ARTICLE:

The secret of finding a job. 

Are you at risk? Take the survey.

ARTICLE:

How do I tell my boss that his half-baked going-nowhere brain-fart is a bad idea?

Find out how.

ARTICLE:

Dopamine Junkies. 

Find out what others are saying. 

ARTICLE:

How do I tell my boss that his half-baked going-nowhere brain-fart is a bad idea?

Find out how.

ARTICLE:

Avoiding the reassurance-seeking trap. Learn attachment styles collide in relationships and what to do about them.

Take the quiz.

 

Fun facts:
Even though the majority of individuals have secure attachment styles (63%), the chance that both you and your partner have secure attachment styles is only 40% chance (0.63 x 0.63 = 0.40 or 40%). The scientific evidence examining the tendency of people to select partners with whom they are similar suggests personality characteristics including attachment styles are generally unrelated. We don’t pick partners based on their attachment styles. There’s a very good chance (about 60%) that you’ll end up in a relationship in which one of you has an insecure attachment style.

Source: Meng, X., D’Arcy, C., & Adams, G. C. (2015). Associations between adult attachment style and mental health care utilization: Findings from a large-scale national survey. Psychiatry research, 229(1-2), 454–461. https://doi-org.proxy.bib.uottawa.ca/10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.092

 

ARTICLE:

Should I stay or should I go? Learn about the reasons why people stay in relationships and why they ultimately leave.

Find out what others are saying.  

July 3

Do I have it:

40% of women and 30% of men report intimate partner violence. Know the signs and what to do. R
ead more. 

ARTICLE:

Research shows that most people break up and that the average length of a relationship is just 2 years and 8 months. Learn how to manage the break-up. 

Take the survey.

June 26

ARTICLE:

Knowing how to talk to people can be harder than you think. Learn how to get started on mastering the art of chit-chat and conversation. R
ead more. 

ARTICLE:
How to make friends.
Take the quiz

ARTICLE:

Not sure what is making it so hard to stay on top of your finances? Is your worry about money affecting your wellbeing and grades? We’ve got six great strategies for dealing with financial stress.  R
ead more. 

ARTICLE:
Nothing can be harder than to someone about your mental health. There are countless barriers that you will face. What’s yours?
Take the quiz

ARTICLE:

At some point, everyone will need some academic help. Whether it is asking the prof, talking to a mentor or hiring a tutor, we’ll show you how to get started. R
ead more.

ARTICLE:

Looking for a quick and lasting happiness fix? The tried and true benefits of expressing gratitude is just waht you need. 
Read more. 

Looking for a happiness fix?
Learn about gratitude visits and gratitude journalling – how they work and how they are different.  
The beneftits of a single gratitude visit can last up to 3 months.
92% of people report that gratitude journalling for just 2 weeks leaves them feeling happier.    

ARTICLE:

Research has shown that five different types social emotional learning skills can boost your grades and improve your mental heatlh. Learn how to increase your skills. Take the quiz. 

ARTICLE:

Whether it is worry about getting stuck at a party, being asked questions you don’t want to answer, or afraid of having a meltdown, an exit plan may be just what you need. 
Read more. 

ARTICLE:

My phone is taking over my life. I wake up with it, go to sleep with it, eat breakfast and manage my stress with it. How can cut down on the time I spend on it?  Learn more

55% of students report using their phones to de-stress, avoid work and procrastinate.
How much is your phone taking over your life? Take the survey. 
Meet Study bunny
What are your tips for limiting your phone use. 


ARTICLE:

Neurodiversity. What it is and why it matters so much.  

Read more. 

EVENT:

Exam bootcamp is a 50-minute presentation on how to get ready for and push through those final exams. Download the checklist. Sign up for the presentation. 
 

Rethink your approach to finals. Make it like bootcamp. 
Squeeze the most out of the final days. 
Download the checklist. Sign-up for the presentation. 
Learn how to squeeze the most out of the final days of the semester. 
Join us on Eventbright. 

