Monday Musings…. The Keys to Finishing Strong! Part One

Are we there yet? This is the familiar complaint of many a traveller as they grow weary thinking the road trip will never end. Isn’t it true that reaching the destination always seems to take longer than the return trip home? It’s such a mental mystery. How many times in our journey through this life, do we want to literally pull over and take a break, or give up, thinking it’s not worth it, longing to return home where it’s comfortable? We’ve all been there. Many college and university students have just completed their exams and have another year completed under their belts as they press onto an often, uncertain future. They too can’t see the end of the road at times. As I sat at my desk m

Monday Musings…Turning Childhood Suicidal Behaviour Inside Out

Well, my head space is still spinning from the statistics I talked about last week. How can a child as young as five wish that they no longer existed? We’ll only be able to figure it out if we can unpackage what children are thinking, and how that impacts their emotions and subsequent behaviours. Four years ago, Disney/Pixar came out with a cleverly constructed film called “Inside Out” (spoiler alert ahead!). This artful animation gave the viewers a front row seat inside the mind of an 11 year old girl named Riley. For all intents and purposes, Riley was an ‘every girl’, relatable on so many levels to so many children. She was a happy-go-lucky child for the most part until she was faced with

Monday Musings… Wake Up World!

In 2014, I was asked to go and speak about mental health to a grade 2/3 class. I arrived with my backpack in tow, filled with symbols of stress that I had felt at the age of 7. The students eagerly dug into the bag, and as they pulled each item out, they openly named their 'hard times' too. We had met on common ground. Putting our heads together, we talked about this, and they then came up with over 30 things they could do to cope when things got tough. I left feeling hopeful that this group would be better prepared to handle whatever came their way in the future. This hope was dashed for this younger generation when I read a startling article that came across my news feed this week: https:

Monday Musings… When You’re Not Okay, Go Ride a Bike!

I’m sure many of you have heard the following: “It’s okay to not be okay”. It’s a catchy slogan that has woven its way into many a song lyric. The popularity of this mantra is evidence that we’re breaking the stigma surrounding the struggles people have with their mental health. While it used to be taboo to openly discuss problems, now it’s mainstream. Alongside the musicians are a multitude of actors and actresses, sports figures and commentators, using their celebrity status to show that “it’s okay to not be okay”. We applaud them, follow their journey on social media, and obtain a great sense of peace that “I am not alone”, because they suffer just like the common person. But there’s a pr

Monday Musings…. When Hope Seems Lost

I recently finished watching the heart wrenching documentary of The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. A young three-year girl was taken in the evening by an unknown assailant on May 3rd, 2007, while on holiday with her family in Portugal. The child has never been recovered. Multiple leads have been followed, suspects have been questioned (including the child’s parents), and yet the various European investors and investigators continue to believe the little girl will be found. A crime of this nature makes us, even though we are remote observers, intensely interested in understanding how can the parents hold on, when hope seems to be slipping away with each passing day, week, month, and year.

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