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All Eyes on Mental Health & Hip Hop


By Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster, Co-Founders of HIP HOP PSYCH, Cambridge, U.K.

Hip-hop and mental health have a lot more in common than meets the eye. Since the genre’s conception in the early 1970s, hip-hop artists have delivered loud-and-clear messages of personal struggles and strengths, as clearly captured in the recent film Straight Outta Compton. Hip-hop culture embraces self-expression and recognizes the daily trials and tribulations that many people face – the pressures that challenge their state of mind. Read more

Housing is a mental health issue


By Roslyn Shields, Senior Policy Analyst at CAMH

Did you know that over 500,000 Canadians with mental illness have inadequate housing? That over 100,000 are homeless?

Every day thousands of people with mental illness sleep in shelters or on the streets. Some live in housing that is unsafe and in disrepair. Others are stuck in hospital because no housing matches their needs. Read more

Building Resilience


By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

It can be difficult when dealing with every day stressors. Things like work, home or car problems can be overwhelming and challenge us to find ways to cope or function each day. That’s why it is important to find healthy and adaptive strategies to help us cope more effectively and to deal with these day-to-day life stressors. But how do we do this? Read more

If You Ask Me


By Olivia Heffernan, NYAC Peer Facilitator

I don’t know about you, but when I disclose that I have mental illness to people that aren’t in the mental health field, I receive a few different reactions. Granted, most people keep their words neutral, but their faces and attitudes give it away. Read more

Transition Impossible?


By Olivia Heffernan, NYAC Peer Facilitator

Ah, back-to-school season. A time for new shoes, the gradual transition to wearing pants and a time to get a haircut.

If you’re lucky enough to be headed back to the same school or same job that you’ve been at before, thank your lucky stars. You know the routine, you probably know most of the people, and you have a sense of familiarity.

This post goes out to all those who are starting something new. To those who are transitioning, I’m thinking about you. Read more


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