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Talking to Kids About a Family Suicide Attempt

An excellent, well-researched and professionally produced video takes on a difficult task: how to talk to kids and teens about a suicide attempt made by a family member or friend.

With four scenarios, this video offers advice and examples, with acted-out dialogues. It talks about how to handle discussions differently with kids in three age groups: preschoolers, school-aged children, and teenagers.

The web site also offers additional resources and information, such as places to turn in America...
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Understanding and Healing from Family Violence


In "Clear Skies," an excellent animated video from the Healthy Aboriginal Network, family violence is explained as an issue of intergenerational trauma, while at the same time victims are encouraged to find safety and heal.

A Canadian production, still there are dynamics that apply to similar situations in many cultures.

If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help and support in the Hot Peach Pages, an international directory of domestic violence agencies....
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Mindfulness Meditation Video for Working with Difficulties

From the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, researcher Diana Winston created this short guided meditation video to help work with life's difficulties.

Whether it's difficult emotions, body sensations, or stressful events, mindfulness meditation can help with calming and focussing the mind to cope with life more effectively.

UCLA MARC offers a range of free mindfulness videos and mp3s in a variety of lengths and for different...
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Why Our Brains Love Babies

A brief and interesting educational video from AsapSCIENCE explains why people are hard-wired to find babies so cute.

In what's known scientifically as "baby schema," babies' elements and proportions come together to make them aesthetically pleasing to humans, and through our brain's reward system we are motivated to care for...
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Face-to-Face with Mark Henick on Mental Health Awareness Day

A brief interview with Mark Henick, a board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and person with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide attempts.

Mark's tireless mental health advocacy to combat stigma has led to numerous speaking engagements, including a popular TEDxToronto talk on "Why we Choose Suicide."

This year for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mark has been chosen as one of the Faces of Mental Illness.

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