Healthy Lifestyles, mental health

Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Compassion fatigue is the resulting stress someone feels from helping traumatized individuals (Cocker & Joss, 2016). Secondary traumatic stress, cumulative burnout, and physical & mental exhaustion contribute to compassion fatigue (Cocker & Joss, 2016). Although these symptoms are commonly attributed to health care workers, everyone can experience these difficult feelings. Untreated compassion fatigue can lead… Continue reading Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

mental health

Destigmatizing Mental Health and Using Helpful Language

Stigma surrounding mental health is one of the largest barriers a person faces when seeking help. By definition, stigma is a judgemental train of thinking that is harmful to people living with mental health or substance use problems that labels these groups in a negative way. This umbrella term includes various discriminatory behaviours, such as… Continue reading Destigmatizing Mental Health and Using Helpful Language

COVID-19 and Vaccination Information, Healthy Lifestyles, mental health

Social Anxiety- Post Quarantine

The return to campus in the coming months evokes mixed feelings for many. This reopening has been long anticipated, allowing many students the opportunity to thrive in a social setting. However, this new transition can pose different feelings for individuals who are more introverted. Not only is this a change to one’s ‘regular’ routine, but… Continue reading Social Anxiety- Post Quarantine

Harm Reduction, Healthy Lifestyles

Safe Consumption Sites: A Community Necessity

Saskatoon is home to Saskatchewan’s first ever safe consumption site, but what does that really mean? A safe consumption site is a welcoming and hygienic space for drug users. These spaces are designed to promote safe injection and create connection between community members. Those working at safe consumption sites are trained in Naloxone injection, which… Continue reading Safe Consumption Sites: A Community Necessity

COVID-19 and Vaccination Information, mental health

Practicing Good Mental Health During COVID-19

COVID-19 and poor mental health do not go well together, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. As everyone is doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID this summer by getting vaccinated, staying within your social bubble and responsible mask wearing and handwashing, you must also be taking care… Continue reading Practicing Good Mental Health During COVID-19

Healthy Lifestyles, healthy relationships, mental health, Sexual Wellness

Harm Reduction: Explained

What do you think of when you hear the words “harm reduction”? As someone who didn’t know much more than the gist of the concept, I assumed it just meant promoting ways to reduce the risks of potentially landing yourself in the hospital or worse, 6 feet underground when engaging in dangerous activities. And I only say… Continue reading Harm Reduction: Explained