ARTICLE:

The overwhelming harm and slight benefit of social comparison. Learn more about the impact and how to manage unfavourable social comparison. 
Read more. 

        Social Media and the Comparison Trap (perhaps something about how social media impacts student’s mental health due to comparison, etc. and how to set healthy boundaries and expectations in regards to social media) 

YOU ASKED US:

Learning how to answer questions in class and knowing how to ask for help is a critical part of getting the most out of school. 

Find out how. 

March 13

ullets:
I’m terrified of answering questions in class and asking the professor for help. What do I do? 
Top 10 reasons why you should ask questions
Rethink asking for help – problem solving versus a sign of weakness

 

YOU ASKED US:

My parents don’t believe in mental illness, but I have one. How do I talk to them about it?  

Find out. 

  • as many as 75% of people report feeling stigma
  • there are four types of stigma
  • lack of knolwedge or lack of info? What’s there hurdle?
  • Tips on getting your parents up to speed?
  • If you can’t talk to them, who can?

ARTICLE:

Writing papers at university and college is hard work. Find out how to write a great paper and avoid the 24 most commonly made mistakes.

Get started. 

March 13
Take the pain, grief and terror out of writing. 
Avoid the top 24 mistakes most students make
Learn how to steer clear of plagarism.
Check out our step by step examples.
Can’t seem to get started? Write the crappy draft first. 
Why do universities ask you to write papers?

 

ARTICLE:

We have more than 25 tips on how to prepare for and write exams. Avoid the mistakes that most students make.   

Read more. 

March 6 Bullets:
Step by step guide on how to prepare for, sit through and survive exams. 
What to do when you have a total melt-down during an exam.
How ace short and long answer questions
Knowing isn’t the same as understanding.
Why universities make you take tests. 

 

ARTICLE:

Learn how to deal with negative thoughts, doubts, worries and what ifs.  Sixty years of mental health innovation. R
ead more. 

March 6

Bullets:
Learn about the top six types of negative thoughts. Take the quiz!
Design your own personal behavioural experiment — learn to stop avoding.
Learn how to interrupt and displace your negative thoughts. 
Perspective is everthing — restructure your thinking.

        Dealing with Intrusive Thoughts (Due to be posted Feb 27)

 

ARTICLE:

Attending university Is one of the most important and fullfilling times in your life. Most students report not feeling ready. Find out what you can do. Learn more. 

Feb 27

 

Bullets:
Get ready for the Big Drop — high school grades can call as much as 18%.
Almost 30% of first year students have some type of academic challenge – What’s yours? Take the quiz. 
What’s a “flipped’ schedule and why does it matter?
What affects academic performance more? Sleep problems, finances or relationship difficulties. Find out. 

 

ARTICLE:

Research into understanding the secret to achieving excellence has identified three key ingredients. Learn how to reap the benefit of deliberate practice.  
Read more. 

ARTICLE:

The science and benefit of to-do lists.  Find out how to-do lists can boost your productivity, lower your stress and decrease your procrastination.  Get started. 

ARTICLE:

Backwards scheduling has been shown to boost motivation, reduce stress and increase your grades. Find out how.  
Read more. 

ARTICLE:

Learn how micro-breaks can boost your focus and increase the efficiency with which you master course material and prepare for exams. Master the pomodoro technique. R
ead more. 

ARTICLE:
Less than 50% of students have been formally taught how to take notes efficiently and effectively. Note-taking is critical to the acquisition and retention of knowledge. It is your first opportunity to beat the forgetting curve. Learn more.

ARTICLE:

Character strengths are what make each person unique. They motivate us, energize us and help us reach our full potential unlike anything else. Find out what your character strengths are and unleash your inner potential. Learn more.  

ARTICLE:

Learn about what long-term friends do to maintain their friendships and why friendships are so important. Find out what you are doing and what you can do more of. R
ead more. 

