FNHA Wellness Champion

Ḡunʼdux̄ Megan Metz (Haisla Nation) is a champion for youth mental health and wellness. The 21-year-old from Kitamaat Village draws on Haisla teachings as well as mainstream learnings to take on a variety of responsibilities in her community, the province, and the country.

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Good Medicine: Wellness Champion Megan Metz draws on Haisla culture to support youth mental health and wellness

​ Ḡ unʼdu x ̄ Megan Metz (Haisla Nation) is a champion for youth mental health and wellness. The 21-year-old from Kitamaat Village draws on Haisla teachings as well as mainstream learnings to take on a variety of responsibilities in her community, the province, and the country.

TEDTalk: Fighting Stigma

When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn’t take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.”

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Meeting Maternal Mental Health Needs During COVID-19

“Some women are pursuing rushed alternative birth plans, including home delivery, because they fear COVID-19 infection and the associated psychological conditions on maternity wards. This places many women at higher risk of obstetric complications already known to be associated with home births3 and additional risks if the 911 response is delayed and emergency departments overwhelmed. Women should be discouraged from making anxiety-driven changes to their obstetric care team and delivery setting based solely on pandemic-related fears.”

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Meeting Maternal Mental Health Needs During COVID-19

CMHA Mental Health Meter

The CMHA “Mental Health Meter” is a great tool to begin understanding the characteristics that make up good mental health. Some areas this self-test covers are: ability to enjoy life, resilience, balance, self-actualization and flexibility.

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Mental Health Meter – CMHA National

Characteristics of Mental Health Understanding the characteristics that make up good mental health will help you determine how mentally fit you are. Here are some real-life examples: Ability to enjoy life You’ve just become engaged. You join your friends and family in celebrating the future you are planning with your partner.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

“In the past, many mental health professionals found it difficult to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), so they came to the conclusion that there was little to be done. But we now know that BPD is treatable. In fact, the long-term prognosis for BPD is better than those for depression and bipolar disorder. However, it requires a specialized approach.”

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

If you have borderline personality disorder (BPD), you probably feel like you’re on a rollercoaster-and not just because of your unstable emotions or relationships, but also the wavering sense of who you are. Your self-image, goals, and even your likes and dislikes may change frequently in ways that feel confusing and unclear.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

“When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems.”
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis.

Navigating Schizophrenia in College

College can be a stressful time, especially for those battling with schizophrenia. Read this article outlining an individual’s personal journey through college with Schizophrenia. “I am certainly not the only college student to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorder. However, it is my hope that my story can be of use to not only those in college with these disorders but to anyone who wishes to learn more about these disorders and the lives they have affected.”
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Navigating Schizophrenia in College

Herein, I wish to accomplish 2 primary objectives: (1) to detail my own personal battle with and continued recovery from schizophrenia and (2) to provide an analysis of how college students who are diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorder can recover from their initial psychotic break and not only return to college but succeed in college as well.

Doors Open at Royal Columbian’s Mental Health, Substance-Use Centre

Doors Open at Royal Columbian’s Mental Health, Substance-Use Centre

The Royal Columbian Hospital has opened the doors to its mental health, substance-use centre. “The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre is a wonderful healing space with 75 beds and several new and expanded outpatient clinics to support people on their healing journey” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

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Doors open at Royal Columbians mental health substance-use centre

“For too long, children, youth and adults living with mental health and substance use challenges have struggled to get quick access to the supports they need and deserve,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

Schizophrenia Symptoms and Coping Tips

The HelpGuide discusses common misconceptions about schizophrenia as well as tips for coping. “While schizophrenia is a chronic disorder, many fears about the disorder are not based in reality. Most people with schizophrenia get better over time, not worse. Treatment options are improving all the time and there are plenty of things you can do to manage the disorder.”

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Schizophrenia Symptoms and Coping Tips

Schizophrenia is a challenging brain disorder that often makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and unreal, to think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and function normally. It affects the way a person behaves, thinks, and sees the world. The most common form is paranoid schizophrenia, or schizophrenia with paranoia, as it’s often called.