No matter what your job is, there is always work to be done on your mental health or recovery from addiction. To complicate things, this pandemic changed the way we work dramatically overnight—and it has only made matters worse for many people. But there is something we can and should do about it. In honour of Mental Health Week, from May 3-9, 2021, we’re exploring the problem of mental health in the workplace, how it’s been intensified, and what you can do to help yourself and your staff or colleagues.
Everyone experiences loss, grief, and stress – as humans, we are unfortunately no stranger to adversity. What is crucial, however, is the ability to navigate the challenges to our emotional and psychological wellbeing in a healthy way. Resilience is a powerful tool that helps people to not only survive but thrive in the face of even seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
When it comes to recovery from mental health disorders and addiction, you don’t have to do it alone. New formats and new research are supporting what we’ve long known: group therapy works. Here’s why. Ask people what treatment for addiction and mental health looks like, and they will most likely describe a circle of group … Read more
CCSA is excited to be hosting this webinar today during recovery month and we’re doing this together with EHN Canada, and the New Start Foundation for addiction and mental health. Surfing the second wave and maintaining service access during COVID-19 pandemic. CCSA has been involved in recovery month activities across the country for at least five years now. The topic of service access is important to us, especially today and it’s timely when we look at what’s happening across our country. As the people we serve face increased challenges on their journeys to wellness, it’s through events, such as these that we can all bring about some change, big or small.
There are many reasons why LGBTQ+ people face higher rates of addiction and mental health disorders than others. According to research, LGBTQ+ people are 2-to-4 times more likely to have a substance use disorder than their heterosexual counterparts. These addictions include alcohol, smoking, and other drugs. Some people, heterosexual or LGBTQ+, report using drugs not only for partying, but also for sex. However, this might happen more often among LGBTQ+ people. Many drugs that are more popular among LGBTQ+ people enhance energy and libido, and increase feelings of intimacy. For some people who have discomfort with their sexual orientation, drugs can lift inhibitions and increase the joy of their nightlife. Some regular community events that are popular with LGBTQ+ people, including circuit parties, more commonly involve drug use. A questionnaire-based study of gay men in San Francisco found that half of the studied population who had attended bars and dance clubs reported using methamphetamine in the past three months. As many as 46% of gay men surveyed reported drug use in the past year. Substance use problems are not exclusive to gay men. Lesbian and bisexual women report higher rates of alcohol use disorders than women of other sexual orientations.