Book Reviews, Mental Health

Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Letting Ana Go is a story about a teenage girl who develops an eating disorder. The story is told through a series of journal entries from the main character.

This book does a great job of highlighting how easy it could be to develop anorexia without even realizing it; as well as how difficult recovery can be. The story is very well done and intriguing.

I do advise caution when deciding to read Letting Ana Go or recommending it to someone else; this book could be very triggering.

My Rating: 4/5

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Mental Health

#BellLetsTalk

bell_lavieThis Wednesday, January 25 is Bell Let’s Talk day. Every year Bell hosts a day to raise awareness and money for mental illnesses.

For every Twitter* and Instagram* post with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, every view of the official Bell Let’s Talk video on Facebook*, every SnapChat photo using the Bell Let’s Talk filter, and for Bell clients every call and text message made – turn off imessage- Bell will donate 5¢ toward mental health initiatives. *Links take you to Bell’s official profiles.

Not enough is done to help insure everyone has access to mental health resources and treatments. We need to work together to change that.

I hope you’ll join me in participating in Bell Let’s Talk tomorrow.

 

Mental Health

Self-Care: What is it and why is it important?

img_2966Over the past week I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress. What better time to talk about self-care?

Self-care is doing simple things that help you feel better, and/or be healthy. It can be as simple as taking a nice bath after a hectic day, or making sure you eat an apple everyday.

It’s important to regularly take time to do things that make you feel good. Whether it’s only for two minutes, five minutes, or an hour. Taking a couple minutes to yourself everyday can greatly improve your happiness, health, and overall well-being.

Personally my self-care typically looks like reading, journaling, drinking tea, watching Girl Meets World, or maybe some crafts.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has some good resources for developing a self-care plan and suggestions of what you can do for your self-care.

Let me know if there’s a self-care routine that you love.

Bookish, Mental Health

Spoken Word Poems

For today’s post I thought I’d share some of my favourite spoken word poems with you. These poems deal with topics of sexuality, gender, depression, and education. Feel free to share any of your own favourites.

Mental Health, Musings

High School and Mental Health

Text hereI spent most of high school dealing with anxiety. Only, it wasn’t until about three years after graduation that I recognized what I was feeling during the duration of high school and ever since as anxiety.

What do mean not everyone feels this way?

I don’t know if this is a common experience, but at my school we didn’t learn about mental health. In four years I can recall two occasions where mental health was mentioned.

The first mention was an assembly where a woman with bipolar disorder came to talk to us about her experience living with bipolar disorder. The second was after a boy in my grade committed suicide. There was an assembly about it, talking a little bit about depression.

The problem with both of these talks is that they happened as assemblies, with maybe 200 students at a time. There was no room for students to have all their questions brought up. There was no on-going conversation. There was no mention of any of the other multitude of mental health issues.

We were never taught how to recognize or deal with mental illness symptoms.

I think that’s a big part of why it took so long for me to realize what I felt wasn’t normal. That maybe I have a mental illness.

We need a better way of dealing with mental health. Not everyone feels comfortable or safe asking for help or even just information. Having a mandatory and comprehensive mental health class could save a lot kids.