My name is Esther Dark; I am a UK-based Occupational Therapist currently performing in community mental health care. In the UK, there has been a shift in the way we treat mental health illness from institutionalised care, to a greater emphasis of working with patients in their local communities (NHS Long Term Plan, 2019) through […]

On the 10th October, we celebrated World Mental Health Day!  There has been a growing movement to recognise that our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and both should be treated and recognised with parity of esteem.  How can we take care of our mental health?  Our solution may be found […]

With COVID-19 placing a strain on our emotional wellbeing (Office for National Statistics, 2020), this year’s World Mental Health Day is even more pertinent to discuss and raise the profile of mental health illness. However, all too often the terms mental health and mental health illness are used interchangeably as if they are synonymous with […]

I’m an Occupational Therapist who has recently relocated from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island, Canada. I have been self-isolating due to symptoms, and when the 14-day recommended quarantine is up, I will be working as an Acute Care Therapist.    For this blog, I want to provide you with some tips that have helped […]

Quarantine and social distancing can be really hard to deal with as a teen – especially if you thrive on social connections and you may be missing out on special events such as graduation, exams, and prom. It’s completely okay to feel anxious, frustrated or bored during this time; and if you’re worried about the […]

Every day of self-isolation, I go for a 30-minute walk around my local lake at noon and 5pm. Everyday, rain or shine. The first few days I was reluctant, nervous, a little uncomfortable with the thoughts of this new norm of physically distancing myself from others. I started slow, I made a plan. I carry […]

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I have seen so many wonderful and helpful tools and tricks on how to cope during COVID-19. With the plethora of mental health tips and knowledge, I have summarised some emotional themes that relate to: 1) what many of us are feeling, and  2) what many of us need.    These emotional themes and needs […]

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I don’t know about you but I have noticed a significant shift in my ability to fall asleep with everything going on right now. I seem to get into bed and my mind begins to race with trying to find solutions to the uncertainty I am feeling and worrying about anything I can. My new […]

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Well that was fast…. with all the changes afoot due to COVID-19, our healthy routines have gone a bit sideways. We’re a busy family who normally prioritizes well-being and sticks to healthy habits to stay on track. This includes packing balanced lunches the night before, waking early to go to the gym, sitting together for most dinners, […]

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My garden has been a great way to connect with others. Sharing my planning and photos of my progress on social media, or giving a friend a garden tour as we video chat on our devices both inspires me to do and share more, and I hope inspires others to do the same. This year, I happen to have a garden bed, but other years, I did similar growing but in the planters on my deck.

arch of seeds (wildflowers, basil, carrots, beets, onions, melons, cucumbers, and sweet peas) in front of a monthly calendar, with march in dark green, April in light blue, May in pink, June in light green, July in red, and August in orange.