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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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Opinions About People With Mental Illness

Here's a summertime video shot in Allan Gardens, Toronto, to remind you of warmer weather and warm you up a little in winter.

In it, consumer/survivor Suzanne Feldman interviews people in the park to ask them their opinions about mental health and how they view people with mental illness in their community.

It's encouraging to see that those interviewed support respect, diversity, social integration, and improving mental health services. Social attitudes have...
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Men’s Mental Health Perspectives


Men's Mental Health: Canadian Perspectives is a short video interviewing men and women in the street in Montreal.

Starting with "I don't know" in answer to questions, it turns out that people do actually have lots of insights about men's mental health and how to approach getting help.

The video is produced by Dr Rob Whitley from McGill University.

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Messages for Youth Newly Diagnosed with Bipolar


For youth, being newly diagnosed with a bipolar spectrum disorder can be a scary and confusing time.

is a participatory community-based research group from UBC that studies bipolar disorders. In one of their initiatives, Peer Researcher Andrea Pacquette co-led the Bipolar Youth Action Project (BYAP) that studied Vancouver Island youth living with bipolar disorders, and how they managed the illness.

This brief but powerful video compiles key messages from the BYAP Youth Action Group, sharing hope,...
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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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Finding Hope from an Attempt Survivor on World Suicide Prevention Day


In Finding Hope, a short and inspiring video, a child sexual abuse survivor talks about his suicide attempt and recovery.

No matter how close to the brink you may be or have been, there is hope. Read this first, then reach out for help. Find a telephone helpline near you with this global directory, or if you prefer not to use a phone, find international crisis chat and other online services through Online Suicide Help.

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Are Eating Disorders Racist? And Other Questions for Kati Morton


Therapist Kati Morton answers questions from her Tumblr readers, in a YouTube video.

First, she talks about forgetting to talk about issues with your therapist during your appointment and ways to help remember, with helpful tips.

The second question is, "Are eating disorders racist? ...I don't believe I can have one, because I'm African-American." Kati replies that mental illness doesn't discriminate, and that she's had African-American clients struggling with eating disorders.

The third question asks about switching therapists. Kati asks...
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