Anxiety Canada STRIDES Winter 2016 Newsletter

In STRIDES... Movember and Men's Mental Health, Anxiety Canada in the Community, A Little OCD?, Anxiety During Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year, and the top posts and videos of the month.

Message from the Executive Director

As 2016 comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Anxiety Canada Ambassadors and donors – the support we receive makes it possible for us to maintain, update, and create trusted self-help resources and expand our community programs. Over the past couple of months, Anxiety Canada had the pleasure of participating in several events; the BC School Counsellors Conference, Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference, and we also partnered with The Chan Centre and UBC’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for a panel discussion about obsessive compulsive disorder, titled: A Little OCD? Our participation in these programs would not be possible if it weren't for the support we receive, so thank you.

December 5th was International Volunteer Day, so I’ll also take this opportunity to express my gratitude towards all the Anxiety Canada volunteers. Our volunteers put in countless hours to help us provide programs, services, as well as create awareness through efforts such as our MindShift Gala. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of our association over the past year and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

If there is someone who you think could benefit from being part of our community, suggest that s/he follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. As we often say “Small steps can lead to big change.”

Movember and Men's Mental Health - My Story, by Henry Allan

Movember has ended, so we'd like to give a shout out to all the people who discarded their razors in support of prostate cancer and men's mental health. Anxiety Canada is pleased to share Movember supporter, Henry Allan’s story with you.

Anxiety Canada In the Community - BCSCA Conference 2016

In October, Dr. Kristin Buhr, a regular collaborator of Anxiety Canada, presented a workshop at the BC School Counsellors Conference titled: Strategies and Resources for Helping Youth Manage Anxiety. Kristen talked to the counsellors about effective strategies and resources for helping youth manage anxiety.

Anxiety Canada In the Community - Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference

Kwantlen Polytechnic University hosted the second annual Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference in October. Dr. Gabriela Ionita, a collaborator with Anxiety Canada, was invited to be the keynote speaker. Dr. Ionita provided an overview about anxiety in young adults and discussed what strategies and resources students can use to help them manage their anxiety.

Anxiety affects us all, young, and old, rich, and poor

Even though the cardiologist reassured him his heart was fine, he couldn’t stop worrying about his health. “My mind was totally focused on the symptoms in my body—a tight chest, a little dizziness. Every small symptom would trigger a panic attack,” he said. As he spent entire days scanning his body for illness, his old life melted away. He stopped going out in public because restaurants made his back spasm and busy streets caused hyperventilation. He quit his job, drifted, and eventually went bankrupt. “I didn’t enjoy life anymore,” he said.

Anxiety Canada Youth Resources

Do you know of a teen or young adult who can benefit from some tools to help stop anxiety from controlling his or her life? Did you know that we have an app for that?

A Little OCD?

Anxiety Canada had the pleasure of partnering with The Chan Centre and UBC’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for a panel discussion about obsessive compulsive disorder, titled: A Little OCD? The public was invited to come out and learn more about OCD from the panel featuring writer and slam poet Brendan McLeod; co-founder of OCDbc Bruce Mackenzie; inspirational youth with lived experience, Leah John; and registered psychologists Dr. Melisa Robichaud and Dr. Juliana Negreiros.

Perinatal Anxiety: Anxiety During Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year

A baby! A beautiful new little bundle of joy. Pregnancy and early parenthood can indeed be a joyful period for some. Unfortunately, for many new moms, the time during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child is less about coochie coos and more about anxiety and the blues. Anxiety Canada aims to raise awareness about what perinatal anxiety is and how to effectively deal with it. Read the blog…

I Am That Parent – A Message from a Parent of An Anxious Child

I’m a parent of an anxious child. Like all parents, I’m sleep deprived and consumed with getting my child off to school on time – but sometimes this is where our similarities end. For me, accomplishing what parents may consider as the most regular of activities can sometimes feel near impossible. Activities, such as having playdates or taking swimming lessons are a cause of stress and anxiety for my child.

Top Posts for November

The team at Anxiety Canada is working hard to post stories that resonate with our audience. If there is something that you want to see, let us know! Drop us a line at Here are the top Facebook posts for November…

Top Videos for November

The Anxiety Canada YouTube Channel has over 50 videos on anxiety-related topics including social anxiety, selective mutism, and panic disorder – to name a few. The following videos were viewed the most in November. Check out the videos below, and be sure to subscribe to our channel.