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picture 623dpfr banner workingThe definitive guide to bullying prevention and intervention, by best-selling author Barbara Coloroso, provides real solutions for a problem that affects young people all over the world.

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picture 620aBarbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 38 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.

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picture 615a“In psychology we call this ‘cognitive openings,’ when you peel away your old ideas and you’re in a fragile frame of mind; you’re looking for some guidance and leadership.”

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It might be time to winterproof your mental health

January 9th, 2015 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Guy_with_an_umbrella_battling_rain_and_snow_on_a_bridgeSome people say mid-winter is the most depressing time of year—when cold and dark days, holiday bills, and already-lapsed new year’s resolutions catch up with us

Whether you believe that or not, it’s never a bad time to reflect on how time-of-year stresses and opportunities can affect your mental health. HeretoHelp.bc.ca, British Columbia’s nationally-acclaimed website on mental health and substance use, offers 8 tips to winterproof your mental well-being. “These tips are great for everyone, but even more so if you live with or at risk of a mental illness,” says Sarah Hamid-Balma, HeretoHelp’s coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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Family conflict often underlies youth homelessness, and many homeless youth are fleeing abuse or leaving the care of child welfare services

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Many different terms are used to describe young people who are homeless, including including street youth, street kids, runaways, homeless youth, etc. According to The Homeless Hub, youth homelessness refers to young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, and importantly, lack many of the social supports deemed necessary for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

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A women’s self-defense workshop held in late August was attended by over 20 women, prompting organizers to plan for another in September

picture 585Vancouver Island Jiu Jitsu instructor (“professor”) Robert Biernacki and colleague Cathal Walsh offered a women’s self defense workshop in the late summer to introduce concepts related to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, considered to be among the most proven methods of self defense known. Media in both the U.S. and Canada have reported a signficant increase in demand among women for self-defense workshops and courses, and gyms, police departments and colleges are responding to the demand by offering courses to students and community members.

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