The 3 Principles Youth Group

By: Sanjana Karthik The 3 Principles of Psychology is a concept taught by Sydney Banks, a Canadian broadcaster and producer. This is a concept that is showcased across the globe; supporting more people in experiencing a richer life. The 3 Principles Youth Group is a free opportunity for youth to have meaningful conversations once a […]

Mindfulness and DBT for Mental Health

Mindfulness and DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) are two related and powerful practices that you can cultivate by following some simple self-care exercises. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness arises from non-judgemental attention to the present moment. It involves tuning in to what is happening right now, both within yourself and in your external environment. Learning to slow […]

Storwell Self Storage Offers a $2,000 Annual Bursary to Help Foster Children Pursue Their Post-Secondary Education

According to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, right now there are approximately 63,000 Canadian children living in permanent care with foster families, extended family, or in group homes. Across the country, 235,000 children and youth have been identified as having experienced or being at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect. These children and youths […]

How To Talk To Your Child About Mental Health

Talking to a child about their mental health may seem like a daunting task, but one of the most critical aspects to managing mental illness is WIDE OPEN COMMUNICATION. The more comfortable you are with talking about emotions, feelings and, if need be, illness, the more solid the foundation of trust you will build with […]

Amanda Sprayberry’s Story

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you use writing and blogging as a way of coping with mental illness? I began writing in my early teenage years. I never felt like I could voice the emotions I was feeling, so writing was the outlet that I know many to understand as […]

Kristiyana’s Mental Health Story: Becoming Your Own Best Friend

Kristiyana Yordanova is 24-years-old and is currently studying psychology and neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. She spoke to us about learning to manage her destructive negative thoughts and how to avoid toxic relationships to find greater self-compassion and self-esteem. Can you please share a bit about yourself and your passion for mental health […]

Stigma-Free Faces Fundraiser Success

With the goal of supporting the growth and development of vital mental health programming, on May 26th, 2022 the Stigma-Free Society hosted the “Stigma-Free Faces Fundraiser.” The event featured inspiring videos and livestream interviews with diverse community members who have lived experience of mental health challenges and are advocating to stomp out stigma and discrimination […]

How to Manage Re-Entry Anxiety

As lockdown measures lift across Canada, concerns about the aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain high. If you are experiencing anxiety about re-entering the workplace and resuming your regular habits, you are not alone! The good news is that there are proactive steps you can take to manage and overcome your worries. Accept Uncertainty You […]

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

The Stigma-Free Society recently had an eye-opening and important conversation with a thirty-year-old woman who lives with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). She wishes to remain anonymous due to the stigma that is unfortunately often associated with personality disorders. For those of us who are unfamiliar with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), can you tell us what […]

Peer Support Training for Rural Residents

In partnership with Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, the Stigma-Free Society is proud to announce our upcoming Peer Support Worker Training sessions, tailored specifically for rural residents in Canada. This two-day virtual course will be held on May 30th and June 6th (8am – 4pm PST, 10am – 6pm CST, 11am – 7pm EST, with […]

Five Tips for Students to Support Their Mental Health

Written by Jill Jaworski Students manage a lot: keeping up with classes, preparing for midterms and exams, making new friends and navigating the transition that happens after high school. The student experience is often stressful, and can feel isolating, as students learn to cope with new expectations and a demanding workload. This is exactly why […]

Pay What You Can Peer Support

Pay What You Can Peer Support was founded by Daniel Cole, who kindly spoke with us about what peer support is and how this unique and easily accessible form of support can be a profound mental health resource. The Stigma-Free Society has recently partnered with Pay What You Can Peer Support to encourage all participants […]

A Tribute to Janet Bisset – An Astounding Stigma-Free Champion

My name is Andrea Paquette, and I am the Co-Founder and President of the Stigma-Free Society. I am writing today to share a personal tribute to Janet (Jan) Bisset who once was my Executive Assistant and Program Coordinator. I met Jan in 2016 through her son Philip who is a good friend and colleague of mine, […]

Fusing “The Best of the East and the West” in Mental Health Care

We tend to think that our understanding of mental health is only way to understand the mind, but learning about various cultural perspectives on health and mental wellness can benefit us all. Dr. Arun Garg describes himself as “a global physician with a passion to lower the burden of chronic diseases, based on integrative thinking, […]

Why It’s Important to Address Mental Health in Your Children as Soon as Possible

Children are thought to be happy-go-lucky little people with no care in the world. They don’t have to worry about working, paying bills, or dealing with grown-up challenges. So, how could they have mental health problems? This thought pattern has caused children with mental health struggles to be overlooked. Lack of information on mental health […]

What is Psychosis and How Can We Support People Through This Misunderstood State?

Psychosis isn’t talked about as often as anxiety and depression, and therefore there is a great deal of misunderstanding and fear around the condition. Media representations of people experiencing an episode of psychosis can be extremely negative and stigmatizing, influencing how we talk about and treat people with psychosis. Even the term “psychotic” is often […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]