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Let’s help our stressed out students

We all feel stressed or overwhelmed at times; we may be worrying about paying bills, succeeding at work or raising our kids well. But, many adults have someone they trust to talk to about things that might be causing them stress. We might meet a friend for coffee and talk things through; maybe we visit with a doctor or counsellor on a regular basis. Unfortunately, a recent study shows that many youth are not only feeling stressed out, but also don’t feel they have an adult they can confide in.

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Teamwork in the Family

We all have a notion of teamwork and what it means. Maybe you play on a sports team and your coach encourages you to pass the ball, give others a turn and root for one another. Maybe you practice it in the work place by sharing responsibilities and off…

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Overcome Teenage Anxiety

We all deal with some level of stress on a daily basis. Whether we need to finish a presentation for an upcoming meeting, meet a deadline or try to lose those (at least) 10 pounds, there’s usually something that keeps our nerves from settling. But for the teenagers in our communities the sources of stress and anxiety are coming at them from every angle.

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Extracurricular activities are more than fun and games!

For many students, the school day is not complete without an after-school soccer practice, band rehearsal or meeting of the debating club. Unfortunately, with Bill 115 still looming, many students don’t have these things to look forward to.

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Coping with Stress During the Holidays

Visiting with family and friends, giving gifts and indulging in treats – these are some of the things that many of us look forward to when the Holiday season comes around. And while reconnecting with friends and loved ones can be relaxing and fun, fo…

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Can too much talk be a bad thing?

Talking about mental health on an on-going basis is very important; it helps to remove stigma and can offer support for those who need it. But, with coverage about the issues of suicide and mental health in the media nearly on a daily basis, there is g…

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Changes: The Justice System and Youth Mental Health

Proposed changes to Section 16 of the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) have focussed attention on the relationship between mental health and the justice system.
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Autism Awareness: Police Training and Autism Registries

Earlier this week the Toronto Star reported that the Toronto Police Services will introduce mandatory training that will provide police with the tools and support they need to handle situations involving people with autism.
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A new casino in Toronto

Word on the street is that there’s serious consideration for building a casino in Toronto – and I’m assuming, in true Toronto fashion, this will be the biggest and the best.
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Autism Awareness Month: Character worth talking about

I’ve been intrigued by Max Braverman for quite some time.
Like many school-aged boys, one week he’s getting along just fine at school and at home. The next week he might be running off without his parents or dealing with a childhood bully or teasi…

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Mental Illness Awareness Week with #Kinark

As many of you may already know, yesterday, Sunday, September 30th was the launch of the 10th annual Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). MIAW is a national public education campaign designed to raise Canadians’ awareness of mental illness and help …

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PTSD and the military family

Plenty has been written and said about the mental well being of our military men and women who return home after countless hours serving their country in a warzone.
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Start talking – It’s a major step in suicide prevention

Today marks the 10th anniversary of World Suicide Prevention day and people all over the world are coming up with ways to talk about suicide, raise awareness and remove stigma. It’s a subject that a lot of us experience on a daily basis in the news, …

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Back to School

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Spanking: Not the only thing affecting our child’s mental health

Whether or not to spank your child as a means of punishment has been a cause for argument in families, amongst peers and even in the media. Everyone has their own opinion on whether or not it is ok, what warrants a spanking and the different levels of …

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The Kinark Foundation Shares Stories

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Syl Apps School Raps to Prevent Bullying

Below is a blog written by Bert O’Hern, the acting principal at the Syl Apps School in Oakville, Ont. The students of Syl Apps School won first prize in the Give Respect, Get Respect School Challenge 2012. Read on to find out more and check out th…

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The Countdown to Summer is On

Lots of sunshine, a couple of sticky days – I’m sure we’ve all noticed our calendars are getting closer to the end of June. And I know elementary and high school students noticed long ago that summer was quickly approaching (or, more precisely, t…

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Children’s Mental Health Week Online

If you follow us on Twitter (@mykinark @PMooreKinark)  or have liked us on Facebook (facebook.com/Kinark) you probably already know that Children’s Mental Health Week started on Saturday, May 6!
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Military Minds

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can strike anybody who has experienced a traumatic event in their life and much like other mental health issues it usually isn’t something people are openly speaking about or admitting to. This is especially t…

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Arrested for a Tempter Tantrum?

What would you think if you saw a small child in the back of a police cruiser?  Perhaps that he or she was being rescued from a bad situation? Maybe involved in a domestic dispute at home? But would you ever think of the child in the back of the c…

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Don’t Wait until There’s a Funeral

It’s a feeling of dread these days opening a newspaper.  It’s not the wars, which have been going on forever it seems.  It’s not the cutbacks provincially and federally (which also seem to have been going on forever).  It’s story…

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‘Bully’ isn’t just a message for children and youth

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Parent Involvement in Bullying

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Police Force and Mental Health

Would you agree that every individual deserves to be treated equally? What about when it comes to law enforcement?
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‘Bully’ controversy

Have you allowed your teen or pre-teen to watch a PG-13 rated film recently? Have you watched one recently? Often these films contain some adult content including swearing, occasional drug use and violence. Maybe you think twice before letting your chi…

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Krista Sepp Memorial Award

It’s that time of the year again!  Even though we appreciate the hard work that Child and Youth Workers (CYWs) and Child and Youth Counsellors (CYCs) do regularly, we can now share that appreciation throughout the province with the 2012 Krista S…

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Mindcheck.ca

I tweeted about this the other day. Hockey superstars Henrik and Daniel Sedin advertised it last weekend at the NHL all-star game. The Vancouver Canucks sponsor it.
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YouTube and Youth Engagement

Whether you’ve been on YouTube or not, I’m sure you’ve heard about what it’s used for. It’s a video sharing website where users can upload, share and view videos from all over the world from all kinds of people on a vast variety of topics. Se…

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Does the shock factor really work?

