Wake up and chill out \nCoffee is a well-known pick-me-up when you’re tired. But a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found other benefits: caffeine can alter your response to stress and may even reduce memory loss and depression associated with long-term stress. \nResearchers found that certain receptors in the brain that are known targets of caffeine also help control the effects of chronic stress, which is a risk factor for developing depression and memory loss. Tests done on mice found that caffeine consumption blocks stress-related chemicals from being released in the brain and helps prevent long-term health and behavioural changes associated with stress. \nMental health at work \nA recent report from the Conference Board of Canada, Healthy Brains at Work: The Footprint of Mental Health Conditions, found that mental health disorders are 60% more likely to occur among working Canadians compared with the nonworking population. About 54% of employed Canadians with a mental illness are female, but youth between the ages of 15 and 24 were most likely to have experienced depression or a mood disorder within the past year. Occupations in the service sector had the highest prevalence of mental illness in a worker’s lifetime.