colour_logo_no_slogan-1The holidays are around the corner and this makes some people extremely happy, and for some it’s one of the worst times of year. There is a lot going on during the holidays – parties, buying gifts and sometimes stressful travel. There can be the pressure of seeing family, sadness if you can’t make it home, or the challenge of a first holiday without someone who has passed on. 

The holiday blues don’t only affect adults, and many adolescents are susceptible to anxiety and depression over the holidays. Kids Help Phone say they can have a 23% spike from Boxing Day to New Year’s Eve with teens calling in about depression, self-harm or suicidal thoughts. Whether you’re a teen or an adult there’s help out there that can be useful if you need to chat with another person.

The biggest problem is the stigma around reaching out for help. People often know of available help, whether it’s hotlines, support groups, or friends or family they could call, but they have it in their head that if they ask for help something is wrong with them, or that they’re a weak person. That couldn’t be further from the truth,  since EVERYONE at some point needs to talk with someone. Our world can be a crazy place, and people from all walks of life need a little advice or someone to vent to at some point. Sometimes people feel embarrassed to ask someone they know, and feel like a helpline won’t work for them.

Enter TranQool, a Toronto based company that makes feeling better simple by providing you with quick, seamless and cost effective access to high quality therapy.

I’m not being compensated for this post, I’m just a customer that had an amazing experience and loved the service. Before TranQool I was having some issues after I was involved in a gruesome car accident. I saw some really terrible stuff that created some issues. With the stress of launching a business, and new issues happening to me I was told I should talk with someone. So I went to the doctor, told him what was going on, and he referred me to a professional. It took 3 months to get an appointment, which I felt was an incredibly long time. I was nervous and felt a bit weird, but thought maybe it would help. I talked for about an hour, the doctor really didn’t say anything the whole time and ended the session by giving me a prescription and adding “take these and come talk to me after a month.” Easy to say I felt like I was wronged and wasted 3 months for terrible advice.

My girlfriend felt the same way I did – this doctor doesn’t know enough about my situation to just write a script and say C’est la vie. She heard about TranQool and said I should give it a shot instead of medicating. I went to the site, looked through all the professionals and was able to choose anyone I wanted to talk to. In two days I had a live video chat alone in my living room with someone who talked with me, help identify some issues/triggers and helped develop a game plan to manage and reduce issues from popping up. The service was really easy to use, and it was extremely convenient having the session in my own home at a time that worked for me. I highly recommend you try it out, or just feel comfortable reaching out to a friend or family member to talk.

If you or someone you know could benefit from an amazing service like TranQool please try it for yourself or tell a friend about it.  A session is $80 for 45 minutes and is covered by most benefit plans.

Use promo code: TQ_Blue and try TranQool for yourself at

Other helpful  services:

Kids Help Phone  1-800-668-6868

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and an amazing New Year from everyone at Final Blueprint, and to remember that it’s ok to ask someone for help. 

Kevin Oulds, founder of Final Blueprint

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