Mental Health

Maintaining proper mental health is one of the most important aspects of maintaining overall health. Your brain is the control centre for every function in your body and the most complex organ in your entire system. Lack of attention to this important part of your system will almost certainly lead to symptoms in other areas. In fact, chronic stress is a major factor in a host of diseases including cancer and heart disease.


The first step to better mental health is understanding what causes poor mental health and understanding that …. YOU ARE IN CONTROL!!!


While it is often stated that 1 in 5 people will experience issues with mental health at some point in their lives, we believe that number to be much higher when all of the components of poor mental health are considered.  When is the last time you felt:

  • Overwhelmed?

  • Stressed?

  • Depressed?

  • Hopeless?

  • Angry?

  • Frustrated?

  • Irritable?

  • Simply unhappy with the way you are living life?


While these feelings may seem like they are simply a part of daily life, they are not. In fact, our frantic pace of life has simply made it feel normal to be stressed and worried and fatigued and irritable.  The truth is that this is anything but normal. At 365Wellness we understand that having the right supports and feeling safe and secure are the most important aspects of achieving better mental health and living a happier and healthier life. That’s why we give each and every client of 365Wellness access to mental health resources through our mental health counsellor Russell Tuton BSW MSW . We believe in you and we want to be a part of your success story!


To learn more about making an appointment with Russell and choose 365Wellness as your partner in health click here.    

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Desiree Simmons, Master of Education in Counselling Psychology

Desiree has a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and is registered as a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association of Canada. Though still new in her counselling career, she has 7 years of experience working in the field of child development and applied behaviour analysis skill teaching, and 10 years of experience working with the pediatric population through various work and volunteer roles. Desiree completed an internship at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre for Memorial University of Newfoundland where she worked on an interdisciplinary team and focused most of her training on supporting international students and their families who were new to Canada. Aside from being a Youth Mental Health Counsellor, Desiree also works for a Janeway Child Development Program in Eastern Health’s Community Services department, giving her lots of knowledge about navigating the health system in our province and staying current with evidence-based practices for children living with developmental delays and mental health concerns.

“I call myself a philomath, someone who loves to learn and study, and I’ve always been very inquisitive, much like children! I don’t pretend to be an expert in anything when I meet with a young person…I always tell them that I have just as much to learn from them as they do from me and what we both don’t know, we will learn together. Every session is different and that is partially because the novelty keeps them engaged, and partially because I want to keep them on their toes as much as they keep me on mine! Because children’s brains are still developing and conversation isn’t the only way to interact with them, I use a variety of creative activities, visuals, worksheets, and sometimes exercise like yoga, to really engage with them. Of course, I only do this if they are receptive to the activity because the key thing for any young person is having a sense of autonomy. Depending on the client and their main concern, I explore different therapy approaches, but most often I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, each of which have an evidence base for supporting young people.” – Desiree

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