CMHA-BC – Ask About Suicide

Suicide is a complicated issue, but the more you understand, the better you may be able to help someone at risk of suicide. Includes links to resources, videos and more.

Self-Care Bingo: Workplace Edition

A TOOL TO HELP GUIDE SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES

Self-care is considered any deliberate activity that supports our mental, emotional, and physical health. By taking time to care for yourself, you can better cope with workplace stressors and anxieties, and improve your overall wellbeing. Encouraging your workplace to opt in to self-care activities can help support employee productivity, retention and create a positive work environment for all. Use these stackable bingo prompts to get started. Try one or all. Create your own. Start small. Remember: self-care is not selfish.

Self-Esteem Journal

A TOOL TO HELP IMPROVE SELF-ESTEEM

Positive journaling has been found to help improve feelings of well-being and self-esteem. Record three daily statements related to your successes, good qualities, and positive experiences. This worksheet, by TherapistAid.com, is great for those who need ideas to journal about and has been designed with daily prompts, such as “Today I accomplished…” and “Something I did for someone…”.

Daily Self-Care Check-In Cards

A TOOL TO HELP GUIDE REGULAR SELF-CARE

Self-care is considered any deliberate activity that supports your mental, emotional, and physical health. When you take time to meet your own needs, you will be better able to care for yourself and others. Use the first card on this handout as a guide to get started. You can use the same prompts each day or create your own (Ex: today I… practiced gratitude; rode my bike; hugged my dog, etc.).

CMHANL’s Get Help Web Page

Our website’s Get Help section is a list of emergency and non emergency contacts, phone numbers, and services available all across the province. Bookmark this page for easy access.

Support vs. ‘Toxic Positivity’

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE

Offering someone ‘toxic positivity’ can often shut down the conversation by making them feel they shouldn’t share their ‘bad’ feelings. Supporting others through validation can let them know that their negative feelings are okay and they are not alone. The chart below, by Whitney Hawkins Goodman, LMFT, provides examples of validating statements versus toxic positivity. Which statement will have a more effective outcome for the person you are trying to support?

Safer Language Reference Guide

Combating stigma related to mental illness, suicide, and substance use starts with how we use language — something that continuously evolves. That’s why we must all be aware of any outdated language being used in the media and around us every day. Everyone can be a champion against stigma when advocating the use of accurate and respectful language. So, as you communicate with others, be mindful of the impact of your language.

Hello! I am a Virus…

View and print this handy information booklet to help teach children about COVID-19. Contains 12 brightly coloured pages and interactive sections.

Mental Health Leadership Award

Mental Health Leadership Award Information and Nomination Form – Submissions should be in the form of a letter outlining the suitability of the candidate for the award.

Coping With Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Use During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions in our lives that can cause feelings of stress and anxiety. These feelings are normal.

Breathe Through the Holidays – Part 1 Through 3

Breathe through the Holidays – a three part series of Mindful Minutes focusing on your breath, with Rita Lester CYT www.relaxationyoga.ca

Back to Work Checklist

Transitioning back to the workplace is on many Canadians’ minds as we focus on what will hopefully be a gradual recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, this will be a significant change in our routines, which can bring about unique stressors.

15 Ways to Deal With Holiday Grief

The holiday season can be especially rough for those of us who’ve lost someone close recently or who lost someone close at this time of the year. With all the messages of family togetherness and joy, the emptiness left behind when someone passes away is in harsh contrast to what society seems to “expect” us to feel.

NL Community Food Program Info

This living document from Food First NL is updated regularly with community food sharing program details; retailers who operate accessibility hours for seniors, individuals who are immunocompromised, and people with disabilities; and information on Christmas and holiday hamper programs. Contact helpline@foodfirstnl.ca for the most up-to-date food security resources in NL.

31 Days of Holiday Self Care

31 helpful cues to stay mentally healthy this holiday season.

5 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health During the Holidays

Holiday magic. Although it’s real for some, the magic can also be a thin veneer, hiding challenging emotions that can come along with the celebrations — in fact, 52% of Canadians report feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation during the holiday season. And, if you’re already depressed or experiencing anxiety, the holidays can make things even worse.

Mental Health Apps

These apps are for your Windows, iOS, and Android devices and have been provided for information only. The information contained in these resources does not constitute, and should not be relied on, as professional advice. Always consult your health-care provider.

Gay & Suicidal: Sexual and Gender Minorities and Suicide

This toolkit has information on statistics, risk factors for suicide, protective factors, suggested resources, and more.

Plus 65: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Seniors

This toolkit contains statistics for suicide in seniors, risk factors, prevention, a case study, and more.

Aboriginal Resource Toolkit: Suicide Prevention

The effects of colonization and governmental policies of forced assimilation continue to cause acculturative stress and marginalization amongst the Aboriginal population. Learn about risk factors, statistics, protective factors and resources with this toolkit.

Not a Child: Suicide Resource Toolkit

Every year about 12,000 children aged 5-14 years old are admitted to psychiatric hospital units for suicidal behaviour. This toolkit includes statistics, warning signs, risk factors, protective factors, and more.

Women and Suicide: A Toolkit

Women attempt suicide two to three times more often than men while suicides have risen in recent years in Canada among teenage girls. Use this toolkit to understand what specific factors might be putting women and girls at risk.

Men and Suicide: A High-Risk Population

This toolkit includes a brief overview of the statistics pertaining to men and suicide, warning signs, risk factors, protective factors, recommended reading and more.

Suicide Prevention Primer: Facts and Myths

This toolkit is a collection of basic statistics, facts, myths and suicide prevention resources.

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