15Sep

TIFF 2019: Best and worst looks on the red carpet

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It was a star-studded week of film and fashion as Hollywood stars descended on Toronto for TIFF 2019.

The film festival’s style streak kicked off on Sept. 6, with the likes of Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson hitting the red carpet for Just Mercy.


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Industry veterans like Leonardo Dicaprio and Daniel Craig walked the red carpet, along with typical style stars Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson.

But the most anticipated carpet appearance was that of the Hustlers cast, with Jennifer Lopez leading the way. The 50-year-old made jaws drop in a mustard yellow gown, while Crazy Rich AsiansConstance Wu dazzled in an 80s-inspired pink glitter dress.

WATCH: Coverage of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on Global News


This year, the carpet saw everything from high-low ballgowns to asymmetrical hems and trendy mini dresses. Hollywood’s most handsome kept it classically traditional — minus Jordan’s nearly floor-sweeping jacket — by opting for crisp suits paired with sneakers or leather dress shoes.

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Fall is just around the corner and these red carpet rock stars give us plenty of fashion inspiration.

Here are our favourite — and not-so-favourite — picks of the night.

Best Dressed

Jennifer Lopez

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Michael B. Jordan

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Priyanka Chopra

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Constance Wu

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Kristen Stewart

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Kerry Washington

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Sarah Paulson

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Susan Kelechi Watson

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Keke Palmer

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Dev Patel

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Daniel Craig

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Finn Wolfhard

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Felicity Jones

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Chris Evans

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Eddie Redmayne

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Zazie Beetz

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Lili Reinhart

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Jon Hamm

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Nicole Kidman

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Worst Dressed

Susan Sarandon

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Scarlett Johansson

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Julia Stiles

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Dakota Johnson

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Isla Fisher

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Leonardo Dicaprio

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Brie Larson

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Alison Janney

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Alfie Allen

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Ansel Elgort

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Renee Zellweger

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Shailene Woodley

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Toni Collette

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15Sep

28 per cent of men believe they could lose their job if they discuss mental health at work: study – National

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Suicide remains the biggest cause of death for Canadian men under the age of 44, but new research by the Movember Foundation found that men still struggle to talk about mental health — especially in the workplace.

Researchers at Ipsos MORI surveyed 1,000 Canadian men between the ages of 18 and 75, and the results are astounding.

Twenty-eight per cent of Canadian men said they believed their job could be at risk if they discuss mental health issues at work, and more than 33 per cent of men worry they could be overlooked for a promotion if they mention a problem.

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As well, 42 per cent of men surveyed said they are also worried about colleagues making negative comments behind their backs.

For men like Peter, these results are completely unsurprising. (Global News has agreed to use a pseudonym to protect his identity.)

The 29-year-old marketing manager struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. “I’ve dealt with anxiety and panic my entire life, but I only began to acknowledge and treat it when I was 26,” he told Global News.

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Earlier this year, Peter started a new job — a change that made his anxiety difficult to control.

“Starting a new job is one of the most stressful things you can do… What was supposed to be a career-shifting move turned into a never-ending episode of panic, stress, worry and fear,” he said.

Peter lived with this intense anxiety about his career and his job for three months, and the whole time, he felt like he was “walking on eggshells.”

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The workplace culture didn’t help. According to Peter, it was “fear-based with top-down leadership.”

“The primary motivator was fear of losing your job. Because this leadership style came from the top down, it wasn’t a collaborative environment. It was every person for themselves,” he said.

Peter felt like he was stuck in a vicious cycle with no one to talk to about his mental health.

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“(I felt that) if I said the wrong thing, I would lose my job and never be able to find a new one, and not be able to pay rent, and never be able to afford a down-payment on a house and I would spend the rest of my life on my parents’ couch,” he said.

“I’m a very healthy individual. I run marathons, eat vegan and meditate daily… but when employers are the cause of stress, anxiety, fear and uncertainty, short of leaving your job, I don’t think there’s much you can do.”

