Mental Health

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

published: November, 05, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Mental Health, Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Events, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

ACT’s third Community Health Forum in the current series is on new thinking and strategies with regard to HIV and mental health. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

The third workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  The topic this month is HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies. Topics to be discussed at this forum include:  Mental illness is common in HIV, whether present before infection or as a complication of living with HIV Op

A Mind of Her Own

published: October, 18, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV

Long-term survivor Maggie Atkinson adds cognitive problems to her list of HIV-related issues. Here she takes a walk down memory lane and shares what she’s learned about protecting her brain.

A Mind of Her Own

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE. Une version française est disponible ici.  I FIRST NOTICED a slight reduction in my ability to think clearly in 1993, when my CD4+ cell count fell below 200. I just didn’t feel as sharp. A year later, when I got PCP, the life-threatening pneumonia that is a hallmark of AIDS, my handwriting deteriorated so much that I had to concentrate to write legibly. About five years ago, I started having trouble remembering n

Shane’s 40-year journey to self-acceptance

published: October, 08, 2012 Categories // Mental Health, Health

Beyond Blue: Christopher Banks introduces the campaign designed to address depression and mental health issues in the LGBT community.

Shane is a handsome, articulate 41-year-old gay man who looks confident in himself and seems to have his life in order.  It wasn’t until appearing in Beyond Blue’s new campaign to raise awareness about depression in LGBT communities that he actually began to believe that himself. In the video of his personal story, he mentions that it was only twelve months ago that he truly began to like himself – that’s the corrosive effect that depression and anxiety has had on his life, beginnin

How to live well with HIV

published: September, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, As Prevention , General Health, Mental Health, Events, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Robin Rhodes of ACT about his agency’s monthly educational workshops for people living with HIV - workshops that are now webcast across Canada and around the world.

How to live well with HIV

For those of us who work or volunteer in the HIV sector, there are often opportunities to attend workshops and conferences about new developments in HIV prevention and treatment and, for those of us living with HIV, on managing our heath in all of its dimensions - physical, emotional and spiritual. For most other HIVers though, such opportunities are not as readily available, due to cost, time, location or inclination. This is where the Community Health Forums put on by the AIDS Committee of

Inner well being and the importance of a smile.

published: August, 06, 2012 Categories // Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Nathaniel Casco puts on his inner smiley face for his take on what we need to do to improve our health and wellness.

Inner well being.  What does it mean? Where does it come from? Who invented this phrase? I have been doing a fair amount of reading about healthy habits and inner well being. I have been focusing on HIV but noticing more and more that it’s the same, whether you are HIV+ or not. Everywhere I look I read and see the same lines about keeping well. Eat smarter. Eat healthy. Get fit. Exercise more. Stay fit. Take vitamins. Drink supplements. Drink more water. Drink less alcohol. Don't do recre

I have a secret

published: July, 12, 2012 Categories // Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV

Stuffed animals are just the start. MT O’Shaughnessy on his own private coping mechanism.

I was stretched out on a table, getting a tattoo, swimming in sweat.  I ended up becoming so intensely wrapped up in the pain that I remember thinking how much I was going to love not being there.  Then in one of those moments of accidental discovery that ends up resonating for the rest of your life, my hand happened to hit my hip on the opposite side of my body.  Brush up against it.  From the smallest gesture, an unintentional flick of muscle as I tried not to move around, I made contac

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

published: June, 05, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Marco Posadas about TowelTalk, a bathhouse counselling program that seeks to address the psychosocial issues that have an impact on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

For many years, outreach workers and volunteers from community-based organizations have worked with bathhouses to provide HIV and STI awareness, prevention and education services to bathhouse patrons. ACT, a Toronto ASO, has augmented these sexual health promotion activities through TowelTalk. This innovative program offers brief, walk-in counselling sessions in the bathhouse by professionally trained counsellors. The objective is to address the psychosocial issues that can have an i

Higher ground.

published: May, 08, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denis Robinson “Higher ground s the place I have retreated to of late. Please understand it’s not a moral high ground - anyone that knows me would get that instantly - but a higher ground that offers some protection from the tsunami below.

