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Interrobang articles on the topic of Mental Health


VRcadia hosts virtual reality event for seniors
On June 27, VRcadia held an event at Cherryhill Village Mall with VR demonstrations aiming towards senior members of the community. Read more

Campaign advocates for student mental health change
On Jan. 30, 2019, #StudentsLetsAct campaign launched across Canada to advocate for policy change on post-secondary student mental health. Read more

How to support your significant other if they are mentally ill
The prevalence of mental illnesses seems to be increasing more and more in today's society. Not only can it be difficult for the person with the mental illness to deal with, but also their boyfriend or girlfriend. Read more

An overuse of social media can lead to mental health problems and a lower quality of life
While social media is a good way to connect with friends and feel part of a community, it does have several negative effects in terms of mental health and the overall quality of life. Read more

FSU seeks volunteers for human library
The Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is making a human library out of Fanshawe College students. Read more

Bathroom stall art raises mental health awareness
The Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is using bathroom art to send messages of hope and positivity. Read more

Peer Support offers students a seat with Sidewalk Talk initiative
Amid the bustling festivities of the Fanshawe Student Union's (FSU) Chill Lounge in Forwell Hall earlier last week, were two comfy red sofas tucked to the side of the room. It was here that students could settle in and vent to Student Peer Support Volunteers as part of their Sidewalk Talk initiative.  Read more

How to cope with the holiday blues
Although the holidays are often deemed the most wonderful time of the year, some people do not feel the Christmas spirit like others do. Read more

Students fear impact of smoke-free policy
As news of the smoke-free policy sinks in across campus, some students who smoke are concerned about its possible impact on their mental and physical health. Read more

Fanshawe and CMHA partner for crisis support centre
For the month of October, Fanshawe students will be able to access the crisis support centre run by Fanshawe's Counselling and Accessibility services with the Canadian Medical Health Association (CMHA). Read more

Four coping mechanisms for anxiety
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, 12 per cent of Canadians experience anxiety each year and people age 15 to 24 are more likely to have a mental illness than any other age group. Read more

Six wellness apps to add to your devices
Wellness is a part of life that people may think they don't have time for. However, there is an app for everything including wellness. Read more

Mental health services in and around campus
Post-secondary schooling can be a difficult time for everyone, with assignments and classes that can pile up, causing stress or anxiety. Read more

What you should know about eating disorders
According to Statistics Canada, 725,800 to 1,088,700 Canadians meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder at any given time and the prevalence of full or partial eating disorders is two per cent in males and 4.8 per cent in females. Read more

Gemstones: The mysterious power to soothe the soul
Mental inflictions are a mind-over-matter ordeal, so using a spiritual and mind healing technique like healing gemstones can be quite soothing. Read more

Don't let homework take over your soul, mind and health
Homework can be stressful for students at times and it can feel like you have no control over your emotions once you get to that point. Read more

Weather changes and so does your mood: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Weather can influence the way people feel and perceive. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mental illness that occurs over a short period of time during the year. Read more

Drawing your way to a better future
With the rise of adult colouring books, many people are looking at non-medicinal forms of treating mental illnesses. One of the rising methods of treatment is art therapy, which combines fine arts and counseling psychology. Read more

The Lunar Effect: Fact or fiction?
The idea that there may be a correlation between the monthly lunar cycles and the behaviour of people or animals is known as The Lunar Effect and it dates back many years. Read more

My experience with antidepressants
For a little back story on my mental health, growing up I was known as a happy but shy kid. Read more

How social media isn't all bad for your mental health
Social media has had a huge impact on people's lives. From starting careers to creating friendships, social media does a lot of good. Read more

Overuse of social media can lead to mental health problems and a lower quality of life
Social media is everywhere and it is constantly changing. New apps are developed every day and the list keeps getting longer on what accounts you have to frequently check. Read more

Mental Health: Are you in isolation?
Making the right choice doesn't always come easy, but if you listen to the word of God, the process of morality may be a bit clearer for you. Read more

The pros and cons of 13 Reasons Why
The show 13 Reasons Why is one of the most controversial shows on Netflix right now. Read more

Celebrating World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is quickly approaching, celebrating its 26th anniversary on Oct. 10. Read more

