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 …

Living Your Dream Life

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Since ancient times, many wars have been fought battling the ‘good’ armies versus the ‘bad’ armies. But what does this mean to us in our modern day lives? Perhaps we can extend this ancient good versus evil concept towards developing ourselves. In today’s world, each of us has personal battles between the good and evil forces within us. Evil aspects …

What does being a ‘Canadian’ mean to you?

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When I was growing up as a young girl, I wanted to desperately ‘fit in’ with the rest of my classmates.  During our primary school days, my sister and I were the only children who looked racially ‘different’ from the rest of the students in our elementary school.  We had ‘brown skin’ and many of the children were unwelcoming to …

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 …

Immigrant Parenting

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Every immigrant parent who has moved to a new country has come here with hopes, expectations and intentions of creating a better life.  There are dreams and long-term plans to start a journey that will be ‘successful’ and comfortable not only for themselves and their children, but also for their future generations. However, with the challenges of starting a new …

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 …