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How talking to someone can help

Everyone goes through tough times. Learn the benefits of talking to someone about how you're feeling.


Shyness does not have to rule your life. Learn about the symptoms, causes and what you can do to manage your shyness.

Mental illness overview

Mental health problems are common in at least one out of every five people. Learn about some of the causes and types of mental health problems and treatment.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is frequently used by therapists. Learn more about CBT and the ways it can help.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by an uncontrollable worry about everyday situations. Learn about the symptoms and causes and how they can be treated.

I think I need a different counselor

Questioning whether your counselor is right for you? It is important to be able to trust any counselor you go to. Read some questions to help you decide.


This fact sheet can help you better understand mindfulness as relaxation tool and the best ways to practice it in your daily life.

Putting pressure on yourself

We all perceive rules that underlie many of the things that we do, known as 'shoulds'. Sometimes these can make us feel bad. Learn about converting these to 'preferences' instead.


Learn about signs of unhealthy perfectionism and what you can do to change self-critical thoughts and feelings.

Racism and mental health

Get the facts on how racism impacts mental health.

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