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.
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.
On June 22,2018 Upper Island Counselling hosted an information table at the 100 Women Who Care Campbell River cocktail reveal launch party.
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.
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’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. 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
We've been so excited about our 30th anniversary, and our new look, that we couldn't help but spread the word. A big thanks to local media for supporting this effort! As more and more people and places recognize the significance of mental health and wellness in the workplace, and in life, the services we provide our communities are not only relevant but necessary. We are so grateful for both past and present community support. Here's where you can find us in the news!
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.