5 Tips for Mental Health Issues Asian Immigrants are Facing

Posted on 17/05/2023 in Anxiety, Depression, Family Issues, Stress Management

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a rise in anti-Asian hate across North America. Asians, like individuals from any other ethnic or cultural group, can experience a range of mental health issues. However, a study conducted in the U.S reports that only 2.2% of first-generation Asian Americans and 3.5% of second-generation Asian Americans seek mental health services. Certain factors, such as cultural influences, social pressures, and access to mental health resources, may contribute to unique experiences within Asian immigrant communities. This article discusses 5 mental health issues Asian immigrants experience and tips for how to respond to the issues.… Read More Here!


5 Tips to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Posted on 30/11/2022 in Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management

While the ‘winter blues’ and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are often mentioned together, SAD more deeply affects the individuals who experience it. SAD is a type of depression that occurs with the shift of the seasons and impacts approximately 15% of Canadians, at least mildly, in their lifetime according to the Canadian Psychological Association 1. SAD is most commonly experienced in the winter months, however, it can also be experienced in any of the other three seasons 2. Regardless of when you experience symptoms of SAD, psychologists at Insight Psychological encourage you to utilize the following 5 tips to cope… Read More Here!


Supporting the Families of First Responders

Posted on 19/04/2022 in Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Uniformed Personnel & First Responders

Many loved ones and family members of first responders suffer in silence. There is widespread awareness of the mental health challenges that first responders face today resulting from the stressful nature of their respective occupations. With this awareness comes significant media coverage, research studies, and numerous external supports regarding first responder’s mental health. However, often left out of the conversation is the stress endured by the families and loved ones of first responders. There is a lack of media coverage and public awareness regarding the psychological stress of first responders’ loved ones; further, there is a considerable gap in the… Read More Here!


PTSD in First Responders

Posted on 18/04/2022 in Depression, Stress Management, Uniformed Personnel & First Responders

First responders are a population that is at high risk for developing PTSD symptoms. This is because their job increases the risk of being exposed to potentially traumatic events. In fact, over 80% of first responders have reported experiencing traumatic events on the job, with 10-15% estimated to be diagnosed with PTSD.  Risk Factors Uniformed personnel and first responders are at higher risk for PTSD, but there are other factors that can increase someone’s risk for developing symptoms. These include: Seeing people get hurt or killed Not having a strong support system (family & friends) Having a history of substance… Read More Here!


What is Languishing? Identifying and Overcoming that ‘Meh’ Feeling

Posted on 28/02/2022 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Depression

What is Languishing? Psychologists often recommend putting a name to your emotions to begin effectively managing them. A 2021 New York Times article by Adam Grant identified the 'blah' feeling prevalent during the pandemic 1. Grant recognized this experience to be languishing, a term coined by psychologist and sociologist Cory L. M. Keyes 1. Keyes described mental health as a continuum in a 2002 edition of the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour 2. On one end of the continuum, individuals may be flourishing; they are experiencing an abundance of positive emotion and have high levels of well-being both psychologically and… Read More Here!