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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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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