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Asylum seekers from Haiti leave Olympic Stadium in August, 2017 in Montreal.The stadium is being used as temporary housing to deal with the influx of asylum seekers arriving from the United States. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Let’s Talk about the mental health of young immigrant and refugee men

Talking about mental health challenges is not always so easy for young immigrant and refugee men in Canada, according to research from the University of British Columbia.
A one-size-fits-all approach to mental health does not speak to the diversity of Canada’s immigrant population. Here a man participates in a mass meditation on the lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in September 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Let’s Talk about culturally sensitive treatments for depression

As Bell Let's Talk Day approaches, we profile mental health experts practicing culturally sensitive treatments for depression and anxiety among Canada's immigrant, refugee and Indigenous communities.
Do not be derailed by news reports that exercise is bad for the heart. Taking more exercise is a New Year’s resolution to stick to. Exercise reduces risks of depression, cancers, heart disease, stroke and sudden death. (Shutterstock)

Exercise more in 2018 – it really is good for your heart

Taking more exercise is a New Year's resolution to stick to. Exercise reduces risks of depression, cancers, heart disease, stroke and sudden death.
James Stewart and Donna Reed in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ Wikimedia Commons

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

Just as facts are stubborn, myths in the era of social media are also proving to be as well. And, that can be harmful, particularly when it comes to the media reporting on holiday suicides. Here's why.
The experimental technique of ‘deep brain stimulation’ has improved the lives of patients with treatment-resistant depression, despite the ‘failure’ of a large clinical trial. (Shutterstock)

Could an experimental brain surgery make you happier?

For some patients, drilling a hole in the skull and inserting an electrode into the 'sadness centre' of the brain offers relief from debilitating and otherwise treatment-resistant depression.
The largest differences in early death between those with and without mental disorders were for respiratory diseases and alcohol misuse. Jake Oates

People with mental illness still die a decade earlier than those without

Despite efforts to address the issue, the life expectancy gap between those with and without mental illness has remained consistent over two decades. However the causes of death have changed.
For veterans going back to school, student life can involve many stresses. US Department of Education

The emotional challenges of student veterans on campus

Since 2009, nearly one million veterans have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which helps them pay for tuition and other expenses. A scholar explains how it's a hard transition.
Parenting programs and home visiting programs can offer vital support to mothers struggling with mental illness, substance use, and other challenges. Research shows that avoiding foster care is better for the health of mother and child. (Shutterstock)

Foster care damages the health of mothers

New research shows that having a child in foster care is often harmful to a mother's mental and physical health.
A pair of identical twins. The one on the right has OCD, while the one on the left does not. Brain Imaging Research Division, Wayne State University School of Medicine

How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

It can be very hard for people to accept that they – or their family member – are not to blame for their mental illness. Seeing the evidence in a scan can make a difference.

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