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McGill Students’ Mental Health Working Group publishes open letter

On March 31, the McGill Students’ Mental Health Working Group released an open letter addressed to Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Ollivier Dyens, expressing concerns about the recent restructuring of McGill Counselling and Mental Health Services (MCMHS). Counselling and Mental Health Services were separate units until they were combined into one service in Fall… Keep Reading

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Explaining tocophobia

Everyone is afraid of something, or at least that’s what we’re told. According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 8.7 per cent of the adult population suffers from a phobia, or a “marked and persistent fear and avoidance of a specific object or situation.” The good news is that it’s widely… Keep Reading

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Ask Ainsley: I just had my first panic attack. What do I do?

Dear Ainsley, I just had my first panic attack after finding out that I’d failed a test, and it really scared me. What do I do to keep this from happening in the future? What resources are available to me?  Sincerely, Perplexed About my Panic Attack (PAPA) Dear PAPA, First of all, thank you so… Keep Reading

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Unlocking the benefits of exercise for mental health

It’s a no-brainer that the physical benefits of exercise can take time to manifest, but the emotional and mental benefits can be almost instantaneous. “When we exercise, more of the hormone serotonin is released,” Louise Lockhart, a nurse at Macdonald campus’ Student Health Services, explained. These hormonal releases work as an immediate mood booster. “When… Keep Reading

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Good Mood Food: 3 recipes with mood-boosting properties

With second semester already in full swing, gloomily shortened winter days, and the 45th President of the United States’ rocky first week in office, McGill students currently face countless reasons to feel down. One solution to this can be found in the diet; studies have shown a strong correlation between the foods one consumes and… Keep Reading

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Let’s keep talking: Mental Health Awareness Week at McGill

From Jan. 23 to 29, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) held workshops, screened movies, and distributed cupcakes in order to spark conversation about mental health across campus during the fourth annual Mental Health Awareness Week. There were several additional contributors to the campaign this year, including the Peer Support Centre, the McGill Office… Keep Reading

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Instagram on the right track with new self-harm prevention feature

The combination of academics, finances, and relationships can strain students’ mental health. A 2013 survey of over 30,000 post-secondary students conducted by the Canadian Organization of University and College Health revealed that 63 per cent of students reported feeling lonely, and 50 per cent of students reported feeling hopeless. Significantly, 9.5 per cent even reported… Keep Reading

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