General Mental Health Information:

Canadian Mental Health Association – Basic Mental Health Information & Statistics –

Mental Health & Psychiatry:


Useful Websites and Links:

General Mindfulness Website:

Various informative TED TALKS on mindfulness:

Useful books:

The Mindful Way through Depression:   Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (2007) by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn  (also a workbook) AND  associated TED TALK by Zindel Segal –

The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Break Free From Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life (2011) by Susan M. Orsillo, PhD and Lizabeth Roemer, PhD   –  Book Website:

Mindfulness for Beginners:  Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life (2011)  by Jon Kabat-Zinn and mindfulness apps from the work of Jon Kabat Zinn –


Useful Websites and Links:

Dr. Kristin Neff on self-compassion (TED TALK):

Dr. Kristin Neff’s website:

Dr. Christopher Germer’s site:

Dr. Paul Gilbert’s site:

Useful books:

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong

The Mindful Way to Self-Compassion by Dr. Christopher Germer

The Compassionate Mind by  Dr. Paul Gilbert

Self-Compassion:  Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Dr. Kristin Neff

Lifestyle / Stress / Happiness:

Useful books:

The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: a Four Step Plan for Resilient Living by Amit Sood, M. D.

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert and associated TED TALK:

Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being by Andrew Weil, M.D. and associated website –

Finding Flow:  The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and related TED TALK by Judson Brewer-

Yoga and Breathing:

Useful Websites & Links:

Mindfulness and Healing TED TALK by Shannon Paige:

Useful books:

Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga by Amy Weintraub

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life:  How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully by Dennis Lewis

Career / Life Transitions:

Useful Websites and Links:

Canadian Mental Health Association – Youth Transitioning to Post Secondary –

Bill Burnett – “Design Your Life” – interview from CBC’s Tapestry program:

Bill Burnett – Stanford Design Program – “Design Your Life”:

Stop Searching for Your Passion – Terri Tespicio:  (I love this talk!)

5 Top Ted Talks on Planning Your Career:

Useful books:

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine

Healthy Weight / Body Image:

Useful Websites & Links:

The Centre for Mindful Eating

Useful books & Links:

 If the Buddha Came to Dinner:  How to Nourish Your Body to Awaken your Spirit by Hale Sofia Schatz

Grief & Loss:

Useful Websites & Links:

Bereaved Families of Ontario:

Hospice of Waterloo Region:

Useful Books:

Writing to Heal the Soul:  Transforming Grief and Loss Through Writing by Susan Zimmerman


Useful Websites & Links:

The Association of Parent Support Groups of Ontario:

Mindfulness Resources for Home –

The Psychology Foundation of Canada –

Website on teen mental health – Dr. Stan Kutcher – Dalhousie University:

The Teenage Brain Explained by SCI SHOW – – a short and concise description of brain development for teens (10 mins)

Effects of Cannabis on the Human Brain – a short description of how cannabis can affect the developing teen brain (5 mins)

Frances Jansen on The Teenage Brain (also a book) – as aired on CBC’s The Current

Useful books:

Everyday  Blessings:  The Inner Work of  Mindful Parenting (2014 revised) by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Staying Connected to Your Teenager:  How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They’re Really Saying & Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers (3rd ed) by Michael Riera, PhD


Useful Websites & Links:

From CBC’s Tapestry – A God That Could be Real:

Useful Books:

A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating to a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World by Thomas Moore

When Things Fall Apart:  Heart Advice in Difficult Times by  Pema Chodron

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