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How to Help People Struggling With Substance Use and Substance Abuse

All substances that alter the mind carry a lot of risks and short-term and long-term harm. Although many people can use alcohol, prescription medication and cannabis in a way that does not cause a lot of harm, they are addictive. The addiction causes people to use it as a cushion, and then they are hooked …

How Parents Can Help Anxious Children and Teenagers

There are three main ways your child or teenager will manifest anxiety. All three may be seen. However, in some instances, only one or two ways may manifest. Here are some symptoms that show your child is experiencing anxiety: Constant worry Sudden and frequent panic attacks Avoiding social situations and excessive shyness Crying, clinging and …

How to Get Help for Mental Illness

If you are suffering from mental illness, you can get help from: A Family Doctor Family doctors can quickly rule out physical causes for the symptoms you are experiencing. They are trained to do counselling, although often, they may refer cases to psychiatrists or psychologists who are more specialized in mental illnesses. A family doctor …

How I Transitioned from Cutting to Changing My Campus for Good

I began cutting myself when I was in grade five. I continued to cut myself everyday until I went to college. Many days, I would self-harm several times. I felt ugly and completely worthless. Too often, I would find myself with a hammer or something sharp to scratch, cut or bash my hands. I refused …

Mental Illness: Where Can You Find Help?

When we are physically sick, we wait at most a couple of days before consulting a doctor. Most times, we go to the doctor immediately we are worried that something is seriously wrong. We research the symptoms, tell family and friends, and get it checked out. However, when most people feel emotionally imbalanced, act differently …