Sometimes it’s statistics used in a television commercial, or a passionate radio voice saying something that really tugs on your heart strings. It’s the gut-wrenching images on your cigarette pack. These kinds of tactics are often used to shock peo…

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School Involvement

Kids spend the majority of their time at school. Whether it is elementary school, high school or any level of post-secondary, the awareness of, and availability of, mental health support systems is far too hidden.
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@PMooreKinark – Tweeting into 2012

First off I would like to start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year. It’s 2012 and I’m sure there is a lot in store for all of us. But, there is one thing we can count on; the way we communicate online is only going to become more and more popula…

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The Jack Project

Jack Windeler was 18-years-old and completing his first year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. He started to miss classes and stopped handing in assignments. He was spending more time in his dorm room with the door closed and started to withdra…

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Facebook takes the hint

With so many youth turning to Facebook before, after and sometimes even during school, it’s no surprise that social media websites are often the first to find out about a youth’s suicidal thoughts or plans.
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BULLYING

I’ve talked about bullying in a number of my blog posts.  Whether it’s online bullying, a shove in the hallway, or relentless taunting in the classroom, bullying is rampant in our schools. It’s interesting to see that our government is now i…

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“I DON’T RECOGNIZE MYSELF IN THIS CANADA”

Those are the words of Quebec’s Justice Minister, Jean-Marc Fournier, upon hearing that the Conservative Government has no plans to reconsider their Omnibus Crime Bill, Bill C-10.
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Spread Some Holiday Cheer!

Even though there’s no snow on the ground (yet!) where I live, I can feel the excitement of the holiday season starting – kids looking a little brighter-eyed, Christmas lights on a few neighbourhood houses…. 
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Positives and negatives in our online world

The upcoming launch of Kinark’s intranet, an online tool for staff that will allow us to share opinions, stories and information, got me thinking about the positive and negative impact that technology has on all of us.
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Crime Bill C-10 is a MAJOR mistake for Canada

This
article provides some summary background (legal and otherwise) for those who want to understand more deeply why the Crime Bill C-10 is a MAJOR mistake for Canada:
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GOOD OL BOYS?

Yesterday the news broke that a nationally famous U.S. College football coach was fired after forty years of coaching, for refusing to report to the police alleged child sexual abuse perpetrated by his coaching assistant – this was reported to him by…

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Pigheaded

“Pigheaded” – I’m not sure if this phrase is used anymore.  I remember hearing it first from my parents – talking about somebody (I don’t think me!). I believe it means unwilling to listen to anybody about anything once a decision is m…

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Apps to help those with autism

It isn’t ground-breaking news to point out that technology is changing our world. The way we meet people, have conversations, stay in touch and do business has changed since the introduction of computers, the internet, smart phones, tablets and socia…

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Changing the stigma of mental health from the ground up

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Bill C-300 available to view online

The Government of Canada will be developing a suicide prevention plan and you can now view Bill C-300 in its entirety by visiting the Parliament of Canada website.

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Ontario Shores gets the ball rolling on mental health education in schools

Mental health education is finally making an appearance in the school curriculum. I am so thrilled about this.
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Canada finally steps in to help the nation with a National Suicide Prevention Plan

I’m relieved to say that it seems as though the Canadian government is finally ready to do something HUGE when it comes to preventing suicide in our nation.
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The never-ending battle on bullying

As I spoke about last week, a child’s life is meant to be filled with laughter and joy. It should be carefree and fun. A child’s biggest concern should be no more serious than what snack was packed in their lunch box, or whether or not they will be…

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Let’s remove the stigma before suicide hits the headlines again

I’m sure most of you would agree that the headlines splashed across our newspapers over the past couple of weeks have been heartbreaking. Suicide has been a topic of conversation for the past few months, which is both a good thing and a bad thing.
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Nunavut introduces a suicide prevention action plan

The Globe and Mail is currently running a special series confronting an agonizing enigma of teen suicide and this editorial about Nunavut’s suicide prevention action plan interested me.
 
As I’m sure you’ve read before in my blogs, suicide is the …

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Momentum must carry over to campaign trail

It continues to be an interesting time in mental health.
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The heartbreaking effects of stigma

It’s tough to remember a time when the term “suicide” was used more in mainstream media than in the last few weeks.
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Kinark Golf Glassic opens door for families

Well, here we are – autumn has arrived! 
I hope everyone reading this blog had great vacation time with family and friends. I am coming off a vacation of my own and have taken a few weeks away from writing my weekly blog. With Labour Day behind…

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Recommendations announced as Inquest concludes

For the last seven weeks I have written my weekly blog about the Ontario Coroner’s Inquest into the May 13, 2008 death of youth while in the custody of the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville.
The jury returned from deliberations last week and deliver…

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Inquest nearly complete, other steps have just begun

After weeks of evidence and testimony, much of it emotional, the Ontario Coroner’s inquest is nearly finished.
The inquest into the death of a youth who died on May 13, 2008 while in the custody of the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville began on June…

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Focus still on Inquest as conclusion draws closer

Coming off a sun-filled long weekend, it is not hard to notice that summer is speeding by us.
It doesn’t seem that long ago constant complaints about a rain-soaked May were making their way into almost every conversation.
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