Yoga: a way of life
Yoga, although misconceived as just a form of physical exercise that is too slow for a lot of people's liking, is a form of exercise that works towards not just achieving personal fitness goals, but also experiencing the movements and achieving. Read more

Evening crisis walk-in clinic for students arrives at Fanshawe
Fanshawe's Counselling and Accessibility Services and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have collaborated to bring an evening crisis support walk-in clinic to campus. Read more

An unmentionable crisis: Suicide on campus
On Feb. 7, the Western Gazette reported that students at Western University voted overwhelmingly in support of prioritizing mental health over other on-campus concerns moving into the future. Read more

Let's talk about Bell Let's Talk: The problem isn't stigma, it's discrimination
Hamilton (CUP) - Today Bell once again held another successful 'Let's Talk' campaign, working to challenge the stigma associated with mental illness, and add to the millions they have already raised in support of mental health initiatives across Canada.

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FSU spreading the message of self-love
The Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is switching gears when it comes to their Valentine's Day festivities, by focusing on self-love this Feb.14 Read more

FSU to host two mental health initiatives
On Jan. 31, the FSU will be hosting two mental health initiatives on campus for students. The initiatives aim to get a conversation started regarding the topic of mental health and show students that they are not alone and there is support and services out there for them. Read more

MPP Teresa Armstrong visits Fanshawe College
NDP MPP for London-Fanshawe Teresa Armstrong visited the Fanshawe London campus to speak to students regarding the impact the Ontario college faculty strike has had on them. Read more

Fanshawe and London business join forces to help kids understand difficult topics through puppets
M.I. Understanding, which stands for mental illness understanding, is a business that helps create conversations about mental illness through the use of puppets. Read more

Mental illness: what you should know
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), approximately 10-20 per cent of youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder and roughly 49 per cent of people who believe to suffer from depression or anxiety have never visited a doctor about the issue. Read more

On campus services that help mental health
To help deal with anxiety and stress, Fanshawe College provides services to help find ways to conquer the stress. The largest service for mental health on campus is the Counselling and Accessibility Services department. Read more

How to fight the stress monster
There is not one person in the world who hasn't experienced some sort of stress in their lifetime. With small amounts of stress, it can help you feel more awake, alert and concentrated. Read more

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How to unwind from stress
There is a tight ball of anxiety in your belly. A nauseous feeling is creeping up your throat. There is a reason you feel this way. The school work you have sitting on your desk isn't done and you have a huge test coming up in a week. Read more

How to be a good friend to someone with a mental illness
When someone close to you has a mental illness, it can be hard to know what you can do to help and if there is anything you can do. A lot of people feel the pressure of making their friends feel better which can be a lot of responsibility for one person. Read more

Celebrities Help Breakdown The Stigma Against Mental illness
Mental illness is a stigma in society that can be broken down by the people we admire; celebrities. Most people know Johnny Depp from his role in Pirates of The Caribbean, but some may be surprised to learn that he actually suffers from social anxiety disorder (SAD). Read more

The Welcome Centre at the London Public Library sees immediate success as a mental health resource
A new initiative at the central branch of the London Public Library, called the Welcome Centre, lets individuals speak with mental health workers to learn more about the services available to them in the London community. Read more

Fanshawe to host World Mental Health Day activities on campus
On Oct. 10, Fanshawe and the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) will host various activities on World Mental Health Day to give students a chance to relax from their studies and learn more about the services available to them regarding their mental health on campus. Read more

Olympian Silken Laumann spoke to Fanshawe about physical and mental health
On Sept. 21, REDTALKS special guest Silken Laumann spoke to members of the Fanshawe community about her life as a professional athlete and the obstacles she has overcome both physically and mentally during and following her athletic career. Read more

Student Wellness Centre grand opening
Interrobang was on hand for the grand opening of the Student Wellness Centre at Fanshawe College. FSU President Morganna Sampson and Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin shared their thoughts on the new facility. Read more

Health and Fitness: Taking care of your mind, body and soul while in school
Starting school again can be overwhelming, but making the time to take care of your mind, body and soul will help you have a positive and less stressful year. Read more

I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore reminds us that we always have a choice
Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey), the main protagonist of the recently released Netflix crime-comedy film I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore directed by Macon Blair, is an easy target for bullying. Read more

LHSC provides pilot program
Noticing a gap in the mental health care system, the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in a collaboration with Addiction Services of Thames Valley and mindyourmind, has brought forth Cornerstone Counselling. Read more

