Stuff We Love

Check out our favourite websites, podcasts, blogs, apps, and other resources to help promote further learning and mental wellness.

Mental Health Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association: Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships. In this section of the CMHA website you will find resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy. On the website you will also be able to find the location of the CMHA branch in your area.

Our Favourite People and Things

Podcasts We Love

The Hilarious World of Depression: A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.

Terrible. Thanks for asking: You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.

Mental Illness Happy Hour: A weekly hour-long conversation between host Paul Gilmartin and a guest (often a fellow artist) about their mental and emotional struggles, large and small. Listeners describe it as " entertaining, comforting, honest, helpful and funny".

The Anxiety Coaches Podcast: Relief from Anxiety, Panic and PTSD: The Anxiety Coaches Podcast is a relaxing and inspiring show bringing you lifestyle changes to calm your nervous system and help you heal Anxiety, Panic and PTSD for life! With 2 shows a week Gina, along with the other coaches and special guests, help you overcome anxiety, panic attacks, and PTSD while living a healthy lifestyle all in a relaxing, informative, and inspiring show.

Sharon Salzberg Metta Hour Podcast: Sharon’s Metta Hour podcast features Buddhist wisdom in a practical, common sense vernacular. From everyday experiences to pithy revelations, each podcast is a journey on the path of self-discovery. Check out Episode 37 where Sharon responds to some of the questions and concerns that often arise when one delves into the practice of Loving kindness meditation.

Blogs We Love

Daily Stoic Life Answering the question: Is it possible to live the good life, no matter what happens? Subscribe to receive daily meditations written by a global community of Stoic thinkers and practitioners who use current, real life examples to illustrate how Stoic philosophy can help you build a better life for yourself - no matter what.

Annie Wright Annie Wright is a psychotherapist working in the Bay area of San Francisco. She brings a wealth of experience to her well-written, bi-weekly blogs and offers new insights on a variety of mental health topics. Her writing has been featured in Forbes, NBC, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and more. Well worth a read!

Websites We Love

Behavioraltech A Marsha Linehan Institute Training Company. Behavioral Tech trains mental health care providers and treatment teams who work with complex and severely disordered populations to use compassionate, scientifically valid treatments and to implement and evaluate these treatments in their practice setting. Learn more about DBT, how it helps, find a therapist and access myriad of other useful DBT resources.

Heads Up Guys An excellent website offering self-tests, practical tips, education and support - just for men. Visited over a million times by men around the globe, offering a variety of health strategies for managing and preventing depression.

Art with Impact A creative space where young people and community can explore mental wellness through the arts. Everyone has a mental health story. Talking about it shouldn’t be taboo.

Sharon Salzberg In 1976, Sharon Salzberg established, together with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, which now ranks as one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the Western world. Today she leads teaches a variety of offerings around the globe. She is the author of 10 books and a monthly columnist for On Being and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. She has an easy, informative teaching style and it is well worth checking out her website.

Thich Nhat Hanh Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the man Martin Luther King called “An Apostle of peace and nonviolence.” His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world

Mindful.Org Mindful is a mission-driven non-profit. They are dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society. The website is chock full of personal stories, news-you-can-use, practical advice, insights and training opportunities.

Tiny Budha Tiny Buddha is about reflecting on simple wisdom and learning new ways to apply it to our complex lives—complete with responsibilities, struggles, dreams, and relationships. Founded in 2009, Tiny Buddha has emerged as a leading resource for peace and happiness, with close to three million monthly readers and a vibrant community forum.

APPS We Love

Headspace Learn to meditate and live mindfully. Hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep to focus and anxietyBite-sized guided meditations for busy schedules. SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdown

Mindshift MindShift CBT uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. Get the tools to tackle: Worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias.

Mindfulness Coach The app provides a gradual, self-guided training program designed to help you understand and adopt a simple mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Coach also offers a library of information about mindfulness (for example “What is Mindfulness?”, “How to Anchor Your Attention”), 12 audio-guided mindfulness exercises and a growing catalog of additional exercises available for free download, goal-setting and tracking, a mindfulness mastery assessment to help you track your progress over time, customizable reminders, and access to other support and crisis resources. Mindfulness Coach is free, doesn’t take or share any of your personal information, and doesn’t require add-on purchases.

Buddhify The central idea in Buddhify is that you don’t have to find time for meditation, instead it comes to you. That is why all our meditations are categorized by what you’re doing or how you’re feeling. You’ll find guided meditations for Walking, Stress & Difficult Emotion, Work Break, Going to Sleep, Waking Up and many other different categories. Written and voiced by our range of hand-picked teachers, the sessions last from 4 minutes all the way through to 30 minutes.

DBT Quiz DBT quiz Flashcards/Quizlet. Start studying DBT via short quizzes. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.

Calm Calm is for meditation and mindfulness. Enjoy 100+ guided meditations to help you manage anxiety, lower stress and sleep better. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.

Happify “Happify, created by scientists and game developers, is an awesome web app that trains you to live a happier, less stressful, and more fulfilling life. Happify brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts.”

Waking Up with Sam Harris Not just an excellent place to learn meditation skills! If you are interested in taking a deep dive into the theory behind the practice of mindfulness, this is the app for you - with neuroscientist, philosopher and NYT best-selling author, Sam Harris.

Practice Websites We Love

Beginners Body Scan Meditation by Elaine Smookler, April 11, 2019 Bring your attention to the present moment - especially helpful when thoughts or emotions feel wild and out of control. Learn to stay more present and tuned in - even when you don't like what you're feeling.

Guided Loving Meditation Practice by Sharon Salzberg Sending loving-kindness to people we feel neutral towards as well as those we have difficult feelings towards - and learning to let yourself off the hook once in awhile, as well.

How to Meditate by David Gelles featuring free guided meditations by Sharon Salzberg and Tara Brach. Provides basic introductory meditation practices together in one convenient site.

40 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude by Ciara Conlon Here are 40 simple ways to make gratitude a part of everyday.

101 Ways to Practice Self-Care When it all Feels Like Too Much by Annie Wright Living through tough times, no matter the cause, can be messy, hard and painful. Here are 101 ways to help yourself make it through those difficult moments.

Ted Talks We Love

Brene Brown Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent more than a decade studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.

Kristen Neff Kristin Neff has a number of talks on YouTube about compassion. In this talk she discusses the three components of self-compassion: - Kindness, care and understanding for ourselves - Sense of common humanity - Mindfulness Self compassion has been linked to increased well-being and decreased depression and anxiety. Find out more by diving into this TED ED lesson.

Jill Bolte Taylor Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story. Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before.

Neil Pasricha – The Book of Awesome In 2008, Neil Pasricha's world fell apart after a sudden divorce and death of a close friend. He channeled his energies into his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, which counted down small pleasures -- like snow days, bakery air or finding money in your coat pocket -- every single day for 1000 straight days. Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and serves as the Director of the Institute for Global Happiness after a decade running leadership development inside Walmart. He is one the world's leading authorities on happiness.

We will keep adding to these lists as we make new discoveries.

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