An open letter to our social media community and our clients

On behalf of Springboard Clinic, I am thrilled to announce that we are launching Springboard social media channels. We believe that by spreading Springboard’s message of hope, we can be an influential voice for reducing stigma and building awareness for attention issues and the mood challenges that often go alongside. We would like to be a venue for building community, compassion, and sharing strategies for individuals of all ages.

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Check IN before you lash OUT: 5 essential steps to changing your relationship dynamic

I sat in a small rural church in Ontario about 5 years ago listening to a minister marry two of my closest friends. I had only been married myself a couple of years then, and I too was asking questions about what long term partnership is all about. She shared some advice that day that has always stuck with me. As I remember it, she looked out at our young crew and said: “A successful marriage takes two people who are both giving 80%. That it is not about each of you giving 50%. It is about both of you giving your all, all the time”

In marriage (especially when ADHD is in the picture), it can be downright exhausting to give your all, all the time. You feel like you are already giving endlessly. And you’re overwhelmed. Often, you look over to your partner and inevitably end up saying, “So what have you done for me, lately?”

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Springboard Clinic's Story

springboard clinic's storyBy Laura MacNiven

For me, Springboard's story started when I was sitting on a Via Rail train chatting with my mother, who was living in London, Ontario at the time. I was travelling to Toronto, and planning to head back to where I was living, in Vancouver.. We had been scheming for some time about the possibility of opening a clinic together, where medical and educational supports could be under one roof. But, it was during this specific conversation that I realized, “We are actually going to do this.”

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Springboard's Laura MacNiven shares her story: Let's all talk and reduce stigma

I started to identify with the characteristics of ADHD in my mid- twenties when I began working with adult clients. Before then, I didn't fully understand how ADHD symptoms manifested in adults, and I had never connected with them on a personal level. As I learned more about focus and attention, though, I came to see that these symptoms had been familiar to me my whole life. And, the more I spent time with clients, the more it crystallized for me.

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Understanding Mental Health: Stigma and Self-Esteem

We are one week away from the Bell Let’s Talk day and at Springboard we are thinking and talking a lot about the impact of stigma.

Many of our adult clients’ mental health symptoms have been exasperated by feelings of judgment and shame. And too often, we hear stories from clients who have felt labelled from an early age for their challenges with attention, emotional reactivity, focus and mood. They were identified as a “class clown,” or a quiet “daydreamer”, but in reality they were often as confused as everyone else about why they couldn’t keep up. They continuously disappointed themselves and those around them and struggled to follow through with their intentions for as long as they can remember. By the time we see them at the clinic, they are usually exhausted by it all.

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Bell's Let's Talk Day is January 31st

“It isn’t too late. Time is not running out. Your life is here and now. And the moment has arrived of which you’re finally ready to change,”  Cheryl Strayed.*

This month, the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign encourages us to look inwards and speak up. Their slogan “mental health affects us all” calls us to share our stories not only for ourselves and those we love, but also for our communities. By doing so, we can create a momentum of change in reducing stigma, and we can open a space for new dialogue and connections.

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