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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Don’t try to do it alone: The case for coaching to greatness

ADHD coachingSpringboard was founded with a strong belief in and understanding of the power of coaching. We believe that you are the expert of you, but a coach can offer a second set of eyes, ears, and ideas. A coach can help you cultivate a space to explore your goals with creativity, without judgement, and create a vision for betterness designed by you...

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ADHD and new years resolutions: 3 rules to follow this year

ADHD new years resolutions‘Tis the season of making new years resolutions. And, if you have ADHD, it may also be the season where you find yourself going through a cycle of hope, followed quickly by feelings of disappointment.

You might be an 'ideas person!' who can think of a million things you want to improve on. You may even be excellent at coming up with creative strategies and scenarios for how to make these come to fruition. But, when it comes to sustained follow-through, well, that's where things can get tough.

With that in mind, here are 3 rules to follow to help you keep your new years resolutions this year:

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3 tips for bringing a little "peace and joy" into your holiday season

Holiday stress and ADHDThe holiday season can be busy and stressful at times. We always talk about this time of year as a time to slow down and be with those who are near and dear to us. It is a time where we can reminisce about the magic we experienced as children, and as a community step away from the grind of the everyday. But, if we are honest about it, the holiday season often comes with a lot of highs and lows.

Here are 3 tips to think about as you navigate your family holiday season:

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10 Ideas for Family Fun during the Holidays!

As the holidays approach, children and parents alike are looking forward to some time off. Not only that, children with ADHD often experience challenges at school, and because of this are often told what to do, what not to do...no wonder they need a break!

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