The pandemic has caused a tsunami of mental health impacts, including a huge increase in depression. Whether or not it is clinical depression, it doesn’t feel good. Depression is a multi-faceted condition which impacts the body, mind, soul and spirit. Which requires a holistic approach to feel better. Here are some keys for dealing with…

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COVID-19 Coping Tips

April 16, 2020

If you are literally anywhere in the world right now you are probably aware of the COVID-19 pandemic. In speaking with clients, we are seeing an increase in stress, anxiety, suicidal ideology (thinking) and depression. The reasons include: the amount of uncertainty, the health implications/fears of the COVID-19 virus, the economic fallout from businesses being…

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Defeat Depression!

May 15, 2019

On June 1st, Fresh Hope Counsellors and staff will be participating in the 3rd Defeat Depression Walk in Edmonton. I am actually getting quite excited about this campaign. Not just because I will be getting some exercise with friends, because there is more and more movement to rid the stigma regarding mental health issues like…

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This is a very important question to determine when it comes to depression. Situational depression is something that most of us face at some point in our lives. It is a short-term form of depression that follows a traumatic disruption to life or a series of losses. Often a situational depression has layers to it…

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The concept of recovery from an eating disorder is vast and at times, controversial. It ranges from the idea of learning to manage the eating disorder, all the way to ‘complete recovery.’ Learning to manage an eating disorder sounds a bit like trying to nail jello to the wall. How exactly does one learn to…

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Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness

January 7, 2016

Overall in society, the stigma of mental illness is lessening yet many employers and employees are still in the dark. In a recent article in the “Corporate Health, Wellness and Rejuvenation” section of Business in Edmonton, this alarming statistic leapt off the page “More than 4,000 Canadians commit suicide and more than 500,000 miss work…

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Are you Facing a Blue Christmas?

The sound of the jingling bells when you walk into the grocery store. The holiday music playing on the radio. There is certainly a lot of festive reminders that we are heading into the holiday season. Christmas. Boxing Day. New Years. They aren’t necessarily happy days for everyone. Holidays have a way of being poignant…

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What’s with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? Why do it?

Cognitive behavioural therapy, CBT, is one of the most frequently recommended therapies in the counselling realm. CBT is often suggested for recovering from motor vehicle accidents, dealing with depression, managing chronic pain and many other mental health issues, including eating disorders. Research shows that CBT is actually one of the most effective treatments for anxiety….

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