Topic: out of the dark

First Person

I lost my partner as we entered isolation. Now, I'm helping others find their second act

Everything changed the day he passed: the way I ate, the way I slept, the way I watched TV. It felt like I had lost a limb and had to adapt in real time.
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My eating disorder is a terrible quarantine companion

It's easy to eat dinner absurdly late when you're eating alone, just like it's easy to avoid "risky" foods when you're cooking for one.
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Essential but forgotten? Youth who toil in grocery stores, cafés and restaurants feel the strain

They’re baristas, grocery store clerks, restaurant workers. As the stress of the pandemic wears on, Quebec’s young adults do the essential work that is often overlooked.
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Out of the Dark: Being… Essential

As the stress of the pandemic wears on, Quebec’s young adults do the essential work that is often overlooked.

Loud music and superheroes: How this paramedic is coping with the realities of the job

In the beginning, she spent her days staying ready for COVID-19 cases. She would rarely get calls for any other reason.
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Out of the Dark: Small steps

Every day it seems like there's something new to worry about. How are you supposed to cope with all this uncertainty?

Community groups create support network for Haitian health-care workers battling COVID-19

A group of auxiliary nurses started a number of projects to ensure Haitian Montrealers are better prepared, and supported, in the battle against the virus.
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Out of the Dark: Small steps

It can be tricky to gauge how social media is serving you and how much is too much.
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Out of the Dark: Small steps

Young people are often expected to be the most resilient. That can make it tricky to know what to do if you’re having a hard time.
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Out of the Dark: Small steps

When you’re the one who’s there for others, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you're also just holding on. Professional social worker Stephanie Curti has some suggestions on how to protect yourself.
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How the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on women

Women, more likely to do more childcare in a household before the pandemic, report having more trouble balancing their family obligations with work during the pandemic.
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Out of the Dark: Small steps

It can be confusing to feel what seems like grief even if you haven’t lost someone.
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Out of the Dark: Small steps

With important events having been cancelled or modified, it can seem like rites of passage have just been erased.
Something New

Mom's virtual art classes are helping our family stay connected

Creative forces never sleep. Especially not during a pandemic. My 72-year-old mom can attest to this with her countless hours spent following art classes on Zoom and creating content for my three boys' weekly online craft sessions with her.
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The pandemic isn't stopping Montreal's LGBTQ+ youth from staying connected

Many LGBTQ+ youth are now tied to their households during lockdown. And in some cases, these households may not be the most accepting.
Something New

As the theatre industry slowed, I learned to see the world through the lens of a camera

This time convinced me to try and be more self-sufficient and not rely on the work of others. I created my own theatre company, and I took part in two theatre festivals, the first was set outdoors and the second, online using video.
Out of the Dark

COVID-19's effect on mental health in the regions, through the eyes of a small-town Gaspé psychologist

Pandemic-related anxiety and distress aren't evenly distributed, and young people hard, particularly those who live in the regions, appear to be bearing a particular burden according to new research.
Point of View

The pandemic, combined with a racial reckoning, weighs heavily on Black men's mental health

Black people, especially Black men, don't have the privilege of being able to express all of our emotions, especially anger. Black men have to spend their lives managing and suppressing their feelings in order to avoid being seen as difficult, aggressive or threatening to others.
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Solitude and loneliness wearing down even the most connected generation

As the pandemic widens the gap between young adults and their peers, the frontline supports, comfortable confidants and surrogate families usually found in friendships are falling apart.
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Out of the Dark: Vent over Tea offers a willing ear to anyone who needs it

As part of our CBC Quebec mental health series, Out of the Dark, Chloe Chow, co-founder of Vent over Tea tells us about the free service where you can talk to someone trained in active listening about whatever’s on your mind.
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Online sharing circles help break isolation for Cree community members

As hundreds of people in Oujé-Bougoumou and Mistissini are self-isolating after an oubtreak of COVID-19, the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay is providing culturally safe mental health support via online sharing circles. Debra Arbec speaks with the board's interim director of professional services, Deanne Moore.
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How writing helped one Quebec woman weather loneliness, living alone in a cabin in the woods

Quebec writer Gabrielle Filteau-Chiba shares her strategies for staving off loneliness.
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How music can help counter the effects of the pandemic on our mental health

CBC Montreal's Debra Arbec speaks with music therapist Dany Bouchard of the Montreal General Hospital
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Pandemic exposes cracks in Quebec's mental health services

Quebec Premier Francois Legault's government has touted a reduction in the numbers of people waiting for mental health services, but advocates say the reality on the ground paints a far different picture.
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Anti-Black racism is a barrier to seeking mental health services, says McGill professor

CBC Montreal's Debra Arbec speaks with McGill psychiatry professor Dr. Myrna Lashley about the need for cultural sensitivity in mental healthcare.

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