Handwashing, distancing and mask-wearing all drastically cut risk of catching COVID-19: research – CTV News – 2020-09-27

Wash your hands. Practise physical distancing whenever you can. Wear a mask the rest of the time. These have been the three main tenets of public health advice aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus for months now, dating back to when Canada was still facing its first wave of infections. With the second … Read more

Move Your Body, Boost Your Mood: Research shows moving your body each day can reduce stress and boost immunity – Psychology Today – 2020-09-23

As social distancing drags on, people are experiencing more stress, increased symptoms of depression and anxiety, and an uptick in mental health disorders, suicide ideation, and substance abuse relapse. Reduced physical activity, sleep disruption, and increased smoking and alcohol intake during the pandemic have been associated with higher depression, anxiety and stress symptoms. Moving our … Read more

Weighted blankets can help those with anxiety, depression get a better night’s sleep: study – CTV News – 2020-09-23

According to a new study from Sweden, for those battling insomnia spurred on by mental illness, a weighted chain blanket might be the key to finally getting a good night’s sleep. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine this month, found that between people sleeping with weighted blankets at night and those … Read more

Ten minutes of massage or rest will help your body fight stress – ScienceDaily – 2020-09-18

Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime significantly boosts mental and physical relaxation. Research by psychologists at the University of Konstanz observed higher levels of psychological and physiological relaxation in people after only ten minutes of receiving a massage. Even ten minutes of simple rest increased relaxation, albeit to a lesser degree than massage. The … Read more

Structural Violence, Social Justice, and Mental Illness: Political participation is the most transformative path to promoting rights – Psychology Today – 2020-09-19

‘Structural violence’ is the term given to forces such as poverty, racism, inequality and discrimination which necessarily have an influence on people’s health including their mental health. These factors not only affect patterns of susceptibility and exposure but can also limit the effectiveness of health care systems and reduce access to services, especially among the … Read more

London Police Services Board votes to relocate funds to create crisis outreach support team – Global News – 2020-09-18

The London Police Services Board (LPSB) has voted in favour of creating a crisis outreach and support team to minimize police use of force during mental health calls on Thursday. The motion from Police Chief Steve Williams would see four specialized officers team up with local mental health workers to respond to some of the … Read more

Universal Basic Income and Mental Health: Research and history shows UBI may help with mental illness and poverty – Psychology Today – 2020-09-15

Universal Basic Income is a guaranteed income paid to every citizen with no strings attached. It lifts everyone above the poverty line and, because it is guaranteed, reduces a great deal of stress associated with unemployment and changes in the welfare system. It also allows people more opportunity to change their lives for the better, … Read more

Why most Canadians support the Canada-U.S. border closure, despite the costs – CBC News – 2020-09-15

Canadian support for keeping the border closed to Americans remains strong, despite a decline in new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and a decimated tourism industry. A new poll by pollster Research Co. found that out of 1,000 Canadians surveyed online at the end of August, a whopping 90 per cent agreed with the current … Read more

ODSP rules leave Rockland man with ‘impossible decision’ – CBC News – 2020-09-13

A Rockland, Ont., man says Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rules are forcing him to choose between taking care of his daughter and being financially independent. “I have to make an impossible decision that doesn’t have a humane outcome at all,” said Jay Woodruff. Woodruff lives with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes severe … Read more

Toronto police officer wearing ‘Punisher’ skull patch on uniform faces disciplinary action – Global News – 2020-09-08

A Toronto police officer wearing a controversial patch on their uniform while at a traffic safety news conference is facing discipline by the service, prompting community members to speak out online in response to the image. The patch was seen on the officer’s vest by Toronto Star reporter Ben Spurr Tuesday morning and a picture … Read more

More than 18,000 people have tried to visit, shop, sightsee in Canada despite border closure – CBC News – 2020-09-06

Despite strict travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19, more than 18,000 foreign nationals — most of them American citizens — have been turned back at the border after trying to enter Canada to shop, sightsee or visit people. That pattern prompted the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to remind people about the … Read more

New study suggests use of online pornography does not affect sexual satisfaction or mental well-being – PsyPost – 2020-09-03

New research suggests that, contrary to previous literature, the use of online pornography does not negatively impact evaluations of the self or others. The findings were published in Sexual and Relationship Therapy. As the use of online sexually explicit material (oSEM) has grown, so has the concern over its influence on mental well-being. Despite the … Read more

Attention Men, Intercourse Alone Brings Few Women to Orgasm – Psychology Today – 2020-08-31

Intercourse reliably brings around 95 percent of men to orgasm. What proportion of women climax that way? Substantially fewer than many, if not most men imagine. The general—mistaken—male view is that, like men, the vast majority of women can reliably have orgasms during vaginal intercourse. That’s what most movies and TV shows present. The guy … Read more