Archives for December, 2012


12 Favourite Mental Health Videos of 2012

At year's end, it's a tradition for blogs to post a list of their most popular posts of the year. I thought I'd shake things up a bit and rather than create a list based on page views, share my personal favourites featured here in 2012. Some were very popular, and some were a bit overlooked.

It's my hope that you'll enjoy the familiar titles, and discover great videos you may have missed the first time around.

1. U Can Cope - An inspiring short film for those who are feeling suicidal, featuring people in recovery from depression discussing what helped them as well as info and advice from experts.

2. Self Help Books: How Can You Tell Which Ones Are Good? - An excellent and informative vodcast from The Psych Files. Psychologist Michael A. Britt explains some of the common pitfalls in pop psychology books, what makes useful advice and what doesn't, and what to look for to spot a book from an author with low standards. Very useful tips before you go shopping for a new self-help book.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, More Than the Winter Blues

"Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder" is a short video from Toronto's prestigious Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) treatment and research hospital. Dr. Robert Levitan, Research Head in CAMH’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, discusses the disorder and its treatments.

As days grow shorter in late fall and early winter, the lack of sunlight leads to changes in the circadian system that can trigger SAD. More common in women than men (up to 80% of sufferers are female), symptoms range...
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Guided Mindfulness Meditation

In a beautifully produced video made by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Prof. Mark Williams introduces the concept of mindfulness and leads viewers through a short guided meditation. With just a few minutes of nature scenes and becoming more aware of your body, you can find renewed focus and peace. "Allow things to be just as they are" (good advice in many situations) and keep attention on your breathing, and sensations in your body.

This quick three-step exercise is a...
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Solving Homelessness

The Here At Home web documentary explores the mental health and homelessness research project At Home/Chez Soi. It's a five-site study that has housed about 1000 homeless participants with mental health issues, using the Housing First philosophy of providing services along with immediate housing rather than requiring people to access services before qualifying for housing. People receive rent subsidies or congregate housing along with mental health services delivered by either an outreach Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team or Intensive...
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Inuit Youth Hip Hop Dancing for Life

"Support" begins with a stark statistic: at 11 times the Canadian suicide rate, Inuit youth deaths are among the highest in the world.

The Blue Print for Life program of "social work thr0ugh hip hop" teaches youth to dance, as well as the history of people from the South Bronx who originated it, emphasizing commonalities. It's about giving people a voice for expression, as part of a worldwide movement. Beatbox and throat singing are equally welcome at social gatherings. Healthy...
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