Youth and Hate

Teenagers ask all kinds of questions, about anything if you invite them, and so I wasn’t surprised to be asked many questions about hate last Friday. Last Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand is very frightening for people of all ages. For many of the questions I was asked, I had some answers. I…

Cyberbullying by App

I have written about cyberbullying before. In fact, I have spoken on numerous occasions about cyberbullying and helped to develop information for parents, educators and child welfare experts on how to prevent cyberbullying. However, it seems as though the efforts of bullies are more powerful those of people like you and me who would prevent…

How to Deal with a Bully

I had my first experience with bullying when I was 5 years old. Struggling with my high energy and tendency to experiment with dangerous household items, my mother was able to convince the school principal to let me start Grade 1 early. I was noticeably shorter than all the other kids around me and by…

The Sundancer

Since I participated in a Blanket Exercise about one month ago, I have given much time to contemplating how I can be a better psychiatrist to indigenous youth. It happened that around the same time that I participated in the Blanket Exercise, I was also reading a book, Little Yellow House, by Carissa Halton. One…

Treaty People

Last month, I read a book by Edmonton Author Carissa Halton called Little Yellow House. I had been thinking a great deal about my own journey toward Truth and Reconciliation and one chapter in this book affected my consideration, especially after participating in the Blanket Exercise, as I described last week. Last week’s blog was…

Brothers

I was waiting in the grocery store line last week, watching two preschool siblings. They were clearly both getting tired and a bit bored so they decided to entertain themselves by fighting with each other. As they snatched snacks from the grocery cart and then ripped them out of each other’s hands, I felt very…