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Gaps in Mental Health Advocacy

Over the last few decades, communities across the globe have sparked deep, critical dialogue around mental health and illness. This is evident in mainstream media, policymaking, many workplaces, and our day-to-day conversations–just to name a few.  Society’s collective exploration of mental health has helped us pinpoint folks’ wellness needs. Further, we have taken steps to […]

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Caffeine – How much is too much?

coffee cups

Chances are, we’ve all had some caffeine or been somewhere where it’s available within the last day. For a substance so widely used, it’s important to understand its effects on our body and just how much is too much. Caffeine might be the one thing that gets you through a day of lectures and meetings, but how can we ensure we’re not over-caffeinating ourselves and consuming it safely?     Caffeine Effects   Besides keeping you awake, caffeine has a variety […]

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5 Reminders for Reconnecting In-Person

Two friends chatting while swinging on a swingset

Are you nervous to see others in-person again?  You’re not alone.  We may not be at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are starting to gain opportunities for in-person connection once again. Although this is great news, for many, this transition is often accompanied by the fear that we’ve forgotten how to function properly in a social setting.  You might be struggling with how to rekindle friendships that have been […]

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Grieving as a University Student 

Sad girl sitting on deck with hands and arms clutching her knees.

“In my early years of grief, after losing my mother, I felt like I was wearing a banner or sash which read the girl whose mother died.”  Janice Clarke, Registered Psychotherapist1  “I once believed I had to ‘redefine’ my life without that brother/sister relationship. I have learned though, that I am and will always be a little sister. And I have […]

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Community Care and COVID-19

A person walking down a snowy road.

What is community care? Community care, which interrelates with “caremongering” and mutual aid, is a long-standing concept that involves two or more people collaborating to help meet each other’s needs. These needs can be basic, e.g., housing, food, healthcare, but they can also be expressive, e.g., holding space for each other.  It is important to […]

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Understanding social distancing and the importance of social connection

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the main recommendation from government and health officials for the immediate future is “social distancing.”   For individuals with mental health concerns who have a tendency to socially isolate themselves already, it’s important to understand that social distancing doesn’t mean to cut yourself off from connection. Rather, physically distancing […]

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What First Year University Made Me Realize


My name is Jessica Monaghan and I am a student in an undergraduate science program at McMaster. First year university for many is a challenging adjustment period, and it was no different for me. Many times, it felt as though things would just keep getting worse no matter what I tried. I felt like there […]

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Vaccinations 101


Why Vaccinate? Vaccinations are an important safety measure to protect yourself from diseases and its spread. Keeping up-to-date with your vaccinations not only protects yourself, but protects your community from contracting diseases. The more each person takes the initiative to get vaccinated the closer we are to reducing outbreaks of diseases. Vaccinations for University Students […]

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Homesickness ≠ Missing Home


You settle into your university dorm room. The excitement of breaking out of your old, programmed life begins to sink in. Shortly after, you’re bombarded with new tasks, people, and stressors. You lose your ‘normal,’ and you begin to feel homesick. The main reason people experience homesickness is not that they’re alone or miss “home.” […]

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