(Jan 2)  (incomplete)
  •  Maintaining friendships. Are you doing enough?
  • Benefits of friends for health, mental health and success.  
  • Research shows that our friendship circles have shrunk in size by over 30%
  • Most people report have ‘no confidants’ in their lives

ARTICLE:

Sign up for the Habit Builder 2023 Event. Learn about the science of building lifelong habits. Get started on building a better, healthier new year.   

Read more. 

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ARTICLE:

Want to start fresh, turn over a new leaf or reboot your life. Learn how to build lasting new habits that can make you healthier, less stressed and more productive. 

Read more. 

ARTICLE:

Developing a strategy for your studies can help you manage your stress and optimize your success. We have 16 strategic moves that you may not have considered — yet. 
Read more. 

ARTICLE:

There are a lot of good reasons to change programs, switch schools, or take a break from studying altogether. But most of the hurdles students face can be overcome. What you can and should do before deciding to drop out. Read more. 

SKILL:

Saying no is difficult for most people, which makes learning how to do it essential in every relationship. We’ll who you how to master the are of saying no, without feeling guilty or bad about it.
Get started.  

ARTICLE:

Recharging and de-stressing are two very different and equally important things. You will need both to recover from the semester, get ready for the next and rediscover what you enjoy most about life. 
Read more. 

 

YOU ASKED US:

How do I tell my parents I did badly this term? We asked our expert how best to break the bad news to parents and convince them you have a plan to get back on track. 
Read more. 

YOU ASKED US:

How can I stay motivated during the last few (painful) weeks of school. Six great tips you can start using today. Learn about three different types of disengagement. 

Read more. 

(Dec 5)  (COMPLETE)
  • Three types of academic disengagement and what to do about it.  
  • As many as 30% of college and university students report rising levels of disengagement.
  • Take the Out Gas Survey – locate your source of disenchantment. 
  • Five tips on rediscovering the magic. 
  •  

ARTICLE:

Every semester, students leave dozens of marks on the table by not finishing assignments and not asking for more. It is time to get every mark you can. It might mean the difference between a pass and a fail or between an A and a B.   Read more. 

 (COMPLETE)
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ARTICLE:

Saying how you feel is one of the first skills you learn in life and its among the hardest. Research shows that saying how you feel has powerful benefits that can improve both mental health and your physical health too. Learn more. 

(Nov 28)  (COMPLETE)
  • Social emotional skills, like saying how you feel, can decrease feeling of depression and anxiety and even improve your grades. 
  • Developmental psychologists had discovered that we start learning not to say how we feel by 16 months of age. 
  • Even just writting down how you feel, daily, for less than a week can improve your moods. 
  •  

ARTICLE:

Are your parents stressing you out? Research shows that parenting styles can either bolster or hinder your success at school. Find out about what kind of parent styles your mom and dad have and what to do about it. 
Take the test

  • Bullet points (COMPLETE)
  • Are your parents permissive or too controlling?
  • My parents expect a lot from me. What’s the down side? 
  • Top five sources of conflict with parents. What’s yours?
      

ARTICLE:

Thinking about seeing a psychologist? Wondering if it’s going work? One friend says it doesn’t and the other one has been in treatment for years with no end in sight.

Learn more about psychotherapy.  

  • Bullet points
  • Over 1 million people in Canada talk a mental health professional every year.
  • Top five barrier to get help explained. What’s yours
  • How well does psychotherapy work, anyhow. Better than you might think. 
  • Five different types of psychotherapy explained.
  • What works better – medication or counselling?  

Do I have it?

My friends tell me it’s just shyness but it feels like its much, much more. I am wondering if I have an anxiety disorder.   

Take the test.

  • Bullet points
  •  People make is sound like shyness is a disorder. Is it?
  • The unseen benefits of being shy. Are there any?
  • 5 tips on reducing your shyness.
  • What should I tell people, when they tell me I am too shy?
  • 5 ways to start taking to a stranger? What’s your opener?  

