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Author: Devon Platana

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‘I’m not embarrassed or ashamed’: Talking about mental health in the world of sports is a winning strategy

For far too long there has been a stigma around the discussion of mental health in sports. Some people still feel that opening up about their struggles equates to weakness. Others who hear about those struggles too often reinforce judgmental attitudes and outdated stereotypes. After all, in the world of professional sports, the most important thing to a lot of...
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Arts & Culture

Super Felix Brothers: Gatineau author — and mom — addresses sickle cell anemia, diversity in her storytelling

GATINEAU — When Nahomie Acelin and Ronald Felix discovered two of their three sons had sickle cell anemia it would have been natural for them to focus on the negative. But they chose a different way of coping with the diagnosis. “We made a family decision last summer that, instead of complaining, we will talk about (the diagnosis) and turn...