Dr. Joti Samra interviewed on Huffington Post on the affect exercise can have on PTSD and overall Mood

  (HuffPost Canada  |  By Joy D’Souza Posted: 05/09/2017)   Exercise isn’t just good for your body, it’s great for your mental health and overall well-being too — just ask Andrea Ross, a Calgary native who turned to exercise to help her manage post-traumatic stress (PTSD) stemming from childhood abuse.   As a young adult, […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 about 13 Reasons Why – Emotionally-charged show prompts local school officials to warn parents

(by Simon Druker and John Streit – Posted May 3, 2017)   COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – A TV show that is getting a lot of attention, particularly among young people and the Coquitlam School District, among others, is just the latest one in Canada to send home a letter to parents warning them about the emotional […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by 680 CJOB Radio Winnipeg Concerns Raised that Canadians are spending more time Online

(Aly Thomson The Canadian Press, Tuesday, March 21, 2017) Canadians are spending more time surfing the web than ever before, according to a new report that’s raising concerns about how technology distracts from real-world relationships. The report from Media Technology Monitor released Tuesday said on average, anglophone Canadians who were surveyed spent 24.5 hours online […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by Ted Field on Global BC – City-dwellers are prone to Depression – are High-rises to Blame?

Residents of high-rise blocks tend to suffer from more stress, mental health difficulties and neurosis Joey Gardiner Prof Colin Ellard was walking past the rows of new-build towers that dominate the west of central Toronto when he had a sudden realisation. “I was struck by how dark, sombre and sad these new urban canyons made […]

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Dr. Joti Samra – Feeling safer in the Workplace is a Welcome Trend

(WINNIPEG , Feb. 2, 2017 /CNW/ ) If you’d describe your workplace as psychologically safe, with civil relationships and satisfactory work/life balance, it just may be due to a major shift in how employers understand and respond to workplace mental health issues. In 2016, 77% of working Canadians indicated attitudes toward workplace mental health issues […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by CTV News – Woman alleges poor Hospital care while Suicidal

  (CTV Vancouver)   A former patient at a Lower Mainland hospital is going public with allegations she didn’t receive proper care from its medical staff when she was at her lowest point and feeling suicidal.   It isn’t easy for Jenny Ingraham to go public about her struggle with clinical depression – but improving […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed on News 1130 on Winter Weather bringing out the Worst in some People

(by Simon Druker)   VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – From scuffles for free salt, to stealing sand from beaches, this winter weather seems to have brought out the worst in some people. And that same attitude is likely to prevail in the case of a more serious disaster or emergency like an earthquake.   Running out […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by KJ Media – A Decade of Devastation & Dreams

(Posted by Kuljeet Kaila on October 20, 2016 )   Ten years ago on October 18, one of Canada’s most gruesome murders unfolded in Greater Vancouver.  The random disappearance of 31 year old, pregnant, Surrey school teacher Manjit Panghali.   She was last seen alive at a prenatal yoga class.  Within hours of her disappearance, […]

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Dr. Joti Samra on News 1130 – Take care of yourself following life-changing trauma

(by Alison Bailey)   VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As people from Fort McMurray continue to cope with losing their homes and communities, many have likely been impacted by other unfortunate events in recent years and months: the downturn in Alberta’s economy, floods in Calgary three years ago, or devastating wildfires in Slave Lake in 2011. […]

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Dr. Joti Samra – What to do in an awkward restroom situation with your boss

(Haley Hinkle – Chicago Tribune)   Q: You’re about to use the restroom at work, but your boss walked in right before you. What do you do now?   “Chalk this up to one of the top awkward — but not life- or career-affecting — workplace situations. A few things to consider: What kind of […]

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Dr. Joti Samra on News 1130 – Canucks fans will recover from disappointing season

(by Mike Lloyd)   VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There are only ten games left until Canucks fans can put a hugely disappointing season behind them, including a lot of lacklustre play from the team though this final stretch.   Psychologist Dr. Joti Samra says it can be painful for a lot of people. “Loyal devout […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed on News 1130 on Counselling for Canucks fans as regular season winds down

(by Mike Lloyd)   VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Hey Canucks fans, take heart! There are only 10 games to go in a season that has been absolutely painful for loyal followers of the team.   “I’m not happy, to be honest with you,” says one longtime fan. “I don’t think they are playing the way […]

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How to get along with your In-laws

(By Lisa Bendall)     Cheryl Embrett has known her mother-in-law, Bel, for more than three decades. When they met, they had differences—Bel was religious and a traditional homemaker, while Cheryl was not at all religious and had a feminist outlook—but they found common ground in a shared East Coast background and a love of […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed on Global News by Jennifer Palma – are Vancouverites doing a good enough job Recyling

(By Justin McElroy)   While Vancouver has made significant strides this decade to increase recycling and decease waste, the city says there’s still one area that could use serious improvement.   Single-use garbage from fast food outlets and coffee shops – including coffee cups, plastic bags, and styrofoam food boxes – are still being put […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by CTV evening news today with Michelle Brunoro on Sullivan Heights Youtube video Fights

(CTV Vancouver – Published Monday, February 1, 2016)   Short videos of Surrey high school girls kicking and slapping each other are being published on YouTube, something psychologists fear could have a lasting impact on those involved.   The disturbing videos, which appear to have been filmed at Sullivan Heights and Enver Creek secondary schools, […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interview on Global TV with Nadia Stewart about Shuswap Parents guilty of assault on 14 year old Girl with Skipping Rope

(Global News)   SALMON ARM – The parents of a 14-year-old girl who used a used a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope to spank their daughter have been convicted of assault with a weapon.   In the incident two years ago, the Salmon Arm couple were punishing the girl for sending nude photos […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 on Anger, Panic and Hoarding: A look at why people reacted so strongly to the power outages

(by Mike Lloyd – Posted Sep 1, 2015)   METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Anger hurled at BC Hydro, panic through the storm and power outages, and stress as products like ice disappeared from store shelves — Why did so many people react so strongly to Metro Vancouver’s weather troubles over the weekend?   And […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 – cutting down on screen time for kids

(by Kenny Mason – Posted July 16, 2015)     VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The fight to get kids to put down that iPad or smartphone can be difficult.   Dr. Joti Samra believes if you want kids to take some time away from their toys, you need to, as well.   “Ensure that you have […]

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Time for Action on Psychological Wellbeing

Psychological wellbeing has been an issue upon HR’s radar for some time, and for good reason: by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of world disability, according to Canada’s Mental Health Commission.   Dr. Joti Samra, a television psychologist with her own clinical practice, has been working with the University of Fredericton to […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 – Puerto Rico considers fining parents of obese kids; psychologist calls it ‘shaming’

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s no secret child obesity is a growing problem, both here and in the US.   Puerto Rico is taking a controversial approach when it comes to combating the issue. The island territory is mulling over legislation that would hit parents with fines starting at $500 for their obese children.   “This […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by Global BC1 Re: Toronto girls hockey league tells coaches they cannot touch players on the bench — not even on the helmet

(Natalie Alcoba | February 3, 2015)   A Toronto girls hockey league has told coaches they cannot touch players on the bench — not even on their helmets — in a zero-tolerance policy that critics say may be doing more harm than good.   Following a complaint about a congratulations doled out by a volunteer […]

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