ARTICLE:

Bias, discrimination and unfairness on campus. In this article, we will walk you through the facts about what students experience on campus and show you how to get started on a plan to make things right. Read more.  

  • Bullet points
  • Prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination? What’s the difference?
  • Three types of academic unfairness. Tell us yours.
  • 1 in 3 students experience gender discrimination at school 
  • Tips you can use to lower your risk of discrimination today.
  • Take the knowledge test on microaggression. It’s harder than what you think. 

ARTICLE:

The end of the term is still weeks away, but you are already running out of gas. Whether you are bored, tired or starting to wonder why you are doing any of this, learn how to motivate yourself and build grit . 
Get started.

  • Bullet points:
  • I am sick and tired of school. Why can’t I keep going?
  • Find out how much GRIT you have. Take the test
  • Five ways to build your GRIT.
  • The two sides of GRIT – perseverance and consistency.
  • I need something that I am passionate about to keep me energized   

ARTICLE:

I just failed my exam and the panic is setting in. Research shows that student’s fail tests more than you might think. What happens next is what matters most.

Learn about your failure coping style 

  • Bullet points:
  • As many as 33% of students fail a test or exam in first year.
  • Early warning signs:  Students who do poorly on mid-terms have as much as 50% chance of failing  the course. Find out what to do. 
  • Learn about the four different ways of coping with failure: Take the test
  • Top 7 reasons for failing a test. What’s yours?
  • Seven things every student should do after failing a test.

Do I have it?

My friends think that I couldn’t stop drinking, even if I wanted to. Am I drinking too much?  Are you becoming dependent or even addicted to drinking?

Learn more.

  • Bullet points:
  • Large studies suggest that 31% of college students indicate alcohol abuse but 
  • just 6% show signs of alcohol dependence.
  • four ways to curb your drinking
  • about 10% of college students are injured every year because of drinking
  • 12% hit or assaulted by drinking student
  • 2% of students are the victims of alcohol-related
    sexual assault or date rape  

ARTICLE:

A growth mindset is an essential part of lifelong wellbeing and a key component of reaching your full potential. Find out if you have a growth mindset and learn how to get more. Take the quiz.  

Do I have it?

According to the World Health Organization, depression is now the leading cause of poor health and disability worldwide — and it is easy to miss. 

Find out if you may have it.

NEW ARTICLE:

Learn why flashcards and practice problems are so critical to learning, what makes them work so well and how they can help you beat the forgetting curve. Read more. 

SKILL:

Finding three good things each day, even on bad days can be hard, and sometimes seemingly impossible. Learn more about why it is so hard and still so very important for mental health. 
Read more.  

NEW ARTICLE:
Finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep? Try these five tips. 

Here are five simple things you can do to improve your sleep, performance and overall well-being. Get started. 

NEW SKILL:
Scheduling: The science and art of making it all fit.
Learn how to story board your week, which is one of the fastest and most effective ways to increase your productivity and decrease your stress. Learn how. 

SKILL:
Relaxation breathing and mindfulness 

Breathing and mindfulness are quite likely the oldest and among the most effective mental health skills. Learn how to breathe and be mindful in less than 15 minutes a day. Read more.

Do I have it?
Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder

50 to 60% of children diagnosed as children continue to struggle with ADHD as adults. Still struggling with attention difficulties? Take the test. 

UPDATE:
Well-being and happiness

Catholic nuns were asked to write about themselves and their lives at age 22. Researchers found that what they wrote about predicted how long they lived. Read more.  

UPDATE:
Academic difficulies

Most students don’t feel ready when they arrive at university and college. Recent studies have identified the top 10 hurdles that students face. Take the quiz and find out yours.  
Read more.

UPDATE:
What type of stress do you have?

Do you have more stress as worry or stress as load? Take the Stress Quiz and get started on tackling the rising levels of stress in your life. 
Read more. 

UPDATE:
Finding the Good Life

Contemporary psychologists believe that there are five domains that contribute to your overall wellbeing and happiness. What is your main source of well-being? 
Read more.


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