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The horrible killings in Nova Scotia

My deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the victims of the unspeakable mass murder that took place in Nova Scotia on Sunday, April 19, 2020. The pain of the COVID pandemic has now been compounded in an unimaginable way for the people of Nova Scotia and indeed for all us here in Canada.

As a psychologist, I view these events through the lens of mental health. Humans are resilient. More resilient than most people realize, but horrible events such as those that happened in Nova Scoria will only add to the general sense of distress and fear that many people across Canada are experiencing.

When distressed or traumatized by events going on in the world that are outside of your control, it is very important to reach out to speak to others about your feelings.

  • Talk to family friends and neighbours. Check-in with them about how they are feeling and coping.

  • Write down your thoughts in a journal.

  • Try not to spend too much time scouring social media for information.

  • Practice mindfulness.

  • Do small acts of kindness for yourself (play your favourite music, look at photos of places you love, have a bubble bath).

  • Do small acts of kindness for others in your community

If you are experiencing any kind of mental health emergency at this time, or many others, please do not hesitate to call 911 for help. Mental health resources in your community across Canada can be located at eMental Health.

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