Posts Written OnMay 2017

Amanda Miller will be the first to admit she hasn’t always…um…let’s say, “lived the healthiest of lifestyles.” For the first half of her 20s, she spent more than her fair share of time waking up with a hangover and working it off by partying again the next night. A good chunk of the second half of her 20s was spent traveling around Australia, New Zealand and Asia, living a similar lifestyle. She never thought she’d be anything of significance in the world. And she’d become…kind of okay with that. “It seemed like, I don’t know, like ’becoming something’ was a…

Local support society helps men dealing with trauma and abuse By: Mike Davies There are many government funded – or subsidized – programs out there that help women who are being abused or dealing with the trauma associated with abuse. And rightly so. But the same cannot be said about services for men, according to the North Island Survivors’ Healing Society, which is trying to change that. The local society has been offering subsidized counselling services for men – without government funding – for 14 years. “Sadly, there are a large number of women who have been abused,” says Janet…

By: Mike Davies John Howard, the son of a wealthy British upholsterer, was captured by French privateers while traveling on a ship called the Hanover way back in the 1700s. He was transferred around to a few prisons before being released and returned to his home country in exchange for a French officer held by his own government at the time. The treatment he received at the hands of the French is widely believed to be the impetus for his life of advocacy. With no true vocation of his own, upon his return to Britain he launched into a life…

Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is a Japanese concept growing in popularity By Alistair Taylor I’ve always sort of intuitively known about the therapeutic value of being in a forest. Now I know that value has a name and is, in fact, the latest popular trend in health and wellness. It’s known as forest bathing. As a child growing up, I lived most of my life on the doorstep of wilderness. The eastern woodlands of Labrador, the verdant rainforest of Haida Gwaii and the parched freeze-dried, subarctic woods of the Yukon. The forest was always accessible to me, particularly when I…

Local club builds awareness and raises funds for the fight against mental illness By: Mike Davies This year marks the fifth annual running of the Defeat Depression Walk here in Campbell River, which Beacon Club administrator Robyn Ellsworth says is an excellent opportunity to raise both awareness surrounding mental health issues in our community and funds to fight for those who live with these issues every day of their lives. “Mental health is important for everybody,” Ellsworth says. “Whether it’s stress at work or just having a million things on the go in life. But then there are the more…