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A Burden Shared Is A Burden Halved

Author: Kelly S. Thompson and Jane Kelly Originally published in Watershed Magazine: A Burden Shared Is A Burden Halved Maurice Rollins’ willingness to talk openly about mental illness and to share his own experiences, gives us hope and a better understanding of the stigma, the treatments and acceptance of an illness that knows no boundaries…. Continue reading

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Reaching Out

Author: Kelly S. Thompson Originally published in Watershed Magazine: Reaching Out Increasingly, today’s children and youth are struggling to manage stress, anxiety, and emotions – complex issues that require complicated solutions. Are health care professionals and programs across Quinte, Prince Edward and Northumberland equipped to handle the rise in mental illness that is affecting the… Continue reading


Mental Illness and Addiction: The Importance of Dual Treatment

For many addiction sufferers, mental illness is a daily reality that impacts their journey towards recovery. The use of substances in one’s life to cope with moodiness, anxiousness, sleepiness, social anxiety (to name a few reasons) can also lead to the risk of dependency on substances. It is a classic short-term versus long-term decision making… Continue reading

SAFE Homestudy Evaluation Service Now Offered To Public By SWA

Providing safe and protective environments for vulnerable children and youth is at the heart of what we do. A key part of the process to ensure quality care is the “Structured Assessment Family Evaluation” (SAFE). We have been using a SAFE Homestudy to evaluate parent-therapists at our Quinte Children’s Homes (QCH) for almost 20 years, and now… Continue reading

Sleep When You’re Dead? The Importance of Sleep

What do we know about the importance of sleep? “There will be plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead,” said Benjamin Franklin, inventor and one of America’s founding fathers. Of course, if you follow that logic too closely, you might die sooner. European researchers have found that people who sleep six hours or less… Continue reading

Five Tips For Mental Well-Being In 2013

For some, the slower pace during the holidays is a chance to recover from stress, fatigue and physical exhaustion. For others, it’s a time to relax with family and friends, and to find personal time that can be hard to fit in at other times of the year. But what can you do when the… Continue reading

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Mental Health Events: Our List Of National Events for 2013

Every year, mental health events are organized by  groups across Canada. These events and campaigns highlight specific issues to raise awareness among the general public. While many mental health events and activities take place locally, they’re often connected to larger movements that happen around the country—or events around the world. Organized by general category, following… Continue reading


Postpartum Depression: What It Is, What To Do About It

Bringing a new baby into the world is a time of significant adjustment, generally with an underlying feeling of happiness and hope. For many women this change, in addition to wildly fluctuating hormones, can bring on a case of the “baby blues”. A smaller number of new moms, and sometimes new dads, struggle with a… Continue reading


Tracking Happiness: Mental Health Apps For Your Smartphone

Can a smartphone bring you happiness? Not really. However, a growing selection of apps is making it easier to improve your mental health with a little help from your cell phone. While happiness isn’t synonymous with good mental health, there’s no question that good cheer trumps feeling depressed, overwhelmed or stressed out. Good mental health,… Continue reading