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Managing Holiday Season Challenges

The holiday season is typically advertised as a time of festivity and joy. For many people this portrayal is fairly accurate, but for many others the holidays can be a difficult time for a multitude of reasons. Three of the more common challenges are family conflict, depression, and over-indulgence. Below are some ideas about how to manage these issues and make the most of the holidays.

Family conflict

Mental Health is Not Just the Absence of Mental Illness

We recently came across this blogger article by Naomi Vaida about how mental illness alone is not what determines good or bad mental health.  Mental health is something that should be taken care of much the same way as physical health.  In fact, the two go hand in hand and can effect each other in both positive and negative ways.  The following viewpoint explains why it is important to consider a more proactive approach to mental health rather than focusing on resolving or coping with mental illness after it has manifested.   

Talking to Your Child About Marijuana: 3 Responses for Parents

Watching an illegal substance become legal and available for sale is an unusual occurrence in modern day society. No generation since the days of prohibition can recall this sort of transition from illegal to legal, so it’s understandable that there are fears and concerns surrounding the legalization of marijuana. Like most issues parents are forced to face, this topic, regardless of how one feels about it, can serve as a wonderful spring board for parents to discuss the reality of substance use and abuse in our culture.

FETCH – For Everything That’s Community Health

Now three years old, FETCH is a website that was created to assist both the residents and health care providers of Campbell River and District to find health and social services in the community.  Sort of a “one stop shop” for resources in health (physical and mental), family life, social services, First Nations, youth and support services.

 The website also lists Campbell River physicians that are currently taking new patients, community health notices and links to a variety of substance use services.

100 Women Who Care Campbell River

On June 22,2018 Upper Island Counselling hosted an information table at the 100 Women Who Care Campbell River cocktail reveal launch party. 

Mental Health Week is May 7th - May 13th

In support of CHMA Mental Health week, Upper Island Counselling is helping spread the word.  Here are some interesting facts that you may not know:

 The Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual Mental Health Week is May 7-13, 2018

 Each May, Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces and the House of Commons rally around CMHA Mental Health Week.

Thoughts for Spring

It’s already the end of March! 2018! It seems that one thing we can count on in life is that is moves quickly. The saying used to go that "time flies when you are having fun", but it seems to me that even through grief, depression, illness, or crisis, people are always surprised at how the weeks go by. So, given that there are very few constants that we can count on in life, if this is one of them, then the lesson of "enjoy today", "practice mindfulness", "carpe diem", "be present" - is more important than ever to really grasp, embrace, and sustain. 

 

Upper Island Counselling Says "Let's Talk" Mental Health Every Day!

Upper Island Counselling’s Executive Director Kelsi Baine congratulates everyone who participated in Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk day supporting mental health awareness this year.


“It is so important to hear so many positive community voices across the Comox Valley, Campbell River and North Island communities, helping to reduce stigma around mental health and demonstrating their support for other community members.” Baine said.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 1 - 7, 2018.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 1 - 7, 2018.  This week-long event takes place in countries and communities around the world each year.  The aim is to increase awareness about what eating disorders are, what they are not, what can be done to stop them, and how they can be prevented.  In British Columbia, the focus of the campaign is “love our bodies, love ourselves”.   In our appearance-and thinness-obsessed culture, it can be a real struggle for people to accept themselves as they are.  But without that acceptance, we can develop a poor body image and find it increasing