Stigma of Counselling and/or Psychotherapy

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I’ve often wondered what our world might look like if there were less ‘hang-ups’ about seeking treatment in the form of psychotherapy or counselling. I imagine that most of us who provide this treatment as well as those who choose to receive treatment aren’t as impacted by those who choose not to seek support or delay their therapy or counselling. …

Parenting 101: Positive Skills To Nurture A “Successful” Child

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So are you going to go to school to be a doctor, an engineer or something of a similar [professional] caliber?  Being born into a South Asian family myself, these questions remain common amongst most the first and second generations of newcomers.  Parents worked hard to immigrate to a country wherein their children are given an opportunity for a better …

What Is Your Parenting Style?

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Parenting can be a hugely stressful yet rewarding experience.  For most parents, the ultimate goal is to raise children who are healthy, happy, well-behaved, well-adjusted and resilient as adults.  However, the means to achieve this goal for kids through ‘good parenting’ has been debated for centuries.  For example, punishment has been a type of discipline used to curb ‘bad’ behaviour …

Mental Health & Addiction Issues for Newcomers

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Mental health and addictions services for Canadian newcomers have huge gaps to help understand and support our communities as they are increasingly becoming more culturally diverse. People who are new to this country and who are experiencing the migration or settlement and re-settlement stages are under a tremendous amount of stress.  During the stages of resettlement: loss, and adaptation, and …

South Asian Mental Health Action & Awareness (SAMHAA)

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Mental Health and Wellness knows no nationality, race, colour, culture, community, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or profession.  In fact, it impacts and is impacted by all areas of one’s social, mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and financial health.  Canadian society has begun to shift its focus entirely from the ‘problems’ and reducing these ‘problems’ to focusing on how we …

Sacred Balance & Happiness

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As the first day of 2011 approaches, this day commemorates the start of another year and a new beginning.  Along with celebrations, this day should also be a time to reflect, mourn the passing of 2010 and to move forward into 2011.  When you think back about this year in solitude and in a peaceful state of mind – what …

Cultural Time Warp

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Newcomers can take several months, years and even generations to successfully accept and integrate into their new identity. Many struggle with the need to live their life according to the rules and values they left behind in their home country, and, as a result, will find themselves living as if they are in a cultural time warp. Change, after all, …

What are you hungry for?

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Food is intrinsically connected to all cultures around the world.  Some say that you are what you eat and others use the experience of food to taste, touch, smell, feel and enjoy life’s experiences.  Across all rituals and traditions however, eating together gives us a chance to connect, re-connect and spend quality time with our family and loved ones. Many …