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Help end the stigma around mental illness. It’s easier than you think!

January 30th is Bell Let’s Talk Day. For every text message sent by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, Bell will donate 5 cents toward mental health initiatives.  Even if you are not a Bell customer, there are other ways to help.

 It’s a fact: One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

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.   

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.

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.

Some reflections on a new year....

I USED to think that New Year's resolutions were a bit silly. I USED to think, "why pick January 1 to start making positive changes? That can happen anytime!" But, more and more I'm finding that ANY reason to get us thinking about making positive changes in our lives is a good one. So, if another new year inspires you to reflect on the past with insight and learning, set goals for the future, and determine what needs to change TODAY in order to achieve those goals, well then that is an annual tradition worth celebrating and continuing. 

 

Community Recognition

With the advent of our new blog, we now have a place to share our news, announcements, events and gratitudes!