Is Declining Life Expectancy in Canada Due Mental Health, Addiction, and Suicide?

Life expectancy in Canada declining. Grieving couple at friend's funeral.

According to a 2018 study published in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, life expectancy in Canada is higher than in the United States.[1] However, the rates of “deaths of despair” (i.e. poisoning, suicide, and alcoholic liver disease) have increased in recent years which may be contributing to declining life expectancy in Canada.[2] Should we be … Read more

The Need for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Care

Written by Hillary Webster, Writer at EHN Canada. The Need for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Care “Do you know what PrEP is?” asked my friend, casually. “Uh… no.” I scolded myself silently. I’ve worked in healthcare for years, but this was an acronym that had slipped my mind. “Well, neither did my doctor in New York. … Read more

Eating Disorders and Similarities With Addiction

Written by Hillary Webster and Munis Topcuoglu, Writers at EHN Canada. My Friend Jane Just this past weekend, I was hosting a friend at my house for the afternoon. We’ll call her Jane, for privacy’s sake. It was wonderful to catch up and share what was going on in each others’ lives. Jane’s puppy was … Read more

Mindfulness and Movement for Healing Stress and Trauma

Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Sean Singer, veteran, yogi, and physical health instructor at Bellwood Health Services. When I started working at Bellwood in March 2017, it dawned on me that everyone has experienced some stressful or traumatic events in their life. We can all have addictions because of these past or present events. … Read more