Ultimately, a particularly bad week forced Peter to confront his illness and see a doctor. At that point, he thought it would be appropriate to make his employer aware of his mental health — and ask for some leniency as he underwent treatment.

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“All I needed was their support, understanding and patience,” Peter said, but that’s not what he was given.

“Things went on as normal. In fact, it was reiterated to me that I was in a performance-driven position and no accommodations could be made,” he said. “If I had broken my foot, accommodations would’ve been made. If I had pneumonia, accommodations would’ve been made.”

Four weeks later, Peter was terminated. His employer cited “performance issues,” and during his exit interview, he was made to feel ashamed about his illness. “They alluded to me lying about the illness to (explain my) poor performance,” Peter said.

The misconception that men aren’t affected by mental illness

Peter firmly believes that there is a lasting stigma around men who have a mental illness.

“We’ve come a long way with the stigma around mental health, but we clearly have so much further to go,” he said.

Movember spokesperson Alexandra Wise lost her father to suicide just three weeks after her mother died from ovarian cancer. In her opinion, stigma played a huge role in his battle with mental illness.

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“He struggled with his mental health for most of my childhood, and as I got older, his mental health seemed to decline and things got worse,” she said.

“It was something that my family and I really didn’t understand. We didn’t understand the extent of what he was dealing with, and we weren’t really sure how to help him.”

Wise said her father lost his job when she was just a baby, and that the loss really affected him.

“He didn’t have any social connections and spent a lot of time inside the house, alone. He isolated himself more and more,” she said.

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At first, Wise struggled to understand why he would do such a thing. “It was really difficult to understand why he would do that,” she said. “My mom had no choice. My dad seemingly had the choice to live, or that’s what I thought.”

Since then, Wise has made an effort to learn more about mental health. Now she knows that her father didn’t feel like he had a choice.

“I think, really, in his mind, he felt like that was the only solution to end his pain and his suffering,” she said.

Employers need to do more

The workplace is commonly regarded as a space crucial to forming one’s identity. “It creates purpose,” said Dr. Ashley Bender, occupational psychiatrist and professor at the University of Toronto.

“Anything that is a potential threat to the loss of work or… their work status is something that could contribute to (someone) not coming forward with mental health issues.”

According to Bender, silence is seen as “the safe route” even though it puts people at risk by leaving their illness untreated.

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This pressure could be compounded by the stereotype that men should always be working and that they shouldn’t talk about their feelings.

“Traditionally, a man’s role has been centered around employment and being productive and having work as a core source of their life and purpose,” said Bender.

To better support men with mental illness, Bender has three recommendations for workplaces.

“One of the ways is to launch anti-stigma campaigns… to impart knowledge and change attitudes about mental health,” he said. “This is really quite impactful, but it’s work that has to be done continuously.”

Manager training is also a big component so that “when it’s time to have those critical conversations, the individual who’s coming forward doesn’t feel stigmatized,” said Bender.

Finally, confidentiality is key. “Is there a workplace culture that respects confidentiality, particularly around (mental health issues)?” Bender said.

Ultimately, actions need to follow words.

“Attempts to change attitudes by creating awareness but then providing inadequate resources (like low coverage for psychological treatments) says, ‘we’re acknowledging that we have a problem, but we don’t care.’ That drives people into silence, because what’s the point?”

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15Sep

Heartburn, saggy breasts and loose skin: How bodies change after giving birth – National

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“The stretch marks, the nothing-fits attitude… I am currently going through [a phase of] hair in a messy bun, no make up, yoga pants and tank tops,” the 35-year-old told Global News.

“[There’s] no time for personal care for myself — it’s all about getting my kids ready and out the door.”

The mom from Toronto’s story isn’t unique. Many women not only feel mentally, emotional and physically different after giving birth, but there are significant changes to their bodies than can be longer-lasting.  

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These can range from smaller (or bigger) breasts to losing hair and, more commonly, bladder issues.

Hunter gave birth to her fifth child, a daughter, in June.

