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Sugar, Sugar Everywhere….


By Christina Zavaglia, Dietitian at CAMH

Sugar has been a hot nutrition topic in the press over the last several months. The media has focused specifically on added sugar, which has been linked to obesity and dental cavities. There is also newer research suggesting that high intakes of added sugar could be a risk factor for depression, however more research is needed to confirm these findings.

In a world where we have access to so much information, here is some information you can trust about added sugar, where it comes from, and what you can do to reduce your intake to stay healthy. Read more

Achieving Work-Life Balance


By Dr. Katy Kamkar, Clinical Psychologist, Work, Stress and Health Program, CAMH

Katy-KamkarA majority of Canadians report feeling overwhelmed with their numerous roles. This is not surprising as most of us occupy various roles with work, family and friends and our community.

Working on a healthy balance between our work and personal life is essential as it helps to feel less stressed, less anxious, less exhausted and thus feel happier, more productive and satisfied in both our personal and occupational lives.

Recognizing some key signs of work life imbalance is important. Read more

Raising Awareness about Autism: Some tips for clinicians

Autism_awarenessBy Dr. Yona Lunsky, Clinician Scientist in the Dual Diagnosis Service and Director of the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program

October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada – an  opportunity for mental health care providers to become more aware of what Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is, and perhaps more importantly, what it feels like to have ASD and need mental health supports. I think it is important for us to discuss these very issues. Today I offer some suggestions for health care providers on how we can make mental health services a little more “autism friendly”. 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

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