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3 Things for Students in Wellness College to Know About the Relationship Between Wellness and Technology

It is no secret that the use of technology has become synonymous with modern life. Today, more than 4.1 billion people—52% of the world’s population—use the internet (Kujawski, 2018). This has translated into 3.5 billion Google searches (Internet Live Stats, 2019a), 350 million photos uploaded...
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Bell Let’s Talk: The Importance of Reducing Stigma and What You Can Do once You Become a Counsellor

In 2008, over half of Canadians confessed that they “would be unlikely to enter a spousal relationship with someone who has a mental illness.” (CAMH, n.d.). Another 42% said they “were unsure whether they would socialize with a friend who has a mental illness.” (CAMH, n.d.) In addition, a...
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A Snapshot of Alcohol Consumption in Canada for Students in Addictions Counsellor Training

Alcohol is the most popular drug in Canada by a significant margin. According to data from the 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey, 76.9% of Canadians aged 15 and over reported drinking alcohol at least once in the past year. Despite its broad social acceptance, however, alcohol is the...
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Why Professionals with Wellness Counselling Training Might Want to Encourage Laughter

In many ways, laughter is a phenomenon that we still know very little about. The question of why we laugh, for example, is still generally considered unsettled. There is no clear consensus, and researchers have yet to definitively answer the question of why we laugh (Louie, Brook, & Frates,...
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Wellness and the World Health Organization

Throughout much of the 20th century, the medical model was the paradigm used to understand health in the western world (uOttawa, n.d.). It is a model which has many merits. However, it is also one which “emphasizes treating specific physical diseases, does not accommodate mental or social problems...
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[Infographic] Returning to College as a Mature Student: Your Guide to Success

The decision to return to college later in life is a significant one. Whether you’re craving a change of pace, a more rewarding career, or are finally in a place where going back to school is feasible, navigating the transition between working full-time and becoming a student may seem daunting at...
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You Are What You Eat: Why Food Matters to a Career in Wellness Counselling

The link between nutrition and mental health has only recently begun to be addressed in an academic and scientific capacity. For years, the common phrase ‘you are what you eat’ has only served as a reminder to keep health in mind when choosing the next meal, but contemporary professionals are...
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The Link Between Addiction and Loneliness: An Intro for Those in Addictions Counsellor Courses

The tactics imposed during the global ‘war on drugs’ divides public opinion. Many people believe that addiction and the factors that contribute to it are not well understood. Drug and alcohol misuse are often the result of loneliness or depression and those who have an addiction turn to...
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Eating Disorders: Helpful Tips from Professional Counsellors

As an umbrella term, eating disorder encompasses many different illnesses, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and more. While exact figures are difficult to pinpoint, recent statistics estimate that “Anorexia nervosa affects between 0.5% and 4% of women in Canada” while...
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What Students in Addictions Counsellor Courses Should Know About Social Media Addiction

In 2012, Harvard researchers attempted to determine why human beings devote 30 to 40 per cent of their speech to informing others about their “subjective experiences” (Tamir and Mitchell, 2012). They concluded that “self-disclosure”—communicating about oneself—was intrinsically...
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