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Learn How to Recognize the Signs of Suicide

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By Sonia McDiarmid Vanessa was texting with her best friend. She had the sense that something was up—the vibe of her friend’s texts had changed. Her responses were getting shorter; she wasn’t as chatty as normal, and Vanessa was starting to become worried. She decided to check her social media account and noticed a post […]

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Crisis response is not counselling

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By Stacy Ashton, Executive Director   At some point in our 51+ year history, there were questions raised about what to call the volunteers who answered our phones. “Crisis Counsellor” was one of the options proposed.  I thought that was a good idea when I was volunteering on the lines—mostly because I was applying to […]

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World Mental Health Day

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By Stacy Ashton, Executive Director A side-effect of unprecedented experiences is you learn unexpected lessons. Assumptions are tested against reality, and you get to learn through observation instead of guesswork.  I always thought catching colds was inevitable. Only a wizard would be able to avoid the viruses floating around us all the time. This month, […]

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A Mutual Exchange of Teachings: Indigenous Mindfulness Program

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By Gary Hutton, Indigenous Mindfulness Program Project Coordinator My name is Gary Hutton, I am of Nehiyaw (Cree) descent and the newly hired Project Coordinator of an exciting and innovative Crisis Centre initiative. When I was hired to work with the Crisis Centre’s Indigenous Mindfulness Program, I was very enthusiastic for the opportunity to share […]

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