• A Unique Challenge for Music Workers

    The world is full of songs of loss and love—but few losses are felt in the music community as deeply as those of the artists and friends we’ve lost to addiction and substance use. Much has been said of the “creative personality” and it’s pre-disposition to addiction, but the physiological, psychological and social factors that […]

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  • Keep Conflict Healthy

    Conflict is a normal part of a healthy relationship—even the very closest people can’t agree all the time. Deeper than just a disagreement, a conflict can trigger strong emotions, and when handled poorly it can cause lasting resentment and permanent rifts. However, when conflict is handled in a healthy way, it can strengthen our understanding […]

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  • The Most Joyous Time of the Year — Mostly

    Please Remember: Unison’s free, confidential counselling hotline is available to help with problems big and small this holiday season. Visit unisonfund.ca/counselling-health/ to learn more. Although December can be full of cheerful connections with family and friends, it can also be a month that brings a great deal of stress and frustration. The to-do list gets […]

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  • Tools For You and Your Family for Mental Health Awareness Week

    One in five Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime so it’s crucial that we acknowledge its impact on us and our families. Although many of us understand mental illness is a medical condition, there is still a great deal of stigma and misunderstanding that can prevent someone from seeking and getting help when […]

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  • More Than Just ‘For Pleasure’ Reading Busts Stress and Boosts Creativity

    Did you know 16% of Canadians won’t read a single book this year? Of course, that doesn’t mean they aren’t reading. Tweets, status updates, texts, and emails can dominate our workday, but they don’t provide the same benefits that picking up a book—or an e-reader—will. Reading Relaxes According to cognitive neuropsychologists at the University of […]

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  • Speaking Up Against Stigma Starting at Home

    In this month’s Healthy Living Guide we are featuring two East Coast artists who have taken up the fight against the stigma of mental illness and are offering support and solutions in their own communities. Amelia Curran became a mental health advocate after recognizing the struggling support systems in her own province, and will be […]

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  • Dream Big. Start Small. Make Changes One Day at a Time.

    Have you ever sat down, taken stock and decided to change a whole host of things about your life? Did you get overwhelmed quickly and sink back into your old, comfortable patterns? You’re not alone. We all have good habits we’d like to adopt, or bad ones we want to quit. Maybe it’s eating better, […]

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  • How To Speak To Someone In Crisis

    It can be difficult to know where to begin when someone you care about is in crisis. Here are some things to keep in mind when supporting someone through a difficult time. Connect With Them People in the throws of a crisis often feel alienated and withdraw from friends and family. If someone you know […]

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  • How’s Your Hearing Health?

    What do Phil Collins, Ozzy Osbourne and will.i.am have in common? They have all struggled with hearing health. Hearing is an essential tool for not just for musicians, but for all of us in this industry. The frequent, prolonged exposure to the loud volume of concerts and crowds puts music industry professionals at greater risk […]

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