Mental health support is available for all ages

Living through a pandemic is stressful, not only physically but mentally. Many people have more anxiety because their daily routines are interrupted and their futures are uncertain. The Nova Scotia Health Authority has mental health programs available. These can provide relief to those who struggle with mental health issues regularly or those who are feeling...

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Many NSHA services reduced or suspended as part of COVID-19 response

Many Nova Scotia Health Authority services are being reduced or suspended until further notice as part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 as well as to conserve and redeploy resources in anticipation of increasing demand related to the pandemic. This means that beginning today, March 18: ·        All elective outpatient visits are cancelled....

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Bell Let’s Talk Day sets new record with 154,387,425 messages of support for mental health

MONTRÉAL – Canadians and people around the world took the theme of Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020 – Mental Health: Every Action Counts – to heart, sharing a record 154,387,425 messages of support for mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day and driving $7,719,371.25 in new mental health funding by Bell. “An amazing outcome for our...

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Laser acupuncture treatment and smoking

 “I went for the treatment, which was relaxing and pleasant. Afterwards, I had no withdrawal symptoms, no stress and no desire to have a cigarette – Six years and counting!” Laser acupuncture therapy, can be thought of as one variation on ‘Acupuncture without the Needles’. It can be a very effective treatment for chronic pain,...

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Inaugural meeting planned for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia

It was clear Dominic Boyd’s experiences would be put to good use once he retired. Where the county did not offer an Alzheimer’s and dementia family support group in the area, Boyd has stepped up to help organize a group with the help of former colleague, Linda Turner, a social worker with Mental Health. The...

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Group seeking mental health change

Residents across the province are calling for a fundamental change in the mental health system with the help of some MLAs and a petition. Locally, Robbie Weatherbee has been fighting for change for a couple of years after losing someone close to her to suicide. “Every time I say it it’s still shocking, I still...

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YMCA retreat focuses on mental health

With mental health awareness on the rise, 16 local youth took the extra step with the help of the Pictou County YMCA and learned Mental Health First Aid at a recent youth camp near Truro. Gittens Lodge played host to the first every youth retreat this year for the YMCA and the two-day camp proved...

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Caring for the caregivers

As with most illnesses, caretakers for those who are faced with a mental illness need to be mindful to not only take care of the person with the diagnosis but themselves as well. After having been previously hosted in Pictou County, the Families Matter in Mental Health group will be taking place this month to...

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Garden Therapy

Conservation horticulturist Melanie Priesnitz spends a great deal of time in the garden. She has been helping the visitors of Acadia University’s Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens unplug and connect to nature, for years. Recalling her career, in Ontario, working in office buildings she says, “I was wistfully looking out the window, wishing I was outside...

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Sherry Blinkhorn elated with Vision Award

NEW GLASGOW — Sherry Blinkhorn says she is overjoyed and humbled to have received the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Vision Award for Outstanding Volunteer. The local real estate operator and Loch Broom resident received the award last week in conjunction with the foundation’s annual general meeting. “Many advocates better than I am have...

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