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Lifeline Australia

Australia’s Black Dog Institute blends research and community spirit. A conversation on outreach, balance, and the art of “business in the front, party in the back.”

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After the murder of George Floyd, and further acts of anti-Black racism and discrimination, many African, Caribbean, and Black people came forward...

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Figure-eighting through pain into possibility

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May your days be merry and bright as possible

Living with a mood disorder means deliberately seeking out small sparks of joy. On moving through cycles of moping, coping, and hoping during the holiday season.

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Sugar and Spice — and Trying to Be Nice

Over the holidays my inner voice proves to be the most critical as I straddle the pull of a commercial Christmas and the deep-seated draw of Kwanzaa. On tackling the minefield of tackiness, tinsel, and trappings of the season.

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The Day I Decided to Leave

Fleeing from intimate partner violence takes a network of supports

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Making a Point

A children’s book on depression is a tough sell, but it’s an important topic. On authoring and self-publishing The Semicolon.

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Huddle ‘Round

It’s time to talk about mental health in football

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A broader term captures the rich diversity within communities. Why we use ‘ACB’ over ‘Black’

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Turn a Great Idea into Action

Are you having a lightbulb moment? The SPARK Knowledge Translation Program charts a path for those with an idea to improve research and practice around mental health, substance use, or addiction

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How’s the weather?

With stigmatizing language, things can get pretty cloudy

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Belgian singer Stromae — whose hits meld weighty themes with clubby beats — touches on the complexities of mental health on his recent album, Multitude. Ahead of his North American tour, CBC Music host Florence K looks at its lyrics and layers.

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Is there a right way to grieve—and for how long? Bereavement in the age of COVID is getting a re-think.

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Proactive Prevention

Activating an entire school community (parents, peers, education workers) can reduce the nefarious long-term impacts of bullying — a look at promising models to create kinder environments for kids

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Circles of Support

First Nations First Aiders support individuals and strengthen communities

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Power to the People

Using person-first language to make an important distinction

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Reading, Writing, Resilience

Educators play many roles and are increasingly called on to support youth mental health. Organizations are responding by equipping teachers with Mental Health First Aid training and tools.

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Three Easy Digits We’ll All Soon Know

A national suicide prevention number – to launch in November 2023 – will bring 24-7 support to everyone.

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