Psych Talks: The Pandemic Echo: What This Means for Our Children & Families

Kathleen Smith, Psychologist & Dr. Kiran Pure will be doing a presentation on November 17 2020. Recently, we asked for information from some of the families we have seen and we will present what we have learned from this and from our daily conversations with families/children/ and youth over the past seven months. If you […]

HalifaxToday.ca – Psychologist wants to see children back in the classroom this fall

A child psychologist in Dartmouth says the combination of social isolation, and a lack of control caused by the pandemic has been damaging to children’s mental health. Dr. Kiran Pure says she would like to see students return to school this fall in some sort of capacity to provide them with a sense of normalcy. […]

Psychologist warns of mental health costs of keeping kids out of school

Click here to read the full article As the province decides on a back-to-school plan for the fall, health experts are warning of the mental health risks of keeping kids out of the classroom. Without the routine and social connection that school brings, many kids and teens have reported feeling sad, stressed and anxious since the […]

Fact Sheet from Canadian Psychology Association (CPA)

Hi Everyone… I hope all of you are doing well and coping. Thinking of you always! love Dr. Pure Here is a link to a fact sheet produced by our national organization called the Canadian Psychology Association (CPA) that I think can be a good reminder and helpful to teens. https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PW_HelpingTeensCopeWithImpacts_COVID-19.pdf

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COVID-19 up-date from Dr. Pure. We’re all on this together.

Dear Families, Thank you for all your efforts in helping keep our community safe during this time. We are very appreciative of how much effort and energy it takes on the part of all family members to stay home, keep each other entertained, deal with stress and worry, while trying to stick to your day […]

Happy Wednesday everyone!

As promised yesterday, I am writing to give you another IDEA. An idea that helps make your worries shrink! So, here it is: Idea 3. When we become nervous, our body gets ready for some form of physical action, often called the “FLIGHT-FIGHT” reaction. So this means you are going to DO something to deal […]

Dear Kiki…A letter from My Alice

Hi everyone! Wishing everyone a peaceful day!!! I want to share something with you…. A few days ago, my very good friend Alice (I call her My Alice) wrote this letter to me. I asked her if I could share it and she said she didn’t mind at all. I think Alice is feeling the […]

Child Mind Institute Resource

Good morning to everyone!!! I am hoping that you were able to have a restful sleep and are enjoying the sunshine this morning. For a few years, I have followed the Child Mind Institute. It is an amazing resource on many issues. Right now, it is providing great details/ tips for parents and children on […]

Concurrent and Subsequent Associations Between Daily Digital Technology Use and High-Risk Adolescents’ Mental Health Symptoms

Adolescents are spending an unprecedented amount of time using digital technologies (especially mobile technologies), and there are concerns that adolescents’ constant connectivity is associated with poor mental health, particularly among at-risk adolescents. Participants included 151 adolescents at risk for mental health problems (Mage = 13.1) who completed a baseline assessment, 30-day ecological momentary assessment, and […]