Before  I start this blog I would like  to dedicate this Blog  to the family of 

Taneesha Brown  you are sadly missed.

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to her family at this time. Her brother told CBC News that Brown had been taking medication for bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, but had recently gone off her medication because she believed she could heal herself through faith. My prayers for your family and all families learning to find ways to cope with Mental Illness. Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental wellness challenges. This is just  as true in childhood as it is in adulthood. Many challenges  are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them.

The message to end the STIGMA has started and we can all
join the conversation.this year, for every text message sent, wireless call and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, and every time someone joined our campaign on Facebook or Twitter, Bell contributed 5¢ more to programs dedicated to mental health.

Dr. Heather Stuart, the first Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen's University, offers these 5 simple ways to communicate about mental illness without fear or stigma:  Language matters: pay attention to the words you use about mental illness  Educate yourself: learn, know and talk more, understand the signs  Be kind: small acts of kindness speak a lot  Listen and ask: sometimes it's best to just listen  Talk about it: start a dialogue, break the silence

How will This Work? 
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For people experiencing a mental illness, a good work/life balance is critical. The relationship between stress and mental illness has supporting factors, but certainly stress can increase  mental illness for some people.
In fact, according to Statistics Canada, employees who considered most of their days to be quite a bit or extremely stressful were over 3 times more likely to suffer a major depressive episode, compared with those who reported low levels of general stress.
Some people worry about asking for help because there can be stigma around mental health problems. They may believe that asking for help means admitting that something is wrong. Some people worry about how others might see them. Asking for help means that you want to make changes or take steps towards your new health goals. We should celebrate the courage it takes to speak up and make changes. Getting help is part of recovery.

lets Talk  Anger for a Moment

Anger is an emotion that tells us when something may be wrong. For example, we may feel angry when something is beyond our control or feels unfair, when we can’t reach a goal, or when someone is hurt or threatened. We can also feel angry when we are under too much stress. Anger can involve a wide range of feelings. We may be a little annoyed over a minor incident, like being stuck in traffic or missing our bus. More serious problems, like getting hurt or seeing someone else get hurt, may cause strong feelings like rage. Sometimes, we just feel angry for no reason.

Anger may be a problem for you when it’s:

  • Much stronger than you’d expect based on the situation
  • Very frequent, to the point that you can’t enjoy things anymore
  • Caused by something that happened a long time ago
  •  Making you act violently towards yourself, someone else, or someone’s property
  • Interfering with your ability to do your job
  • Hurting your relationships with loved ones
  • Affecting your physical health

What can You Do

Remember Anger is a normal reaction to some situations. Anger can also be helpful when it matches the situation and motivates people to take action or work towards a goal. However, anger that’s dealt with in unhealthy ways can create problems and affect your well-being. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to deal with your anger.

Here Are Some Immediate Strategies
Strategies are not problem solvers, but they can help you steer your focus into handling the issue in a more Productive way. I'm generally not the greatest in handling Anger...... SURPRISE... SURPRISE. I'm always transitioning into a state of acceptance, and truly striving to find Coping mechanisms... Me Time is one of my most favorite activities. Its a great starting point if you find yourself saying or doing things in anger that you often regret later.

 Here Are More Tips 
  • Leave the situation that’s making you angry, if possible.
  • Count to 10.
  • Repeat calming phrases such as, “Take it easy” or, “Will this matter in six months?”
  • Breathe deeply. Many people, especially adults, breathe from their chest, which doesn’t give the benefits of a deep breath. Try to breathe deep into your stomach. You’re on the right track if your stomach goes out first. It may seem simple, but taking deep breaths can help calm your mind, slow your heart, and even lower blood pressure.
  • Try to shift your attention to something more pleasant or relaxing. This can be very helpful for minor annoyances that you can’t control. #METIME

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