Laurie Bedard

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‘Like a slap in the face’: Ottawa woman outraged by sentence for grandfather who molested her

Sabrina-Riki Moreau’s first childhood memory isn’t of a boisterous kids’ birthday party or a trip to the zoo. Rather, the scene forever embedded in …

How Memes Are Hurting Trauma Survivors

Here's the thing about this saying, attributed to Lao Tzu (just below, in quotes), and others like it, which are very popular on the interwebs: It's (unintentionally) blaming people with anxiety or depression for their own anxiety or depression, and it's ignoring the importance of the body in …

TZU

Lucy DeCoutere on nightmares, healing and the Jian Ghomeshi case

‘I refuse to be intimidated by a process that is designed to get the truth about something,’ complainant says of upcoming trial<p>Like the rest of the …

The Scarlet String Bikini and the New Shame

The old practice of attacking a complainant’s virtue in a sexual-assault trial gives way to the new strategy of casting her as flirtatious female …

Jian Ghomeshi

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Years ago, as a young woman and survivor of sexual abuse as a child as well as sexual assault as an adult, I would never have written this blog. I …

My Private Shame: I Didn't Report My Sexual Assault

"I became convinced that if someone found out I'd chickened out or panicked, they would assume they weren't strong enough to file either."<p><b>All this week long, as part of our ongoing Shame Issue, ELLE.com will be digging into the uncomfortable, unacceptable, and universally human emotions that keep</b> …

How Brain Science Can Help Explain Discrepancies in a Sexual Assault Survivor's Story

"I believe that you believe something happened to you." The young woman repeated the detective's statement to me again. It had been the detective's response to her question of whether he believed her account of the brutal sexual assault she had experienced the past weekend.<p>As a counselor on the …

The Brain

Managing Mental Illness and Depression

<i>These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answers by Paul Gilmartin, former TV Host, current host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, on Quora.</b><p>Q: What"s the difference between a …

Mental Health

Mindfulness and the Subtle Art of Letting Go

This is kind of embarrassing, but I’ll tell you anyway: I used to be a chubby kid and I hated when adults called me fat.<p>To make it even worse, I had …

As suicide rates rise, researchers separate thoughts from actions

Craig Bryan treats military personnel who struggle with thoughts of ending their own lives, as well as those who’ve survived an actual suicide …

Armed Forces

What No One Tells You About Life After Mental Illness

No one ever really "recovers" from a mental illness, but we need to get better at talking about how you get your life back.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>When I was 17, I developed an anxiety disorder that intensified when I moved to London at 21. It caused agoraphobia, claustrophobia, …

Mental Health

The Ultimate Guide to Walking Meditation [Infographic]

<i>Walking meditation is a form of meditation where you put your entire awareness on walking. In this article, we’ll explore the roots of walking</i> …

Meditation