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Eating Disorders Are Not A Choice

This excellent short video compiling interviews with people affected by eating disorders as well as clinicians, drives home the point that eating disorders are not a choice.

The well-produced video made by Sheena's Place, a Toronto eating disorders support centre, also makes the point that eating disorders affect a diverse range of people of all ages, genders, and sizes.

This is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a good time to share...
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The Rise of Online Counselling


In the Shrink Rap Radio podcast, on a YouTube video, an episode delves into online counselling. Podcast host psychiatrist Roy interviews Clay Cockrell from the Online Counselling Directory and podcast.

The benefits and ethics of online counselling are established, and Cockrell, an expert in e-health, talks about the current status of the field and its future, and how more and more therapists are using the technology in their practices. Their clients are asking them to, for the convenience...
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Study Confirms Pets Benefit Mental Health

A new scientific study published in the BioMedCentral Psychiatry journal confirms what many people already knew intuitively: people with mental illness benefit from pet ownership. This short animated video explains the findings.

The helpful nature of pets includes providing routine, exercise, and acceptance. Those surveyed rated their pets in a primary role of social importance and support. Dogs, cats, birds, and hamsters were all valuable as animal companions.

The journal article is...
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Guided Meditation Video For Coping With Grief

This comforting guided meditation video by Jason Stephenson includes soothing music and his calm voice guiding you through a process of coping with grief.

"Now is the time to focus on healing, not dogma," he says, reassuring us that this approach isn't about beliefs about afterlife, but instead a focus on our present emotions and honouring our loved ones.

With all the losses 2016 has brought, so many celebrities passing on...
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Quick Shoulder Stretches Release Stress

Body and mind are connected, and one of the places we most feel the impact of stress and anxiety is in our shoulders. Our muscles tense up and so do we.

In this short video from Yoga Journal, we learn beginner techniques for 4 shoulder stretches, that can be performed sitting down. They are easy to do, and feel great. They provide a refreshing break.

By stopping to breathe, do a mindful...
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Divided America – How Can It Heal?


Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt gives a post-election TEDx Talk in conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson to address the question: can a divided America heal?

With emotions running high all along the political spectrum it's helpful to get some insight based on psychological science.

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies morals informing political choices. In this video he describes patterns of thinking and historical roots leading to to sharp divisions in America. He also provides hope in a vision of...
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Snapping Self-compassion in Selfies


If you like to take selfies, this great TEDx Talk from psychologist Stephanie Zerwas is about online body image in selfies.


She discusses the negative emotions that selfies can generate, and how to approach them.

Zerwas is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Director of the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.

She is social media savvy and has a popular...
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What If?


"What If" by Craig A. Miller is a great spoken word poetry video about surviving a suicide attempt.

Powerful and eloquent, his is a relatable, moving, and inspiring story for many people.

Craig A. Miller shares his story in more detail in a book, "This is How it Feels: A Memoir of Attempting Suicide and Finding Life."

This book is recommended to learn more about suicide and recovery from a lived experience perspective. It has received nearly-all five...
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