Mental Health and Wellness

You're Stronger Than You Think!

 BE STRONG! Let this summer lead you to YOUR Strong!

If you need support this summer, consider some of the following resources:

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

Kids Help Phone Desktop Chat: www.kidshelpphone.ca

Kids Help Phone App: "always there"

Children and Family Services: 403-381-5555

Distress Line of South Western Alberta: 1-888-787-2880

Woods Homes Youth Shelter:403-317-1777

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 403-310-1818

Text "Connect" to 686868 to be connected to a 24/7 crisis counsellor

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day!

The Summer Solstice and Indigenous Knowledge

What did our ancestors know about the sun that we don't know, or pay much attention to anymore? Could it be that we all share some sort of kindred knowledge to the sun and earth, the same way that our ancestors did, but we've just forgotten about it, or lost touch?

On this year's Indigenous Peoples' Day, rise to the challenge presented in this video by Shawnee BigBull of Lethbridge School District.

Click here to find out more

Before Anything Else, We Are All Human

Before anything else, we’re all human.

 

Love Has No Labels...is a movement to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people across race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. We believe love is the most powerful force to overcome bias. We celebrate diversity and encourage people to come together because we know, together, we can create a more inclusive world.

Some Questions for Self Reflection:

 

It's Mental Health Week 2020!

We say we're fine, even when the truth is we're ecstatic, exhausted, grateful, or even freaking out.  Every time we just go through the motions, we miss out on the chance to connect for real.  In times of crisis like this, we need each other more than ever.  

Connecting doesn't just feel good- it's good for our mental health.

click here for a check-up questionnaire on how YOU'RE really doing right now!

PLEASE WATCH OUR @lcigreen2gold Instagram Page FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONNECTIONS THIS WEEK

Self-Care Wheel

The Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions

The Medicine Wheel, sometimes known as the Sacred Hoop, has been used by generations of various Native American tribes for health and healing.

It embodies the Four Directions, as well as Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree—all of which symbolize dimensions of health and the cycles of life.

PARENT Support Group!


Are you a parent of a student in Grades 8 to 12? Are you struggling with our new reality of
school closure and social isolation?

Join our phone-in Parent Support Group, and find a safe space to talk about worries and
difficulties coping with the new normal. A Mental Health Therapist will facilitate the sessions.
Parent need only a phone (cell or land line) to join, and an email address to send the invitation to.

Parents do not need to commit to attending all the groups in the series, but the group will limit the number of parents invited, to ensure you have time to ask questions.

Parents who are most concerned about children in grades 8 to 12 will meet on 4 Thursdays
in a row, from 1 – 2:30. Dates will be announced soon.

There is no fee for this support group. To register, email Alison Lux at Alison.Lux@albertahealthservices.ca.

What's APP?

Explore some Mental Health Apps!

A quick look at some of the trending apps around:

  • Mood Tracking
  • Mindfulness
  • Coping Skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction

Coping with Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty

 

Click here for more detailed strategies for staying well, such as:

  • Understanding your Anxiety
  • Stay informed - but don't obsessively check the news
  • Focus on the things you can control
  • Plan for what you can
  • How to stop "what-ifs" from spiraling
  • Stay connected - even when physically isolated
  • Take care of your body and spirit
  • Help others

TEXT4Hope

"Text4Hope" to 393939

Alberta health has put out a new app that is sponsored by a number of mental health agencies across the province (eg. Alberta Health, Calgary Health, University Hospital, U of A, Alberta Children's Hospital to name a few). 

If you subscribe, you will receive a text message each day to provide support and build coping skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

To join you simply text "COVID19hope" to 393939, and you can start the service. 

They will ask IF YOU WANT to take a short survey to aid in some provincial research around how COVID 19 is affecting Albertans mental health, but you DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE SURVEY TO GET THE SERVICE. You just bypass the survey.  

Stay healthy and reach out!