“[It was] definitely harder at 35,” she said. “The aches and pains and health issues that arise, like high blood pressure, difficult deliveries [and] recovery.”

Getting your body back

But the idea you need to get your “body back” is something that comes up often.

“I would tell new moms it takes time to get your body back, but sometimes, even when you get to your pre-pregnancy weight, your body shape changes,” she said. “It’s OK… your body is beautiful no matter what for what it is able to do.”

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Denise Chiriboga, founder and creator of Strong Mom, a fitness class targeted at moms, hears this sentiment often.

“Unfortunately we don’t give a large thought to recovery and what post-partum recovery actually looks like, as this is not something most doctors talk about,” she told Global News.

“Recovery isn’t just resting at home and waiting for your six or eight week checkup — it’s learning how to retrain the deep core and pelvic floor muscles to regain their strength and their function.”

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Chiriboga says most people want to feel “normal” again, but often can’t accept their new bodies. They also compare themselves to celebrities or others on social media, she said.

“We always want that, “I never had a baby look” like the celebrities do.”

But she says it goes beyond self-esteem and confidence. New moms need to accept that our bodies took nine months to grow a baby, so it’s going to take time to lose the weight.

“Thankfully, people like Meghan Markle have stepped out and she in her post-baby body has been applauded for taking time and being confident in rocking her post-baby body and taking it slow in her recovery,” she explained.

“The biggest thing we need to do is appreciate ourselves more.”

Women share the biggest changes

But for some women, it’s the learning curve of going into motherhood, not knowing which parts of your body will change.

For Jenny Rodrigues, a communications professional in Toronto, it was pain in her hands hands and wrist.

The mom of a 20-month-old says most of it was the result of trying to support her newborn’s wobbly head and neck.

“I was also breastfeeding and the recommendation was to do ‘compressions’ to squeeze out the breast milk faster. That also put such a strain on my hands. I was wearing sports tape around my wrists for a long time.

“I had to do physio and acupuncture on my hands to get better.”

For Vanessa Perkins of Brampton, Ont., it was her pelvic floor that was the biggest change post-birth. Sitting was uncomfortable and when her period came back, it was hard to use tampons again.

She also had heavy, saggy breasts and had loose skin around her stomach.

“I was so unhappy with my body,” she continued. “I gained so much weight from stress eating because my son was colicky and I was unhappy with how I looked. It was terrible [for my] mental health.”

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Perkins knew her mental health was suffering.

“With my first son I lost myself,” she continued.

“I was no longer Vanessa, I was only Jeremy’s mom.”

Gina Létourneau, of Toronto, said each pregnancy can feel different — she had more difficulty breathing with her second child than the first.

She also dealt with heartburn, a heavier period and pelvic floor issues. But when it comes to losing baby weight, she urges new moms not to feel bad about it.

“I am so much more than my appearance now — I am responsible for two beautiful boys and it keeps me busy and happy enough,” she told Global News.


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“Don’t let anyone reduce you to how you look… you are fine, you are loved, you are important to this little being who needs you and loves you unconditionally.”

Jennifer Francis-Smikle, a mom in Markham, Ont., adds one of the biggest things new moms (or any mom) who still feels unsure about their bodies can do is avoid social media.

“‘Snapback’ culture is basically the celebrities or Instagram influencers coming on social media showing their body right after having a baby,” she said.

“Most times it looks like they didn’t have a baby or better than they did pre-baby. It can be disheartening to see especially if you’re not comfortable in your own skin.

Not feeling like yourself

Chiriboga says while it may be hard to grasp, it’s important to remember to honour and respect the body post-birth.

“For moms not feeling like themselves, is it a physical or emotional thing?” she asked. “It all affects a mom emotionally and physically and these are the hard things to control.”

And most importantly, take time.

“Don’t be so quick to go back to the gym and do the exact same exercise you did before you had your baby or before you got pregnant,” she said.

“Avoid the ‘harder, faster, stronger, no pain no gain’ mentality or classes promoting this type of exercise for now. You are not ready for this yet.”

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