By Dan Neuls, Clinician at Eastside Family Centre
For some, January can be a month for new starts, clean slates and renewal. However, it can also be a month of overwhelming, negative emotions like anxiety, sadness or fear. Regardless of the reasons you might be feeling down or overwhelmed here are a few things to help keep your spirits up.
Andy at the EXIT Community Outreach
By Sylvia MacIver, Wood’s Homes Communications Manager
Andy is 26 and has been homeless for seven years.
There’s a story behind every person without a home: After a shower and something to eat, Andy says he’s ready to share his. Continue reading
By the Community Resource Team, Wood’s Homes
- We all know that initial low that comes when so many of us head back to work (in the dark and cold) following the holiday break. Expect this from your children as well, as they settle back in to their school routine. Patience, positive reinforcement and encouragement will help them get back on track!
- Remember that some of the fun, family-time activities don’t have to end just because the holiday season is over. Make room in your schedule to continue playing board or card games, doing some arts and crafts and outdoor activities. The key is to do it together – as a family! And turn off all your electronics!
- People tend to do better when they have something to look forward to. Change your usual dinner menu (have Fondue or Taco Night), go for a drive and enjoy the last of the Christmas lights, settle in with some popcorn for family-movie night!
- If you don’t already have routines in place – do so! Resurrect the old ones, providing they work, or think about revamping them (this is a great way to kick off the New Year)! Remember to involve the whole family in the process.
- A new year is an opportunity for new resolutions and new goals. Setting goals – either individual or family – can be motivating. Break down your goals into S.M.A.R.T. goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Support each other in creating action items and fitting them into the family routine that will meet the goals.
Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family and community – let’s work together!
If you are experiencing a crisis and need to speak to someone, please call our counsellors at our 24/7 Crisis Counselling Line: 403-299-9699 or toll-free: 1-800-563-6106.
Wood’s Homes is a nationally accredited mental health centre – proudly helping communities for over 100 years. Learn more at woodshomes.ca.
By Esther Groen – Team Leader at the Vermilion Energy Family Centre,
This unique program is an intense, short-term service for families living in Calgary, and across the country. It is designed to improve the safety, functioning, and knowledge of families dealing with mental health concerns.
We opened the doors to our first family in June, and since then we have helped nine more, with many more scheduled in the coming months.
In this time, we have learned many things about what families are looking for in a treatment program and we are proud to provide a homey and comfortable environment for adults and children alike to work on complicated and often emotional issues. Continue reading