Entries by Stigma-Free

How to Improve Your Mental Health Through Journaling

Are you looking for a new activity to implement in your self-care routine? Journaling is an easy and effective way to boost your mental health and overall wellness. Many people keep a journal simply to record their memories, but it can also be used to improve your mood and develop a more positive mindset over […]

Coping With Loneliness and Social Isolation

If you are feeling lonely right now, you might be relieved to find out how many people are going through the same thing. There’s a social stigma around loneliness that sometimes prevents people from talking about their experience openly, which can make them feel even more isolated. But the reality is, loneliness has become a […]

Oya’s Story as a Woman With ADHD

In light of ADHD Awareness Month, Stigma-Free Society recently had a conversation with Oya, a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Oya is a Teaching Assistant, researcher, and graduate student. Read about her experience below! How has living with ADHD affected different areas of your life, such as your career or […]

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

When you hear the words “obsessive compulsive disorder,” what comes to mind? Like other mental health disorders, there are stereotypes about OCD that lead to misunderstanding and perpetuate stigma. For example, many people falsely believe that if someone is diagnosed with OCD, it simply means they are exceptionally tidy and organized. In reality, people with […]

Disability Inclusion on Campus Going Forward

There was a time in the U.S. when only young men acquired college educations. Throughout the 19th century, it was highly unusual to see female students on most U.S. college campuses. Young women continued to be the minority on campuses well into the first half of the 20th century. Then, the proportion shifted, and women […]

Teens Develop Mental Health App for Their Peers

With school closures, online learning, and navigating an uncertain future, teenagers in the midst of discovering who they are in the world have been particularly affected by the pandemic. The struggles of their peer group inspired Astha and Sanjana, two grade 12 students at Semiahmoo Secondary School. They have developed, implemented and are promoting a […]

Moving Your Mind – Exercise and Mental Health

We often think about exercise as a way to keep ourselves physically healthy, and current Canadian guidelines recommend that we get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. It’s a lesser-known fact that exercise is also important for our mental health. Research has demonstrated that exercise can be a means to improve symptoms […]