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Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health

COVID-19 has shaken our world like a child’s snow globe. And it’s hard to find our true north when we’ve been pushed outside our comfort zone while a blizzard rages with no end in sight.

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COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on employment in Canada and abroad. To date, nearly six million people in this country have applied for government emergency benefits to offset their financial burden. That’s almost equivalent to the entire population in the Greater Toronto Area.

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If there’s any job that relies on the power of interpersonal connection, it’s being a member of Parliament.

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Louise Bradley: Leaning into uncertainty

In these last few years, this is my hardest-won piece of wisdom: vulnerability is our greatest strength. 

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Coming together through physical distancing

Almost overnight, physical distancing has become part of the Canadian lexicon. By now, we all know we must distance ourselves from others to slow the spread of COVID-19. But physical separation does not have to diminish social connection. If we’re more mindful in our thoughts and actions, the public health measures keeping us apart have the power to bring us closer together.

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Caring in a crisis

Tuesday, April 7th marks National Caregiver Day, created to recognize the millions of people in Canada who provide unpaid care to loved ones living with disabilities, illnesses, and other special needs. This year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the day takes on added significance as these carers face unprecedented challenges.

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Talking about suicide saves lives

For the last 30 years, l’Association québecoise de prevention du suicide has devoted the first week in February to fostering conversations on suicide prevention.

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Facing the front lines together

In March, we celebrate Social Work Month and acknowledge the contributions of social workers. Whether they’re connecting someone who has lived experience of substance use to supportive housing, helping a survivor of gender-based violence find accessible childcare options, or working on mental health policies for post-secondary students, no two days are alike.

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When Dr. Patricia Lingley Pottie was about to graduate high school on Nova Scotia’s south shore in the early eighties, she was given the results of a new computerized aptitude test — which she calls a “very primitive precursor to today’s artificial intelligence, albeit a pioneer in its day.”

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Mental Health Commission of Canada mourns a bright light

Aimee LeBlanc loved winter. She spent her honeymoon in the Yukon in late summer, freezing in the back of a pickup with a hardtop camper. Aimee and her husband Dan were a devoted couple who made the most of life’s adventures, big and small.

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Out with resolutions, in with meaningful change

In a recent interview with psychologist and past president of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Dr. Keith Dobson, the MHCC asked why our New Year’s resolutions almost always fail and how to incorporate meaningful change in our lives.

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On the heels of another successful Bell Let’s Talk Day, it’s important to keep the conversation going. On January 29th, texts and tweets raised a staggering $7,719,371.25 million to support mental health, reinforcing what the Mental Health Commission of Canada has long known to be true: mental health matters to people in Canada.

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The beginning of a new year is synonymous with change. But as our resolutions abound, the pressures of ambitious goals and new routines can take precedence over our mental health.

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Prevention, innovation, and collaboration

MHCC president and CEO Louise Bradley anticipates greater impact and collaboration in the year ahead

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A place free from judgement

Everyone had heard that the KAIROS Blanket Exercise could be emotionally difficult.

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Sharing your story: How to do it safely

Giving voice to your experience is important — but so is protecting your mental wellness

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Thoughts on Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Catalyst Magazine Share This Catalyst Related Articles The Working Mind First Responders offers police a new kind of protection. Read more MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley reflects on the...

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Special Edition: MHCC president and CEO recognized with national honour

“The last thing I was anticipating was to hear that I had been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. I asked the caller if I could take down her name and number so I’d have proof this really happened!”

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