As parents we tend to look to other parents to tell us how much screen time is too much for tweens and teens. So, lucky for us, The 2019 Common Sense Census on Media Use by Teens and Tweens is out. It’s the ultimate comparison tool. The verdict: kids are spending nearly five hours or… Read More How much screen time is too much for our kids?
Last spring I wrote a post about re-thinking our education system to prevent suicides on university campuses. It was written in response to the death of a student at the University of Toronto. I could recycle that post now, just months later, following the death of another student in late September in the Bahen Centre… Read More Rethinking our education system on World Mental Health Day
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?
How to prevent suicide on university campuses is once again in the news after another University of Toronto student was found dead in the atrium of the Bahen Centre for Information Technology. Having nearly lost my own daughter to depression at age 13, and with her university years a short skip away, the news hit… Read More How to prevent suicide on university campuses
Bell, I think we need to talk. You don’t know me, but you know my daughter. She’s the 1 in 5 in Canada with mental illness. Part of the 12% of girls under the age of 18 who has experienced a major depressive disorder. You don’t know me, because as the mom of a teenager… Read More #BellLet’sTalk: An open letter to Bell Canada
Pixana, a virtual reality (VR) solutions provider, and Limbix, a company that uses VR therapy in healthcare announced they’re teaming up to develop interactive VR therapy to help teens better understand and cope with depression and anxiety.
In July 2018, Apple introduced tools to monitor and limit screen time as part of the iOS 12 update. (To be fair, so, too, did Google on their Android P system, but we’re a family of Apple users.) If you read my post on smartphones, you’ll know I struggle with restricting my kids’ screen time.… Read More Apple introduces tools to limit screen time
There are few struggles in parenting that have plagued me more than the topic of smartphone use. For those with kids younger than my own, I have some hard-earned parental wisdom: delay and restrict smartphone use for as long as possible. Because once that genie’s out of the bottle, it’s really hard to put her… Read More Delay and restrict smartphone use