Entries by Maddie Stigma-Free

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 […]

My Story by Ananya

Hi, I am Ananya (she/they), an international student studying Psychology at Vancouver Island University from Odisha, India. I am also a mental health advocate and work in the field of health care. My experience with mental health challenges started when I was around five years old; I started to notice that I was different from […]

Navigating the Holidays, a Pandemic, and your Mental Health

The holidays aren’t just full of cozy family gatherings and crisp winter walks followed by hot chocolate. The disruption to routine, the increase in social obligations and financial and familial pressure can take its toll, particularly for those with mental health struggles. Given the added challenges of navigating the pandemic, the holidays can seem even […]

Interview with Amy Frank, Artist

Since 2011, artist and mental health advocate Amy Frank has been touching lives through her creative work, public speaking, and award-winning website. Today, she shares with us about her wellness journey, artistic expression, and hopeful message. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your experiences with artistic expression and mental health advocacy. I have […]

Riding the Bipolar Roller Coaster

As that famous Silver Screen philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” And so the story goes for those of us ‘Touched with Fire’—to salute my fellow bipolarities, movie-maker Paul Dalio and writer/activist Kay Redfield Jamison.  For bipolar—the modern term for manic-depression—is […]

Positive Effect Pets Have on Mental Health

“A dog is a man’s best friend.” But research has come to teach us that pretty much any pet can be your best friend. The bond between humans and animals dates back several centuries. Over time the relationship between humans and animals has evolved from one based on usefulness to one based on care and […]

RSVP Today to the Stigma-Free Society’s 2021 Annual General Meeting

Hello Stigma-Free Friends, On behalf of Dave Richardson, SFS Chairman, Stigma-Free Society Board of Directors and Andrea Paquette, President of the Stigma-Free Society, you are invited to our Charity’s Virtual Annual General Meeting 2021 that is taking place on the following date: November 24th from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST.  RSVP Today by filling out […]

Wondering When is the Right Time to Seek Help from a Child Counsellor?

Stress and anxiety rates have skyrocketed in the last 18 months due to the pandemic. According to a CBC report, the main concern among educators is not the long gap or loss in academic performance but 90% of the teachers are concerned about the mental health of their students and peers. Anxiety levels in youth […]

Vai Patri – Stigma-Free Champion Feature

Back in December 2020, Andrea Paquette, President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society, held a live event interview with Vai Patri, singer, songwriter, and advocate for HSV and Borderline Personality Disorder. Today, Vai shares with us some more about her experiences and core messages as an artist and advocate. Who are you? Tell us a […]