Alive & Awake

Welcome to the alive&awake website!   Here's my take on our theme for November & December, The Final Chapter. Make sure you check all 4 new blogs below...

It was 3 years ago this month that we launched this newsletter and website, and it has been such a privilege to provide a forum for so many generous and knowledgeable experts and laypeople alike to share their wisdom and wit. As you know, mental health is an issue near and dear to me, and alive&awake has been an opportunity for me to learn and grow along with you, and to share the music that inspired the newsletter.

alive&awake was a 3-CD journey of hope and healing, and it has now come to an end. Subscribers received a free music download from my albums each month, as my contribution to your wellness journey. This will be the last issue of the newsletter as a forum focused on mental health as I move on to other projects. I will of course continue in my advocacy work with mental health alongside my creative work with music. I am so grateful to have experienced this great resource with all of you, and I will  stay connected with you about my upcoming projects.

In this issue, we complete the newsletter and the year with the same high quality you’ve come to expect from our bloggers. I want to thank Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in particular for their generous partnership. Every month, one of 10 of their busy psychiatrists dispensed sound advice and leading-edge information to our readers. It seems fitting that the last word would come from Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Dr. Ari Zaretsky. 

As Dr. Zaretsky shares a variety of challenges and solutions in dealing with upcoming holiday stress, Dr. Barry Taylor focuses specifically on natural solutions for those creeping blues that come up as the days get shorter. I’ve also contributed a blog on dealing with both the loss of a loved one and appreciating those still with us, and our editor and regular contributor, Terri Catlin, wraps up with a thoughtful and fitting piece on the value of being true to oneself.

Thank you for being a part of this final chapter, and may you continue on the wellness path.


To your health, with love,

05th Jan 2014

Emotional Homework

By Dr. Elyse Dubo For parents with children away at university, it can be a giant leap of faith to step back and let their young adult children be independent,...

05th Jan 2014

Moving Pictures ™ – The Lives of Others

By Terri Catlin The first time I watched The Lives of Others, I was alone on the couch. When my husband came out of the bedroom at the end of...

08th Dec 2013

Talk is Not Cheap

By Dr. Ari Zaretsky Psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) can be an important part of treatment for anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression.) A good therapist can help...

08th Dec 2013

Holiday Eating Habits

by Rose Reisman With the holiday season on the horizon, we look forward to all the festivities that usually translate to food, food and more food. Indulging in excessive amounts...

08th Dec 2013

Love The Family You’re With This Holiday

By Tallie Rabin-Claasen As the holidays approach, while some anticipate a much awaited celebration, others anticipate a time of difficulty and heartache. As a coach for people divorcing or divorced,...

08th Dec 2013

PPD Survivor to Thriver

By Patricia Tomasi When I tell people that postpartum mood disorder was the key to my kick ass life, they want to know more. When my beautiful daughter, Eva, was...

10th Nov 2013

Post-Partum Depression

By Dr. Sophie Grigoriadis  It’s unfortunate, but many women experience depression during pregnancy and the postpartum. They typically suffer in silence and are, too frequently, ashamed to tell their stories....

10th Nov 2013

Smart Dancing

by Sarina Condello, PhD Dance is my passion. I have danced with children, artists, communities, seniors and performers from all over the world. Dance to me is the most extraordinary of...

10th Nov 2013

We Are Family

By Toni Grates It was a Thursday afternoon in May and I needed a break from other things.  So, I headed to Facebook to engage in mindless activity and look at...

10th Nov 2013

Be Straight With Yourself

By Amy Riley There’s a lot of emphasis today about the power of positive thinking. And I agree that there is great value in this practice. Yet, at the same...