This post won’t be about HIV. At the moment my view on that is an adaption of a recent Stonewall campaign “Some people are Positive, Get over it.”  Some of you who have read my posts here before know that I have to deal with a much more insidious and debilitating condition than HIV, and that’s depression. And I have been battling with it on a huge scale of late. It’s quite a lonely fight, I’ll be frank with you. People want to help and try to engage to help pull you from the mo

For the Health of It

published: April, 28, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors

Guest writer and naturopathic doctor Timothy Swift asks “So how is your emotional health as we enter, spring and summer and bathing suit season? Good, sort of good, lousy, in the toilet?”

For the Health of It

Emotional health is as important as is physical health.  You may be at the gym everyday, eating no carbs, no fat and lots of protein, but you have body aches, you feel down or depressed.  You are obsessed about everything you eat, what you wear, how you look. Perhaps you have developed an inflated opinion of yourself.  Do you put others down to make yourself feel good?  Have you found yourself criticizing others as a way to shift the focus off yourself?  Do you find the need to always ha

Depression

published: April, 11, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Nicholas Wise: “When I look back on my time in Beaumont, I’m thankful for . .going through what I did because I realized that nothing is that hard to deal with when I have family, friends, and loved ones around. “

This article has been hard to write for many reasons, the biggest of which is that it hits close to home. I do want to stress that I am not a licensed therapist nor have I had any training on this; these are my own thoughts, feelings, and opinions. My family has a history with depression. Luckily I can say with the exception of my mom’s uncle, we are still all here today and doing a lot better.  I’ve tried to kill myself twice because I was unhappy with where my life was going, because I

Swimming along in the winter that wasn't.

published: March, 04, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Brian Finch

I’m off to Hamilton this next week for another set before my big performance coming up at the end of the month for the Downtown Swim Club’s 25th anniversary event.

Swimming along in the winter that wasn't.

Every year I dread winter. This year is no different, especially because this winter I’m not able to get away at all. The SADS sets in, and all goes to hell for a while. Mother nature had different plans this year. In Toronto it has been the winter that wasn’t. Never in my life have I experienced such a mild Canadian winter. It’s kind of freakish. If this is global warming, I’m buying a car. I don’t need to drive, I’ll just let it sit and idle all day. I could get used to this.

ACT Community Health Forum: HIV & the effects of other conditions

published: February, 09, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Mental Health, Events, Health, Events

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, online broadcast also available.

ACT Community Health Forum: HIV & the effects of other conditions

ACT Community Health ForumHIV AND THE EFFECTS OF OTHER CONDITIONS Wednesday February 15th.  2012   7-9pm. Eastern time also via web cast: www.actornto.org/forum Ramada Plaza Hotel. 300 Jarvis StreetToronto  

Reaching the boiling point.

published: December, 09, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says “something I heard triggered me, I became a kettle, boiling with a cork in it. The result? I found a part of my SELF”

Reaching the boiling point.

Saturday morning, December 3, 2011. I am sitting in a "checking in" circle at a Facilitation Training weekend event. I sit with my feet planted flat on the floor, sitting up straight, hands on my thighs with palms up and relaxed, eyes closed. I am instructed to breathe deep through my nose, hold a few seconds then blow out and make noise while exhaling. The facilitator then instructs us to visualize when we were young, to see our loving parents caring and guiding us, vision ourselves crafting

Vitamin D (Le français suit)

published: November, 17, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Vitamins - Supplements

With winter’s dark days approaching, CATIE tells you what you need to know about the sunshine vitamin. À l’approche des journées sombres de l’hiver, CATIE vous révèle ce que vous devez savoir sur la vitamine-soleil

Vitamin D (Le français suit)

Dark_Sun.jpg credit: By Scrumshus, via Wikamedia Commons Our fearless leader here on positivelite.com, Brian Finch, recently wrote about his first visit with his new naturopath. In it he comments on the improvements he's felt since he upped his intake of vitamin D. CATIE is not above riding on the coattails of fearless leaders, so in this posting, we are going to talk about vitamin D and what you should know as a person living with HIV. Vitamin D has been in the news repeatedly ov

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

published: October, 31, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow remembers his problems with memory loss. Is it aging, HIV-related or something else?

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

Today I showed up for my doctor's office to get my annual flu shot, only to find out.....its tomorrow. Lucky for me, my doctor and my AIDS Servicer Organzation are in the same office. So while I was there I was able to report my volunteer hours that I forgot to email in, so it wasn't a total screw up. I don't quite remember when my memory started to get bad, I do remember I was way too young for it to be happening. It just sort of came on and then just got more noticeable. I was in my mid to l

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