Getting help, Understanding Depression

A parent’s perspective on teenage self-harm

The number of teenagers visiting emergency departments for self-harm has doubled in the last decade in Canada. Yet, I don’t hear parents talk much about it. Maybe it’s terminology, so let me clarify a few things off the bat. I’m using the term ‘self-harm’ throughout this post because I think it’s the term most commonly… Read More A parent’s perspective on teenage self-harm

Getting help, Self-care for parents

Why I talk about my kid’s struggle with depression

I didn’t always talk about my kid’s struggle with depression. For a long time, I thought, “it isn’t my story to tell.” Even though it is. Getting married, having kids, nearly losing one of those kids–those events are all a part of my narrative. But for years, our situation was precarious at best. My daughter… Read More Why I talk about my kid’s struggle with depression

In the news

Does a pro-inflammatory diet cause depression?

In December 2018, the journal Clinical Nutrition reported that those with pro-inflammatory diets were 1.4 times more likely to have depression or depressive symptoms. The finding came from 11 existing studies, involving over 100,000 participants with pro-inflammatory diets.  Yet, in years of mental health care for diagnosed depression, inflammation was not something that any doctor,… Read More Does a pro-inflammatory diet cause depression?