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In this blog, you’ll have access to:

– How-to information on navigating the mental health system throughout Niagara

– Keeping well, both mentally and physically

– Managing a budget

– Managing symptoms (depression, anxiety, compulsions, anger, hopelessness, etc.)

– How-to tips for managing in a crisis

– Other resources available in the Niagara Region

15 January, 2018

Tips to beat the winter blues

2018-01-09T09:33:32-05:00Categories: Campaign, Mental Wellness Tips|

This is the time of year when many Ontarians may notice a shift in mood and find themselves lacking energy. Research in Ontario suggests that 15 percent of the general population experience these winter blues, which can include changes in appetite and lethargy. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression. People experiencing the winter blues can benefit from: Maximizing exposure to sunlight. Spend more time outdoors during the day and arrange indoor environments to receive maximum sunlight. Trim tree branches that block [...]

22 December, 2017

Coping with the Holidays

2017-12-22T11:55:18-05:00Categories: Mental Wellness Tips|

Do you have a ‘to-do’ list that feels a mile long? Or feel the pressure of unrealistically high expectations? This time of year can be particularly overwhelming, especially for individuals living with a mental health condition. Here are some tips to keep in mind for coping with the holiday season. Maintain a healthy routine & practice self-care Try as much as possible to maintain healthy routines like sleeping, eating regular meals, exercising, and attending any groups and appointments during the holiday season. Time can feel scarce when your schedule tightens up with all of the ‘extra’ tasks you have to [...]

25 October, 2017

Revisiting Suicide: How can I help?

2017-10-25T00:33:33-04:00Categories: Mental Wellness Tips, Services|

Last week we talked about understanding suicide and the major warning signs to help reduce risk. While it's one thing to acknowledge invitations or warning signs for suicide, it's another thing entirely to take action and support a loved one displaying these warning signs. You may be wondering, "Where would I even start?" While not every suicide can be prevented, there are things we can do as individuals to help make a world of difference to someone who may be suffering in silence. How can I help a loved one? If you’re concerned about someone else, talk with them. Don't [...]

4 October, 2017

Go Green for Mental Health

2017-10-18T15:51:19-04:00Categories: Mental Wellness Tips|

Last week we introduced you to Amy Tunstall, an incredible young woman who has taken on a bold expedition of the Bruce Trail with the goal to raise mental health awareness. As the founder of Aim Outside, Amy understands just how good ‘green’ is for your mental health—which is exactly what we’re going to talk about today. The notion that exposure to nature has healing properties isn’t new, but with the advent of Western science, medicine, and technology we’ve become distanced from this line of thinking. A growing body of research on the relationship between natural settings and our mental [...]

4 September, 2017

Back to school mental health tips

2017-09-05T09:52:07-04:00Categories: Mental Wellness Tips, Services|

As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season, CMHA Niagara is reminding people to keep mental health in mind during the transition. While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies: Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, exercise, and eat well. Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time [...]

16 January, 2017

Coping with the winter blues

2017-01-18T09:04:34-05:00Categories: Mental Wellness Tips|

With the holidays over and the grey winter weather setting in, some Canadians may notice a shift in mood and energy. While 'Blue Monday’ – the third Monday of January – once touted as the most depressing day of the year, has proven to be a myth (this claim has no scientific evidence to support it), the 'winter blues' are all too real. Research in Ontario suggests that 15% of the general population have experienced the winter blues, which can include changes in appetite and lethargy as the days grow shorter. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, [...]

24 November, 2015

Working at the Walk-In

2017-01-04T09:57:46-05:00Categories: Mental Wellness Tips|

One of the comments I hear staff say when asked what is it about the working in the Walk In Counselling program that stands out for them, is that they get to be part of a process that helps people right away.  Being able to respond to someone who is in crisis and feeling vulnerable in the same day they make contact with the organization helps staff feel like they are making a difference. The other way having access to immediate service is seen as being beneficial is that for the times you are speaking with someone on the phone [...]

13 November, 2015

Positive Impact of Working in Mental Health

2017-01-04T09:57:46-05:00Categories: Mental Wellness Tips|

Working in mental health has many positive consequences.  One of them is the role of self reflection on one’s own mental health.  Being mentally well every day is a goal that I believe most individuals would strive for.  However there are many real life things that can challenge our level of wellness (e.g. how we slept, a fight with had with a spouse, friend, child, your work day, needs of elderly parents, and even traffic, or waiting lines).  Needing to be aware of how you are doing as you work with others is one of the important competencies mental health workers [...]

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