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Hiking Day is a Cape Breton tradition that promotes unstructured play


I’ve lived in several provinces, each tending to call the holiday Monday in May something slightly different. May 2-4; more a nod to how many beer you buy than the original date we’re celebrating. Maylong;…

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Youth mental health deserves more than flippant responses from government


There’s an obvious disconnect happening in our society, and while there’s no single answer to solve the issues we’ve created, there are a few obvious steps we could be taking to improve the situation –…

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Youth Mental Health Awareness Week: Build Your Grit


Fifteen years ago, I sat down to interview a group of elementary school students about stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges they and their friends were experiencing. This was before Facebook and Snapchat and…

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ADHD and Anxiety in Kids


The terms anxiety and ADHD are becoming commonplace in discussions about children’s mental well being. In this guest post, naturopathic doctor (and lactation consultant) Dr. Sarah Hardy Walsh, who addresses these concerns in her practice,…

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Play could be our secret weapon in the mental health crisis


Is the answer to the increasing mental health needs of our youth as simple as letting them play? It’s certainly a large part of the solution to the crisis we’ve created. Our kids spent last…

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Pickle Planet Podcast: Time out


How do you make time for yourself – and what do you DO with that time when you have it?! Join Tosh & Jenna as they chat about putting yourself first, even for a few…

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What Moncton Could Have Taught Toronto


Moncton is no stranger to the shock and terror felt this week in Toronto. We understand how quickly our sense of security can be shattered. We know what it’s like to ask ‘why’ over and…

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Teaching Mental Health Awareness through Heritage Minutes


Like most Canadians my age, I have a special infinity for Heritage Minutes. I recall one particular road trip during which my friend and I tried to recall every topic and personality covered in the…

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3 Tips for Gentle Parenting during the Holidays


Wouldn’t it be lovely to make it through the holidays without losing our cool as parents? Parenting Coach Alison Smith has three tips to help you be a gentle – and sane! – parent this year….

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5 Tips for Parents of Anxious Kids: Guest Post by Moncton’s Anxiety Counselor


As a mom, one of my top goals is to provide my kids with enough age-appropriate information and support to help them understand and accept their emotions. These days, I worry my anxiety over issues…

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