Fanshawe grad uses business to create social change
Fanshawe graduate and entrepreneur Tyler Bryden has a lot to be proud of. His marketing and production company SixFive Interactive has just hired on a new employee and has an established office space in Innovation Works, a big step for the propel entrepreneurship program graduates. Read more

Fear For Thought: Lights Out sheds light on life with a mental illness
The twisted monster of the recently released film Lights Out closely stalks its victims when the lights are on and makes its move once they are switched off. Read more

Good2Talk: First ever helpline for students
Good2Talk helpline is a post-secondary student helpline that offers professional, free counselling and information and referrals to college and university students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read more

Is a fall reading week necessary for Fanshawe?
While Western adopted a two-day fall study break starting in 2012, Fanshawe students continue to go without a longer break mid-semester. A break could improve the mental health of students. Read more

Yoga: A way of life
Yoga, although misconceived as just a form of physical exercise that is too slow for a lot of people's liking, is a form of exercise that works towards not just achieving personal fitness goals, but also experiencing the movements and achieving equilibrium in the brain. Read more

Relieving the mind through working the body
Mind, body and soul, you can't have one without the others; if the body isn't at peace, the mind isn't in one piece either. Read more

Brryan Jackson: "Who do you dare to become?"
Motivational speaker Brryan Jackson is coming to Fanshawe on Oct. 18 to engage with students and give a talk about the insights of life, HIV/AIDS, mental health and the struggle of everyday problems. Read more

Are pills really the answer?
In today's society, many people seem to think medication is an easy fix to whatever issue they are having. However, sometimes medication is not always the answer to solving pain, and other remedies and coping mechanisms can work. Read more

Mental Health: Not just a Band-Aid(R) type of fix
Despite it being an unpopular and avoided topic, mental health problems affect many Canadians every day. Approximately one in five Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Read more

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How to know what NOT to say
As a friend, how do you know if you are suggesting the right thing? There is pressure not just for those suffering from mental and emotional challenges, but in those who are turned to as support systems as well. Read more

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ZZZ leads to a healthy brain
There have been many studies explaining the relation between sleep and physical health for an individual. However, lack of proper sleeping etiquette acts like a slow poison for mental health as well. Read more

It's bubble time: How to take the perfect bath
Taking a bath does more than just get you squeaky clean; studies have found that taking a bath can help with muscle pain, arthritis, insomnia and some skin conditions. On top of all that, taking some time to chill in a bath can help with your mental health. Read more

Running from mental illness
Karen Nixon Carroll, Fitness 101 program manager and trainer at Fanshawe, explained how physical activity works hand-in-hand with improving mental functioning and decreases symptoms of diagnosed mental illnesses. Read more

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Help is just around the corner
London is full of warm hearts and friendly faces willing to sit down and help those struggling with mental health issues, the hardest part is just reaching out for the first time. Read more

Anxiety Disorders: Finding the facts beneath the fear
According to the American Medical Association, over one third of North Americans will develop or experience anxiety attacks over the course of their lives. Read more

Fanshawe strides to de-stigmatize mental health disorders
Over the past few years, Fanshawe has made large strides to help put the stigma of mental health to rest and help educate and raise awareness amongst faculty and students alike. Read more

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Rumours of Grace: Rising rates of student suicide and depression
According to a recently published CBC article, there is a mental health crisis among Canadian college and university students. Read more

The day I found happiness
For a long time in my life, I did not know who I was. I was scared that I would never know, and I would wander through life without a path. Read more

Possible Ontario wide strategy to be implemented to meet growing number of mental health cases on campuses
The growing number of post-secondary students seeking assistance for their mental health outweighs the number of counsellors able to meet the required attention in a respectable timeframe. Read more

Fanshawe group focuses on showcasing mental health resources
The Ontario Human Rights Commission made a new directive earlier in the year that would change the way students with mental health conditions are to be accommodated on campus. Read more

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Three tips to alleviate stress and increase productivity
If you are looking to ease some anxiety over the new school year, get mentally prepared, feel good and look great, then look no further than this article. Read more

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Paramedic program teaches students about post-traumatic stress disorder
Dugg Steary, the co-ordinator for the paramedic program at Fanshawe, was pleased with Ontario's movement to help first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

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