Community

UnderstandUs teams w/ Regina Firefighters for Movember

Regina Firefighters and UnderstandUs have teamed up to raise awareness for mens mental health.  We created shirts to fundraise for mens mental health which sold out immediately.  We are very excited to be working with such a great group of individuals that are so committed to breaking the stigma of mens mental health.  Please show your support by donating or coming to the Movember party.

The Movember Party is Wednesday November 25 @ 7pm at the Rugby Club with a 20$ Ticket.

If you would like to donate to the Firefighters Movember team then follow the link below:

Donate to Movember

 

Naming the Elephant in the Room: Victoria Sutherland

 I have depression. There. I said it. Holy shit, the elephant in the room has been named! I won’t tell you that I suffer from it, but instead I’ll say I deal with it. Much like an addiction, admitting is the first step and it’s taken me two decades to finally do it. I, along with many other people had bought into the stigma. I spent 6 years obtaining a psych degree (yes, I see the irony in this) so I knew all about the signs, symptoms, treatments and knew that someone with depression isn’t broken or fucked up. Yet, I didn’t want to be labeled as someone with a mental illness. So, instead I gave excuses for my illness – “I’m just feeling down for some reason”, “it’s just a bad day/week/month”, “I’m fine but I just need some time away from everything”. Not once when I had an extreme reaction to a negative event did I think “hmm maybe this is something bigger.”

Team 20/20 Runs for youth mental health in Toronto

UnderstandUs is excited to sponsor team “20/20” in the RBC Run for the kids.   These individuals are located in Toronto and their view and care for youth mental health was so aligned with our vision that we are honoured to feature them on our site.  Please take a moment to donate to their team or share their stories on your social media outlets.

DONATE TO THE RUN

Karen Jacoby

Although I consider myself  philanthropic, the RBC Run for the Kids is the first cause I have personally championed and team I have captained. In partnering with ‘Understand Us’ I hope to not only bring awareness to youth mental health challenges locally but nationally. My recipe for bringing calm to my life is becoming active in charitable pursuits and setting goals to improve the world we live in and the people we share it with.

Michelle Tiangco and Matthew Lawrence
After a mentally exhausting day, our go to remedy is turning off all the lights and meditating. No cell phones, no talking, and most importantly breathe. It helps us feel grounded and in control when things around us are chaotic!

Susan Sun
As a teacher many of my students come from cultures that still view mental illness as invisible or non- existent. Their language barriers make it harder than ever to reach out. I wish every parent and teacher would look just a little harder to see the signs and every child would feel comfortable enough to open up. We all need to work together to reach the unreachable and understand. My recipe to destress and unwind is almost a ritualistic night routine of: imgur to see the humor, beauty and kindness of the world; one form of tea or another and a far fetched novel to escape into a different world.

Matthew Kim
My recipe for mental wellness is focusing my day by turning my phone on silent, plugging in my music and reading an inspiring book about some of my favourite sports legends.

Alexa Arquhard
This race and cause is important to me to create awareness and help for those in need like myself. I suffer from anxiety which has only become manageable through the right support and aid. I hope to bring solutions through the Sunnybrook Hospital Navigation Project to other children and families who are at the beginning of their process and make a difference in their health and quality of life. When I am feeling overwhelmed I focus my energy on physical activity- and preferably a good dance.

Yoga at the Park: Sol’s fitness & UnderstandUs

What: 1 hour yoga session to raise money for mental health.

When: Wednesday August 19 6pm – 7pm.

Where: The park behind Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

How:  Show up with friends and enjoy yourself.  Any donation is accepted but not mandatory.

Why: Sol’s fitness and UnderstandUs believe that mental health and physical health impact each other in positive ways.  We want to offer tools for everyone to live a happy and healthier life.

Thank you for your continued support.

Come see us this summer!

We are excited to be a part of 2 amazing events.

We will be setting up booths at:

The SaskTel friends festival Regina – Saturday July 25th City Square Plaza

Regina Folk Festival – Friday August 7 – Sunday August 9 Victoria Park

The Sasktel friends festival Saskatoon – Saturday August 22 Rivers Landing

Come see us to check out our new gear and get information on what we are up to!

 

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Share Your Recipe: Seven Stones

A group of fourth year nursing students from the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Regina were placed at Seven Stones Elementary School for their community rotation. They wanted to implement mental health into their educational time with the students. They narrowed in on this issue as being something that is not talked about enough in a positive way within the community and also a topic that many students struggle with.

 

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CMHA Mental Health Week

We are so excited to take part in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week.  Please share and participate in support of this organization’s great work.

 

Share Your Recipe Fundraiser

Only a few seats left for this fundraiser tonight.  Your support will help us launch our upcoming campaign.  Thank you for your support.

Break the Stigma: Kirstin Kuka

My name is Kirstin Kuka. I’m 22 years old and I am a University of Regina student. I am currently finishing up my last year of my undergraduate degree in Human Justice with a specialized concentration in Criminal and Restorative Justice. Try telling your family that long title every single family gathering! Human Justice and Criminology in general are my passions and I am so truly blessed to have found something that I love so much to fulfill as a field of work and study.

 

I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression at the age of 19. But in all honesty, I had been dealing with both of these mental illnesses long before my diagnosis. As a child I was one of those kids that constantly worried about other people, especially my family. I remember seeing a counsellor regularly for the first time in elementary school at the age of 8 and as I grew older I continued to see someone off and on just to stay on track.

 

Holiday shopping that means more

We all need great holiday gift ideas. Why not support your community while you are at it? This Holiday season give the gift of Understanding and help support our upcoming campaign launching in 2015.   Think of it as a gift for you, them, and your community.  
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Happy Holidays

Brawn for Brains – A workout for mental health

On saturday November 29th(12 pm) UnderstandUs, Aspen Electrical and CrossFit Villains are presenting Brawn for Brains.  A workout fundraising event which will include a small community workout, auction, prizes and a lot of fun!  The event will be held at 655 Henderson Dr and we will be using every dollar raised to renovate the classroom at the Canadian mental health association of saskatchewan along side Aspen electrical.

 

This classroom is used to provide educational workshops to those who suffer from mental health barriers to improve their mental well being.  We will be updating the Audio/Visual, furniture, lighting, office supplies and general layout of the room to ensure this great organization can get the most out of this room for years to come.

 

We believe in giving back to the mental health community in Saskatchewan and we are very excited about this project.

 

You can sign up below:
Information and registration

Donate to the project below:
Donate to the classroom project

Walk with me: Kristin Foote

What is an RPN anyway?  Why wouldn’t you just become a real nurse? Aren’t you scared of working there?  Tell me some crazy stories!

 

These comments and questions are asked to me on a regular basis as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. I am a proud RPN at the Regina General Hospital on the Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry Units and a Casual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker with Phoenix Residential Society.