a cancer sufferer chooses to have cancer. My symptoms are simply different, and they are ruled by my brain, which makes it seem like I can control them. I wish you knew what a struggle it was sometimes to act normal, to keep smiling, to pretend that I’m just like everyone else. In reality, every nerve ending is buzzing, my legs are almost imperceptibly shaking, and my heart is beating a million miles a minute while I try to control the compulsions and obsessions in my brain. In reality, I would like to be safely in bed, away from the scary things in the world, in the cocoon of my apartment, ignoring everyone.

The Things I Wish You Knew About My Mental Illness | Elizabeth Hawksworth.

Creative Therapies and Intellectual Disability

| AIPC Article Library

Sand tray therapy: How the therapy works

In the first half of the last century, British paediatrician and child psychiatrist Margaret Lowenfeld utilised sand and water in combination with small toys to help children express “the inexpressible” after reading H.G. Wells’ observation that his two sons would work out family problems playing on the floor with miniature figures (Zhou, 2009). Lowenfeld added miniatures to the shelves of her therapy rooms, and the first child who came to use them took the figurines over to the sandbox, playing with them there. Thus, it was a child who “invented” what Lowenfeld came to call “The World Technique” (Zhou, 2009). In the 1950s, Jungian analyst Dora Kalff (Zhou, 2009) extended the use of the sand tray to adults, realising that the technique allowed not only the expression of fears and anger in children, but also processes of transcendence and individuation (in adults) which she had been studying with Jung. She called it “sandplay” (Zhou, 2009)

.AIPC Article Library | Creative Therapies and Intellectual Disability.

Why You Should Talk To Strangers …

— PsyBlog

There’s the one about the guy who treats a polite hello as permission to spew out his whole life-story or the woman who looks personally offended and turns her back. Especially when commuting with others on public transport, it often seems to safer to stay in your bubble of solitude.

Are we right to be quite so wary, though?

 According to a new study by shunning the company of strangers we could be missing out on a vital little lift to our day (Epley & Schroeder, 2014).Why You Should Talk To Strangers — PsyBlog.