Instagram in support of mental health

Of interest, lately Instagram has been using their platform to support mental health by connecting you to community resources. As the co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom outlined in a press release: 

"If you see a post on Instagram from someone who may be in need of mental health support, you can report it anonymously. The next time that person logs into the app, we will connect them to organizations in their country that offer help. We have teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to review these reports. We also display these resources when someone visits a hashtag page for a sensitive topic."

This is a great initiative and has the potential to help a lot of people! #hereforyou

Tools to help manage ADHD: Bullet Journals

journalBullet journals have been popping up all over the Internet lately. You might recognize them as pretty, fancy, and somewhat unattainable looking journals. You might have dismissed bullet journals as a trend for the Pintrest folks who are supernaturally organized. But, we're thinking that bullet journals actually have the potential to be very helpful for somebody with ADHD.

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Spinning Fidget Toys: Helpful or distracting?

In a recent opinion piece on the Huffington Post Canada website, the author takes to task a spinning fidget toy getting a lot of attention lately. This issue at hand, it seems, is how the makers of this toy are marketing it - they're allegedly tauting it as a tool to help improve focus. We've talked before about how there are many benefits to what we call 'fidget toys' in helping children (and adults) focus better. But, it seems like this particular toy is more distracting than anything, and diverting attention to the toy itself.

Check out the article: Spinning Fidget Toys have some ADHD Experts Reeling

On January 25th, let's talk about mental health

Bell Let's Talk is an initiative to open up the conversation about mental illness in Canada. Each year we're getting better at being vocal about our mental health, but we have a long way to go.

As part of this initiative, on January 25th: "Bell will donate 5¢ more towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by counting every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and Snapchat geofilter. "

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