5 ways disconnecting improves your mental health

A millennial needs their smartphone the same way a hat needs a head. A whopping 86% of Americans aged 18-29 own a smartphone while over 68% of the general populace also do according to the PEW Research Center. Head down, ear phones on…

What is Major Depression?

Depression. One of the most widespread mental illnesses today. But unbeknownst to most, there are various types of depression. Major depression, also known as unipolar depression or major depressive disorder (MDD), is a “persistent feeling of sadness or lack of interest…

Five of the best silent retreats around the world to help you find your inner zen

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Baba Ram Dass How long do you think you could go without talking? One day, maybe two? How about a week or even a month? How long you could be silent…

Naked and asleep: why sleeping nude is best

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Let it hang between the sheets. In fact, why cover at all? A recent study shows that uninhibited (that’s one way of putting it) sleepers enjoy more perks of life. In fact, they’re also wealthier than pyjama-wearing snobs.…

5 unconventional ways to reduce daily stress

BY: QUENTIN STUCKEY Between the tax forms you haven’t filled out yet, the family reunion coming up on the weekend or even finding a decent parking spot at work, daily stresses can certainly add up pretty quickly. And before you know…

How food affects your mental health

It’s been said our digestive system is our “second brain”. It is the largest part of our neurological system so naturally, what goes in it has an effect on our brains. After all, our diet changes depending on our mood…

Facebook boosts its suicide prevention tools in an effort to save lives

BY: PHILIPPE DE JOCAS   In an age where we can jet around the world in the space of a day and meet with anyone at any time through the power of the internet, it seems hard to believe that…

The SPARCC initiative plans to reverse urban inequality

BY: ELIJAH BASSETT The mainstream discussion surrounding health care tends to centre around the very obvious related issues: emergency room wait times, access to health insurance, wait lists for life-saving procedures, and so on.  There’s no doubt that these are…

9 activities to help improve your mental health

Like our bodies, our minds also need to be exercised to keep it active and healthy. Real life dictates we engage in plenty of activities that may not be the best for us mentally or we neglect the ones that will…

5 signs that you might be depressed

Depression affects at least 350 million people worldwide according to various reports including the World Health Organization (WHO). There could be much more due to many unreported cases and a lack of awareness is partly to blame for this. There’s a fine line…

Smartphone addiction and self-help apps rewire the brain

BY: JARED BEAUBIEN-TAYLOR  I have a Facebook friend whose life always seems perfect. They have a great job, live in a nice condo, and are always doing new and exciting things. They’re always posting happy comments about how blessed they…

Virtual reality treatments for physical and mental health could change the face of healthcare

BY: ELIJAH BASSETT Virtual reality technology has taken some huge steps forward in the last few years, with no signs of slowing down.  And although a lot of the discussion around VR tends to focus on its applications for entertainment,…

Male birth control shot: what men really think

BY: CHARLOTTE LEFAVE Birth control: a necessary evil for everyone hoping to avoid driving a gaggle of their genetic copies to soccer practice for the next 18 years. Up to this point in history, men have really only had two…

Negative effects of social media: use is related to social isolation

BY: DUSTIN BATTY Social media provides many benefits to its users. It allows us to keep in touch with friends from high school that we would have lost contact with. It lets us communicate with people on the other side…

Mental health stigma: stop romanticizing harmful conditions for art

BY: QUENTIN STUCKEY Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and essentially all forms of social media are loaded with content. Content that is so diverse and unique, one can find different perspectives on any subject area. In today’s world, mental and psychological…

Stuck in a rut? 6 tips to help you get out

BY: JILL PHILLIPS  There comes a time in the life of nearly every human being when you start to wonder where (or even if) your life is going. You’re stuck in a rut and things seem meaningless – just the…

Antidepressants may not be the answer. Here is why.

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Mental illness is one of the most underrated diseases. Let me explain. We might be more aware of its intricacies, sensitivities, and widespread prevalence. National and global campaigns may incite greater acceptance towards those with mental illness,…

Why I rarely want to talk about mental health because of my gender

BY: QUENTIN STUCKEY It’s remarkable how much mental health is becoming more open and less stigmatized. The popular tweet across the globe that surfaces on the International Bell Let’s Talk Day is typically: “It’s okay not to be okay.” Truer…

Constantly searching for love and trying to find your soulmate is actually bad news

BY: CHARLOTTE LEFAVE The idea of True Love is infused into everything girls are exposed to growing up. It’s a fantasy we’re born into. As soon as you hit puberty, love becomes a realistic goal you should be striving for,…

Scientists have found the best thing that you can do on the weekends to sleep better

BY: SAMANTHA TAPP With the world available at your fingertips in the form of a smartphone, or the ability to binge watch any show at all hours of the night, or with the never-ending nagging list of stresses running through…