Marie Amos

Keeping young minds engaged

A summer spent in front of the TV or playing video games doesn’t offer as many benefits for a young people, writes Marie Amos.

How to train your child’s brain

Kids’ brains are still under construction, to the frustration of many parents and teachers. But we can help.

Column: Mastering ‘non-judgemental mindfulness’

Mindfulness can be paired with another calming tool called taking a non-judgmental stance.

Perspectives: Why romantic love makes sense

Society portrays romantic love as something outside of us, but every day we make choices to connect or disconnect from our romantic partner.

Perspectives: Making your influence count

A parent and caregiver plays a large role in the development of young people’s emotional brain structure.

Sharon Gaetz on Chilliwack’s Child and Youth Committee Consultation

Exploring some of the people behind the Child and Youth Committee Consultation – now marking its 20th year.

Focus on the small in 2013

The practice of New Year’s resolutions is a way of clearing the slate- starting fresh with big plans for how this year will be different.

Keeping it positive in the workplace

The third and most powerful and lasting way to be happy is meaning, which consists of making the world a better place.

Getting the straight goods on kids and crime

Over-represented in the criminal justice system are kids who are non-high school graduates.

Hope available for those with ADD

Dr. Amen and new research into Attention Deficit Disorder

If life is giving you lemons…

This week’s Perspectives column continues the series on cognitive distortions- unhealthy mental habits that can have a detrimental impact on our overall well-being. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “if life gives you lemons; make lemonade” or “is your glass half-full, or half-empty” then you already know the basics of focusing on the negative and discounting the positive.

Maintaining balance

What cognitive distortions all have in common is that they contribute to us feeling down, helpless, defeated and less resilient. We can fall into the overgeneralization trap very easily. If I hit a red light at Five Corners I might think “I always get this red light.” I need to balance this out by consciously recalling all the times the light is green and I cruise through the intersection without needing to stop.

Mental health in the workplace

Earlier this month, annual Mental Health Awareness week strove to increase our…

Youth suicide: A Chilliwack prevention model

Recently, our community moved to a prevention model for teen suicide prevention. Emergency response to young people who are suicidal is still available through the Chilliwack Hospital Emergency Room, and Adolescent Crisis Response and Prevention (ACRP).