Stigma makes people reluctant to seek help and receive appropriate treatment. Seeking help early takes a lot of courage, most people refuse to seek help or fail to adhere to treatment. 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness, yet 2 in 3 of those who struggle will not seek treatment options for fear of judgment or rejection. They may not tell anyone at all that they have a problem because of the stigma. How can we motivate ourselves to seek treatment? How can we motivate a family member or a friend to seek treatment?
1) Have the correct knowledge of mental illness; educate yourself and learn the signs so that you can know what to do to help that friend or family member.
There is wide-spread misunderstanding about mental illness, for example that mental illness is feigned or self inflicted, that mental illness reflects a weakness of character, or that mental illnesses are incurable. This is not true.
2) Have a correct attitude to mental illness; be more open to the reality of mental illness. It is a real issue we must face.
To overcome the denial and avoidance attitude to mental illness, we should tell ourselves that most patients can recover from their mental illness; the earlier the treatment, the earlier the recovery. Be accepting, understanding, helpful and supportive.
3) Paint a real picture many people don’t know the statistics that surround the harsh reality of mental illness and depression. Here are some things to give you a better idea of how large mental illness is in our society.
One million people die from suicide around the globe. Over 30,000 people worldwide suffer from depression.
Suicide takes more lives than traffic accidents, lung disease, and AIDS.
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44.
90 percent of people won’t get adequate treatment.
80 percent would rather live with pain than do something about it.
4) Be kind, listen and ask, do not be afraid to ask about something you are unsure of. Small acts of kindness say a lot and sometimes it’s just nice to listen.
Talk about it! Start some dialogue; educate your friends and family. Break the silence.
How often do you face the prospect of finishing an assignment or studying for a test, only to give up and say, “Eh, I just don’t feel like it right now.”
This feeling of de-motivation is common to all students and anyone who does creative or brain-intensive work for a living. Heck, I’d venture to say that everyone falls into this mindset at least once in a while. Here’s the thing, though:
“Not feeling like it” doesn’t actually change your options. Even if you don’t feel like doing something, you can still do it. It simply takes grit – mental toughness – to get yourself through those de-motivating feelings.
1) Get Out and Get Moving!
Exams can block your drive to keep moving, so you should try to get at least 20 minutes of exercise daily. This will make you feel better and help you be more focused.
2) Nap Time
Getting some sleep isn’t a bad idea; quality sleep rather than the quantity of sleep is the goal. If you have to re-read the same line 6 times before understanding it while studying, you need to get some rest. Sleep is important, rest up!
3) Eat HEALTHY
Try to avoid the temptation to snack on junk food because you don’t want to stop studying. Eating healthy will make you feel better, lessen your stress and keep your stomach feeling fuller longer so you can concentrate.
4) Shower or Take a Bubble Bath
Warm water is a great way to relax tense muscles and allow the stress of the day to just wash away. Try some lavender scented bath salts or some Epsom salts to get you feeling real reeelllllaxed.
5) Grab Some and Friends Just Dance
This one is cheesy but just try it: if there is a point where you just can’t concentrate anymore, put your favorite song on and just dance! It will make you feel fun and happy. Spending time with friends is also important, whatever you decide to do together!
The Brush Off is 1 night – 20 Artists – 4 rounds / A night of Art with a competitive spin on live painting / Your vote determines who advances and who wins / Revel in the creativity displayed by the artists and maybe even dance to the tunes being blasted over the speakers.
FLASH is a community-based initiative to celebrate and elevate the art and science of photography in Waterloo Region, through events, public displays and visits from world-class practitioners. Through cutting-edge technology and collaborative spirit, FLASH seeks to tap the potential in each of us to make a great image.
Get your groove on in the rink this winter/ Skate to live spinning beats / Two different DJs perform in Waterloo Public Square / Free Hot Chocolate & give-aways / Don’t miss a beat!
Support our local bands at our pubs, enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and get lost in a good book! Waterloo has some great pubs & cafes to explore! Check out DVLB, Seven Shores Cafe and Cafe 22 to start! Abe Erb, The Duke and Failte can finish your evening!
Crime Prevention in University Areas Protect Yourself from Break and Enters
The Waterloo Regional Police Service is offering the following tips and strategies to proactively reduce the chances of Break and Enters during the Holiday Break. Working together we can reduce crime and enhance safety.
1. Make sure to keep your doors locked even when at home.
2. Keep expensive items in a secure place or take them with you.
3. Communicate your schedules with your roommates and make an effort to lock the door each time you leave your residence.
4. Do not give out access codes for your building to anyone and do not buzz in anyone you do not know. When entering the main door ensure the door closes and refuse entry to anyone who has not used the keypad code to open the door.
5. Report any suspicious activity to the Police by either calling 519-653-7700 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.
BREAK & ENTER: Do you know this person?
Incident #: WA14270946
Publish Date: Dec 17, 2014
Incident Date: Nov 28, 2014
Location: REGINA ST N, WATERLOO, ON Canada
Waterloo Regional Police continue to investigate a number of residential break and enters in the area of Regina St. North and University Avenue in Waterloo and are appealing to the community for help in identifying the male seen in these photos. The male is described as dark skinned, 18-25 years, 5’8″ to 5’11″, black hair and beard and wears large eye glasses. In these incidents, the alleged thief entered through unlocked doors and removed property, mostly electronics. Police are reminding residents to ensure their doors are locked when not supervised.
Anyone with information about the pictured male, is asked to call
North Division at 519 650 8500 ext. 6340
or make an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.