Archive: June, 2011

My best friend is getting a divorce – and I’m ecstatic

The question: My best friend is getting a divorce – and I’m ecstatic. His husband never treated him properly, and I think it’s long overdue. Do I have to act sad because my friend is? I’m trying to enforce the silver lining, but maybe I should just pretend to be devastated?   The answer: The […]

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My adult daughter hates my boyfriend. Is she being a child?

The question: My daughter hates that I’m dating. She’s 32; I’m 65. Her dad has never been in the picture, but now that I’ve found a serious relationship, she’s having real trouble accepting another person having my attention. What can I do?   The answer: Kids – even when they’re adults – can have trouble […]

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Dr. Samra presents at the UBC Summer Institute on Workplace Wellness June 24, 2011

Dr. Samra presents “Strengthening the Case for Psychological Health and Wellness in the Workplace” at the UBC Summer Institute on Workplace Wellness at the CK Choi Building, UBC Vancouver campus on June 22-24, 2011.   The well-being of your employees enhance productivity, strengthens job satisfaction and generates creativity. This workshop offers practical tools and proven […]

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Consortium on workplace mental health to be created

Announcement from GWL Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace We are extremely pleased to announce that our three organizations – Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario), Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – are coming together in a collaborative effort to promote the prevention, intervention and […]

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I fight all the time with a good friend. Should I break up with her?

The question: I fight regularly with a good friend of mine. We’ve been close for years, but I feel we’re just two different women now. Is it okay to officially break up with her, or should I just let it dwindle?   The answer: Ah, the challenge of dealing with an evolving friendship can be […]

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National Standard of Canada for psychological health and safety in the workplace to be developed

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARD FOR CANADIAN WORKPLACES: Standard supports Canadian employers and employees in improving work environments   Canadian employers will have increased support for improving the psychological health and safety of their employees with the development of a new Canada‐wide standard, the Mental Health Commission of Canada said today at a public event […]

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Canuck faithful still boast unwavering belief; when Canucks hit the ice tonight for the final game of their season, they will be buoyed by the support of thousands of adoring fans who are keeping the faith

(by Mike Hagar, CanWest)   When the Canucks hit the ice tonight for the final game of their season, they will be buoyed by the support of thousands of adoring fans who are keeping the faith.   Chanting, cheering supporters lined the side of the road at Vancouver’s South Terminal Tuesday to welcome home the […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed in The Globe and Mail re: Stanley Cup playoffs

Just two days away from Game 7, Dr. Samra interviewed by Justine Hunter at The Globe and Mail about the Stanley Cup playoffs and the psychological pressures faced by the Canucks (and their fans!).

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Dr. Samra interviewed by the Vancouver Sun: Canucks

Dr. Samra interviewed by the Vancouver Sun’s Mike Hager about the Canucks before their important home Game 7.

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1994’s legacy hanging over Vancouver before game 7

(by Staff,  CTV news)   June 14, 1994: The date is hanging over Vancouver tonight as the city gears up for the final game of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday.   Today is 17 years to the day when the New York Rangers defeated the Canucks, bringing the Stanley Cup to Manhattan and leaving downtown […]

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Dr. Samra on The Jerry Steen Show about… the Canucks

Dr. Samra interviewed on NewsTalk 980 CJME on The Jerry Steen Show about the Vancouver Canucks and their potential to make hockey history in Vancouver this week. Is it their year?  

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Dr. Samra comments on the Canucks: CKNW

Dr. Samra interviewed on CKNW radio about the Canucks and their thrilling ride in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Dr. Samra on the Canucks: Global BC

Dr. Samra interviewed by Global BC’s Ted Field about the Vancouver Canucks and how they are managing the pressure to bring home the cup throughout this amazing, nail-biting playoff series.

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Robin Gill of Global National asks Dr. Samra about her thoughts: the Canucks

Dr. Samra interviewed by Global National’s Robin Gill about the Vancouver Canucks. Can they go all the way? What psychological pressures are they facing as they approach Game 7?

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Dr. Samra interviewed in The Province about the Canucks

Dr. Samra interviewed by Kent Spencer of The Province about the city’s hottest topic: the Vancouver Canucks and their amazing run at the Stanley Cup.

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Fans desperate to keep the faith

(by Wendy Stueck and Vivian Luk) The blue jerseys became more difficult to spot, the cacophony of car horns eased and even the skies turned grey as a city’s spirits flagged as badly as the Canucks’ defence.   In Vancouver, the Canucks’ two-game trouncing by the Boston Bruins turned what had been a jubilant, even […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed on CKNW about emotional contagion

Dr. Samra interviewed by CKNW’s Philp Till about the Vancouver Canucks, hockey fever and emotional contagion or the tendency to catch and feel the emotions that are similar to and associated with those of others, resulting in emotional convergence phenomena.   To hear interview, click dr. samra – june 9

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How do I quiet that nay-saying voice in my head?

The question: How do I get the nay-saying voice in my head to quiet down? It’s with me all the time, telling me I’m not good enough and I’m going to fail. What are some specific strategies to think more positively?   The answer: The power of our thoughts is stunning: thoughts can be both […]

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Mixed emotions for Canucks fans

(by Stephanie Ip, 24 Hours)   Despite back-to-back losses in Boston, the Canucks returned home Thursday to a welcoming committee of about 50 diehard fans at the Vancouver airport south terminal.   “This is (Roberto) Luongo and this is a picture of my hat,” said five-year-old Linden Ubungin, the youngest member of the group, pointing […]

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