Newsletter Archive


Is your mood and energy so low this time of year that you think you could have “winter blues” or seasonal affective disorder? Read on to learn about the difference between the two, the symptoms, and coping strategies.


So often, people recognize that betrayal leads to mistrust. Rarely, however, do they consider how mistrust can also set the stage for betrayal. The two issues can (but don’t have to) create a vicious downward spiral leading to the end of a relationship. When we tell ourselves that we can’t rely on our partners, that they don’t understand our wants and needs, and maybe that they don’t even care to, we are primed to start noticing how green and lush the grass looks on the other side of the fence.


 Talk to any busy mom or dad, and you know that raising a family can be a challenging undertaking. We usually develop our family structure based on how we were raised. It’s often referred to as our “normal” and the only thing we know. These behaviors may or may not contribute to creating a healthy and loving family.


Holiday family get-togethers can be stressful. All of those old childhood wounds can get reopened, and, in some families, new issues are created. Even in families that appear to get along, unvoiced resentments from the past can linger behind a mask of normalcy. You can relax and enjoy your family this holiday season with a few simple tips.


Michelle was struggling with depression as she was building up the courage to get a divorce. Stuck in an abusive relationship, she felt that she had no control of her life. Even with her husband working out of town Michelle still found herself living with restrictions.


Our brain functions are not set in stone by any particular age; they can change across our entire lifetime. In other words, you can heal from early adversity, even if it’s taken a real toll on you. Here are a few things to consider trying throughout your journey towards healing:


Here are some tips that might alleviate some fears for your child as they begin the transition into a new school year.


Robyn knew she needed a change because she wasn’t able to cope anymore. She was depressed and felt helpless and out of control of her life. She was constantly in a heightened state, had difficulty sleeping, and was unhappy and anxious.


Our in-home family support program, Roots and Wings, was created in 1995 as a response to a growing need that Edmonton caregivers had identified: individualized support with parenting. The type of support that was accessible, and addressed complex issues such as the impacts of poverty, mental health, addictions, adverse childhood effects, and trauma. The Family Centre chose to evaluate Roots and Wings partly due to the length of time the program had been in operation.


Martina’s Story

June 21, 2017

In the fall of 2016, Martina, a mother of two, was not in a good place. "My son was incarcerated, and it was very hard for me. I became depressed and closed off. The principal at my daughter’s school noticed that I wasn’t doing well and asked if I’d like...