• My little angel, Karma, who moved to kitty heaven 3 months ago

    Today I want to talk about something that doesn’t get talked about much online or offline by people, yet it silently shakes every one of us at some point in our lives. It’s known as Grief:– a state of emotional suffering in which you can get stuck in when you are permanently separated from something or someone precious to you; – the internal meaning given to the experience of loss – a web of feelings that swallow you up and toss you between an overwhelming sense of attachment to your lost subject and an alienating aloneness; – a word I can’t even find a direct translation for in my mother-tongue language other than “remembering” or “mourning”; – a series of stages in which you have to drift through involving denial, anger, guilt, depression, isolation, numbness, faith-shaking, self-doubts, and maybe, at the end of it all, coming into acceptance by cultivating meanings from your ephemeral relationships and the courage to carrying forward the bitter-sweetness of the “have had” and the “could have”s. ..People don’t like sharing about their experience through grief as much as they share other processes in their lives such as pregnancy, graduation,…

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    I was honoured to be interviewed by Laura Brougham, a reporter from Langara Voice, who was writing an article about mental health needs and help seeking barriers unique to international students in Vancouver.

    In my private practice, I had the pleasure to work with hundreds of international students via counselling sessions, where I quickly learned they weren’t alone in feeling socially isolated, difficult to fit in, unequipped with basic assertiveness skills, oppressed by school systems which they are unfamiliar of, stuck in between opposing values of home culture vs. local norms, lastly but not least, most of them face profound language barrier especially when it comes to seeking help.

    It’s my hope to see that going forward, high schools and universities can acknowledge these specific psychosocial concerns for international students which profoundly shape the development of their mental health and academic success. Furthermore, schools need to increase their support in ways such as introducing mental health resources during student orientation, host regular workshops on mental health and communication skills, and organize social events for international students to interact with local students, and as well as provide language-specific services or referrals.

     

    Check out Laura’s article below:

    On Langara College’s diverse campus, international students face unique…

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  • Mental health is a hot topic that has been gaining blooming attention in the past decades thanks to the increased awareness via media exposures, research publications, acknowledgement by various medical and educational institutions, and improved accessibility to mental health services. Although mental illness has become a known fact, only a handful of people understand its nature. To understand an illness, we have to first see what wellness looks like.

From a psychological perspective, wellness as a peaceful state of mind that in many cases is dependent on having a physically healthy body and/or a mentally balanced mind, leading one to attain a state of satisfaction and enjoyment in life. Besides physical and mental health, other dimensions in life such as social, occupational, spiritual, emotional and economical conditions also constitutes wellness in a holistic perspective. Wellness and health is often considered a normality for the mainstream. However, normality is very much dependent on the sociocultural context that underlines each society. Behaviours that are regarded as abnormal or deviant in one culture maybe considered acceptable in other cultures, among other age groups, or in other social classes. Definition of normality therefore varies by place, situation, time and person, because it changes along with changing societal standards… Read more

    Mental health is a hot topic that has been gaining blooming attention in the past decades thanks to the increased awareness via media exposures, research publications, acknowledgement by various medical and educational institutions, and improved accessibility to mental health services. Although mental illness has become a known fact, only a handful of people understand its nature. To understand an illness, we have to first see what wellness looks like.

    From a psychological perspective, wellness as a peaceful state of mind that in many cases is dependent on having a physically healthy body and/or a mentally balanced mind, leading one to attain a state of satisfaction and enjoyment in life. Besides physical and mental health, other dimensions in life such as social, occupational, spiritual, emotional and economical conditions also constitutes wellness in a holistic perspective. Wellness and health is often considered a normality for the mainstream. However, normality is very much dependent on the sociocultural context that underlines each society. Behaviours that are regarded as abnormal or deviant in one culture maybe considered acceptable in other cultures, among other age groups, or in other social classes. Definition of normality therefore varies by place, situation, time and person, because it changes along with changing societal standards…

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