Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Mental Health?

  Has COVID-19 impacted your financial well-being and mental health?   Out From the Shadows Consulting Inc. is offering 10 separate gifts of $100 to deserving individuals in need. To be eligible submit 250 – 400 words explaining how COVID-19 has negatively impacted your life, and what you have done for your mental wellness during this challenging time. We will be sharing these strategies through social media as a means of supporting each other. Please note that all names and personal information will be kept confidential. Submissions are due on Friday, March 27th and can be entered at https://www.outfromtheshadows.ca/contact/ Gifts…

Addiction and Cancer: Treating Diseases Differently

  Brad has seen how people treat diseases differently. When he was going through addiction, people crossed the street to get away from him. Meanwhile, when he was going through his cancer treatments, people wanted to get closer to him. Whether Brad was battling addictions or cancer, he was still the same person suffering. His experience speaks volumes to the stigma that still exists around drug and alcohol addictions. Education and understanding will reveal that we all deserve love and respect.        Brad’s story Becoming the Father I Knew I Could Be   is featured in MENtal Health:…

Healing Words from the Former Humboldt Broncos Assistant Coach

I don’t know about you, but I found it really difficult to examine my pain. It was easier to project my pain onto others, turn to alcohol in an attempt to escape it, or immerse myself into work. Healing is work.   Chris Beaudry reminds us of this truth. Now, it’s impossible to comprehend what Chris pulled up to that fateful April evening, and what transpired over the following days. But what is evident is that in order for Chris to heal, he had to go through the middle of his pain. The following video explains not only what he saw as…

Don't Fix. Listen.

Have you ever tried to fix someone? Did it work? As a counselor and even as a friend, it took me a long time to understand that I had no right to fix someone. Who am I to decide what is best for another individual? To truly understand someone means that I have to listen to them. However, talking about one’s challenges does not come easy for many. After letting an individual know that I would be happy to listen if they needed to talk, the ball was now in their court. When they were ready for a conversation, it…

4 Lessons Learned from Suicide

Silence is not the answer. It’s time to talk openly about suicide.   I have spent the last few months traveling to several communities to discuss this prevalent issue of suicide, and I wanted to share a few of the lessons I have learned. 1. Ask the tough question, “Are you feeling suicidal?” Pay attention to the guts. If you think there is a problem then there probably is. At that point it is important to ask this difficult question. Yet, I think we fear asking the question because we fear the response. What happens if the person you care about…

How I Made A Living Doing What I Love

Last week I was reunited with Ray Reshke, the man responsible for starting my speaking career. At the time, I was only a few months into my recovery from a gambling addiction that damn near killed me. I attended various Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Edmonton, and repeatedly, I was the only young male in attendance. Knowing that there were other young men just like me that suffered in silence, I was motivated to make some noise. I turned to google and quickly found the Problem Gamblers Resource Network, a small non-profit organization that focused on educating society about this prevalent…