I don’t want to make light of people who are suffering anxiety, distress or are in crisis – particularly when any of these experiences reach the level they’re becoming debilitating. An “imagination power smoothie” is not a substitute for clinical help. Here are a list of resources to connect to if you are in crisis. … Continue reading What if what your mental health needs right now is an Imagination power smoothie
When I was younger, I was a big fan of the culture-jamming magazine, Adbusters. It used art, marketing and magazines, (some of my favourite things), to challenge consumerism, the big brands and a lot of things that fundamentally confused me about the world, as a non-trendy kinda girl. I’d spent my teenage years working in … Continue reading Mental Health Week begins today. How’s yours?
The way we talk about mental health matters, and finding a shared language is an important way to make sure we are all on the same wavelength. On Monday, October 10, which was World Mental Health Day, CAMH shared this video. (Below isn’t a full transcript, but some highlights. Listen to the video if you … Continue reading Mental Health is not the opposite of mental illness, and it’s a community matter
One of my favourite mental health professionals is the owner of local yoga studio, Village Yoga, Raelene Hodgson. She recently shared this important reminder that crisis calls are increasing, every day, and that teams of counsellors are doing life-saving work, every day. Call volume has increased by an average of 25 per cent over the past … Continue reading Shout Out to mental health professionals, the often invisible emergency health care worker
Eldon Finck shares his struggles with bipolar and weed addiction in this beautiful short film that explores how he orients towards calm, groundedness and wellness, thanks to daily walks in nature. It’s a brave and beautiful share. And a potent reminder of the simple medicine that is on offer to all of us, to centre, … Continue reading Walk for mental health and addiction awareness : beautiful short film explores the healing power of a daily walk
Today is Bell Canada Let’s Talk Day – an initiative to encourage people to Get Loud about mental health, in order that they not suffer in silence. View this post on Instagram Bell Let’s Talk Day is just 5 days away. Get the dialogue about mental health started now – visit bell.ca/letstalk and download the … Continue reading Mental Health – requires people willing to talk about it, and people willing to listen
Thanks to Richard Nott who responded to our post on the Pemberton Community Forum inviting people to advocate for ongoing funding to the province’s Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative. Nott did a little background reading on the CAMH and shared these facts. In case you saw the post and mentally filed … Continue reading 1 in 5 of us is struggling with a mental health or addiction problem.
What do you do if you, or a youth you know, or love, is at risk of self-harm? Like, WHO DO YOU CALL? The Pemberton Local Action team of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU) has created several Suicide Intervention Toolkits, for youth, professionals, and parents and care-givers. Click on … Continue reading Suicide Intervention Toolkits now available, thanks to Pemberton’s Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative
After getting so much interest from our Facebook post earlier in the month, sharing the Pique story about funding to the CYMHSU drying up, we asked Tanya Richman, the local action team’s co-chair, to explain what this means, and what we can do about it. Funding for 64 Local Action Teams across the province who are … Continue reading Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative: A Plea for continued funding.
Have you heard of the Child and Youth Mental Health – Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU)? This collaborative project began in 2013 with eight Local Action Teams (LATs) across the province aiming to do something about the lack of coordination in response systems for child and youth mental health. Over four years the initiative has grown … Continue reading Mental health starts at home. Here’s what’s been happening in the Pemberton area