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COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin – During this COVID-19 pandemic, being asked to say home and not being able to see friends and family in person, can be quite a challenge.  This week’s bulletin addresses this challenge and offers some ideas on how to stay connected even while in isolation.  You can find the bulletin on our Newsletter page or click on the link below to open it directly.

COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin - In an effort to maintain continuous contact with our members as well as provide useful information during this unprecedented time, Upper Island Counselling has started a weekly bulletin.  This bulletin will contain tips and information related to what is currently happening in the world and our community during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Below is the first of these bulletins that was sent out to our member companies last week. 

 

COVID-19 Response Update

 

I am reaching out with an update to last week’s communication and to assure you that Upper Island Counselling continues to support our member companies and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The main points are:

Empathy vs. Sympathy

 

We loved this short animated video with voiceover by Dr. Brene Brown so much that we want to share it with everyone.  In it she explains the difference between empathy and sympathy and how empathy is really about making a connection with another person. 

High Work Engagement and Work Stress

High work engagement refers to viewing one’s job as very important, taking one’s job seriously, and applying a great degree of effort toward the successful execution of one’s job. Being highly engaged with work is often touted as an ideal way for workers to be on the job and as the best approach for achieving career success and satisfaction. Indeed, being highly engaged with work can lead to career success and satisfaction. However, if other work-related factors are not present, then high work engagement can also be related to serious mental health challenges.

Mindful Eating and Disordered Eating Prevention

“The core principles of mindful eating include being aware of the nourishment available through the process of food preparation and consumption, choosing enjoyable and nutritious foods, acknowledging food preferences nonjudgmentally, recognizing and honoring physical hunger and satiety cues, and using wisdom to guide eating decisions.” –Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD

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.