If we're going to talk about getting loud for mental health, as Bell Canada urges us to do every year on 31 January, we should talk about the 364 days in between. And the importance of listening as well as talking, airing and sharing. Thanks to Christine Cogger for permission to repost this fantastic blog … Continue reading The 364 days in between Bell’s Let’s Talk Day
Janet shared this post on Valentine's Day, but every day is worth finding love, so we're reproducing it here... a few weeks after the legitimate chocolate binge has faded. If you feel the need toe at chocolate while reading this post, we endorse that wellness strategy. Over to Janet. A little over 5 years ago I … Continue reading Find it everywhere
Six years ago my mom died and I Googled how to grieve. In our Western world, nobody really talks about death, and certainly nobody teaches us how to grieve. How is it that I, then a 32 year old mother of two, raised by a loving, tuned-in and involved family, turned to Google when faced … Continue reading Grief and the Passing of Time
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. https://www.instagram.com/p/BebPDEMAthn/?taken-by=cmha_bc In the first week of January, Sammy Losee took the helm of our instagram account, and when she signed off, she shared these words. Being there for … Continue reading Mental Health – requires people willing to talk about it, and people willing to listen
a guest post by Kat Weed I really wish it was as easy as "#choosehappiness", "#choosejoy", or "#belove". I do. But it's not. Choosing to override our pain with false positivity or pseudo-spirituality might work as a bandaid in the short term.......we might feel "better" in the moment (especially as we collectively marinate in dopamine … Continue reading Happiness. You can’t fake it or force it. Kat Weed reminds us: your story needs a way out. Let it.
I had a setback. Nothing major. Nothing life-critical. Nothing identity-shaking. I showed up for a class and it had been cancelled. And my day’s plans were derailed. It just required a deep breath, a shrug of the shoulders and a quick pivot. But I nearly burst into tears. I felt kind of undone. I thought … Continue reading Making Self-Care A Habit (or Eat Breakfast Every Day)
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
I have often been moved or impressed by things Kat Weed shared in her instagram account, so asked if she would take over our Wellness Almanac instagram. In the spirit of using social media more mindfully, to try and boost mental health, rather than damage it, here's Kat. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUhLvJgiGK/?taken-by=thewellnessalmanac https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWyWpUD7dc/?taken-by=thewellnessalmanac https://www.instagram.com/p/BacS3RJDHZN/?taken-by=thewellnessalmanac by Kat Weed I … Continue reading Kat Weed puts herself out there for a week and reveals the secret to wellness: feelings.
Friends have been listening to audiobooks for years; if a bookclub date should roll around faster than anticipated, someone would plug in an audio version whilst driving a child to hockey/gymnastics/voice lessons/orthodontist appointments and turn the highway 99 drive into her own personal writer’s festival. For some reason, I never tried this but I always … Continue reading Dabbling in Neuroscience…