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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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Bipolar Standup Comedy


Big Daddy Taz performs standup comedy about mental health in the "Bipolar Buddha Set," onstage at CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival's "The Best Medicine" series in 2006.

He's introduced by Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys, who cracks a bipolar joke of his own.

Funny and insightful, it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously and look for the humour in...
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To This Day: Recovering from Bullying


Heartwrenching and visually exquisite, "To This Day" is an animated journey into the effects of bullying.

Mental health problems, long lasting impacts on self-esteem, and other consequences result from bullying in youth. But as well as exploring those themes in touching ways, this video inspires people to recover and look to their own beauty. A great way to begin an anti-bullying conversation from the perspective of recovery instead of empty "end bullying" sloganeering, this video immediately went viral, with...
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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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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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