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Posts by Samantha Pekh

How to Support Someone Who is Feeling Suicidal

When someone we love is feeling suicidal, it often creates a lot of distress for us as well. We may worry about what to say, saying the wrong thing, or making things worse. We may feel incredibly uncomfortable talking about the topic and attempt to divert the conversation onto another topic or make light of what our loved one is trying to express. If we feel really uncomfortable sitting with our loved one and listening to what they are trying to express, we may find ourselves too quickly moving…

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World Suicide Prevention Day – Sept 10, 2016

September is a month full of activity that includes not only seasonal changes and a new school year, but also many different days of recognition and awareness campaigns. Being a psychologist I may be biased, but I believe that mental health awareness efforts are among the most important!Even if not directly identified, mental health plays a large factor in many of the other awareness campaigns; whether they are focused on improving physical health or eating habits, combating disease, reducing…

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Over-Scheduling Mental Health Goals

When we begin to feel better, it can often be tempting to take on too many “self-improvement” goals or to try to commit to too many things at once. In this video, Samantha will discuss the importance of choosing 2-3 goals at a time, even if they are considered “small” goals – so movement towards mental health will continue…

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Helping Children Through Grief

It is not always easy to know how to support children when they are grieving. Supporting them can become even more difficult when you are grieving yourself. In this video, Samantha will highlight some of the things you can do to support your child and help ensure they experience grief in a healthy way…

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Questions about Bipolar Management

On May 9, 2016, Michelle Black visited our group and she shared her own struggles with living with bipolar and the strategies that have helped her to manage her symptoms. More recently (Jan 2016) she found herself slipping back into depression, but due to sticking to her strategies (and with some extra support from her family), she was able to eventually climb back out of it. After her presentation, members were invited to send their unanswered questions. Michelle diligently answered these…

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Helping Children Cope After a House Fire

Recently our province, Alberta, has been dealing with a major fire in Fort McMurray. Due to the size and destructive impact of this fire, many of the people living there have lost their homes and have had to be evacuated. This “Coping After Fire” series was created to address the concerns and questions that many people impacted by the fires now have. In this video, I will work you through some of the basic, but very important strategies that you can use to help your children cope after a house…

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5 Ways to Cope After a House Fire or Crisis

If you are reading this post, then it is likely that either you or someone you know has been impacted by a house fire. Due to the recent fire that is being fought in Fort McMurray, I created this series to address some of the main concerns and questions that are being asked. In this video, I will walk you through five key strategies you can use to help make it easier to cope after a house fire. Coping After Fire Series Video 1 – Normal Reactions After a House Fire or Crisis Video 2…

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Normal Reactions After a House Fire

Recently, in Alberta, many people have been evacuated from their homes due to a major fire occurring in Fort McMurray. As people begin to settle into their temporary lodgings and collecting basic necessities lost during their evacuation, they are likely finding it hard to take everything in and all that they have lost. If you are reading this post, it is likely because you or someone you know is experiencing various symptoms, such as being jumpy or on edge, and you are wondering what some of the…

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Living with Bipolar Series – Michelle Black

Michelle Black is a Successful Bipolar Advocate… Her Wellness Journey is a story about having faith, hope, and love.It’s knowing that she is strong and she is brave.It’s about finding a balance and believing in herself.It’s knowing that she is proud of her accomplishmentsThat she has made along this journey!!! Michelle was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 in 2008 when she experienced a manic episode and was hospitalized for three weeks at the University of Alberta Hospital…

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