Cool Not Cool

In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, they have launched a completely redesigned That’s Not Cool website to inform, inspire, and activate teens and adult allies to stand up to dating violence.

Share it with the teens in your life—whether they’re sons or daughters, siblings, students, friends, or neighbors.

And don’t forget to check out tips for taking a stand during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

5 ways you can help prevent teen dating violence

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Chronic Stress

We all live with stress of some kind. Stress, in and of itself, is not bad and research has indicated that we actually need some stress to ensure optimal performance. Just think of any task you have done well, you were likely under pressure of some kind. Perhaps a time limit, presentation, school exam. Arguably, these are considered “good” stress because the event is short lived and at the end of the event our body is able to modulate back to a state of “base line” balance.

The problems start when we live in a world of continual and undaunting stress. Day in and day out we have no release and no reprieve. This is where we start to suffer …. see the video below for a full description …

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Vikram Patel: Mental health for all by involving all

When local men and women are trained to treat depression and anxiety through such methods as cognitive behavioral therapy, recovery rates increase dramatically. Patel’s speech is a humbling reminder that much of the world has only limited access to mental health treatment. By educating community laypeople, however, we just might be able to change this in the future.

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HEADSTRONG: Youth Anti-Stigma Initiative

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Please Stay Home if You Are Sick: From the Ontario’s Doctors

What to do when you feel sick and can’t make it to work?

The Ontario Medical Association suggest that we stay home when we are sick and further they say employees should not be required to get a note from their doctor. Yes, I understand that some employers do not trust their employees but that is an outdated and archaic relationship that needs to change.

The medical system is overloaded and yet many people are forced to go to the emergency department or walk in clinics to fulfill the requirement of a doctor’s note. Could our scarce medical resources be put to better use than policing employees? How did the medical system in Ontario take on the  Human Resources function for all the Ontario companies?

Perhaps we can support our medical system by removing needless visits and free up the doctors time for assessment and treatment of medical issues.

“Employers should encourage workers to stay home when sick – not require sick notes which has a discouraging effect and forces patients into the doctor’s office when they are sick, which only encourages the spread of germs to those in the waiting room, who in some cases are more vulnerable.” (Scott Wooder, MD, President, Ontario Medical Association, 2014)


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211 What is that?

211 …. What is that? …. Yes you just call!!

211 is a helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services.
211 is answered and updated by highly-trained specialists.
Call 2-1-1 | Free | Confidential | Live answer | 24/7

211 is a three-digit phone number like 411 and 911. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)  assigns three-digit phone numbers for services that are of broad public interest and of universal social value. The CRTC decision was approved in 2001:

211 began in the United States in 1997. As of December 2010, 82% of the US population had access to 211. Canada’s first 211 service launched in Toronto in 2002, and is under consideration or development in most provinces.

Here in Peterborough, Ontario
In 2009 United Way of Peterborough and District initiated 211 services here and it is running and available 24/7.

The service, which was already operating in eight other Ontario communities including Toronto, connects Peterborough area residents with an operator who can direct them to services in their community.

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Core Healing Arts

This is the new team at Core Healing Arts 315 King Street, Peterborough

A great group of people who are all loving, compassionate and highly skilled in their field of practice.

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Somatic Experiencing

I recently had the pleasure of attending a 4 day intensive workshop training session in “Somatic Experiencing”. This is the process that has evolved from the Trauma recovery work of Peter A. Levine, PhD.

The approach (as I understand it so far) puts our human response to trauma in a biological context.  Symptomatic responses to trauma are considered through the lens of an understanding of the anatomical nervous system and specifically the dorsal and ventral vagal systems.

The process works by resolving and releasing the energy of trauma gradually and not getting stuck in the memories or the narrative of the traumatic event(s).

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Can We Inherit Fear

Recently a study on mice has shown that traumatic events experienced by a parent mouse can be passed down to subsequent generations. The study found “these transgenerational effects are inherited via parental gametes” (Dias, Ressler, 2014).

It is interesting to note that the initial trauma takes place before the conception of the next generation and yet they are still influenced by the historical trauma.

What might this say about humanity, our family traumatic experience, the use of genograms, and much more? While more research is needed the results of this study indicate a potential for our behavior (anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more) to be influenced by the experiences of our parents and grandparents, long before we were born.

Nature Neuroscience 17, 89–96 (2014)
Brian G Dias   & Kerry J Ressler

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Ontario Human Rights Commission – Key Findings

“Ontarians with mental health and addiction disabilities have lower levels of education, lower income, are less likely to take part in the labour force and are less likely to live in adequate, affordable housing compared to people with other disabilities and people without disabilities.” (OHRC)

  • Of all Ontarians who report a disability, almost one-third (30.9%) report a mental health or addiction disability.
  • People aged 15-24 account for 9.3% of all Ontarians who report mental health and addiction disabilities, which is more than twice the proportion of people with other disabilities (3.5%)
  • A higher proportion of Ontarians with mental health and addiction disabilities are separated or divorced (19.3%) than people with other disabilities overall (10.4%) and people without disabilities (7.1%). A smaller proportion of Ontarians with mental health or addiction disabilities are married or in a common-law relationship (45.6%) than people with other disabilities overall (60.6%) or people without disabilities (59.8%).
  • Ontarians with mental health and addiction disabilities are more at risk of poverty than people without disabilities. A greater proportion (19.6%) are in low-income status compared to people with no disabilities (10.4%) and people with other disabilities (7.9%).

For the full report visit the Ontario Human Rights Commission website (OHRC)


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