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Ride Don’t Hide – June 22nd – Support the SK Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

We are excited that this awareness campaign and fundraiser is happening here in Saskatchewan for the first time, and couldn’t wait to get involved!  We have entered a team and are looking for riders to join us and ride for mental health awareness.

Spandex Thinking: Carleen Desautels

Yoga pants, jeggings, stretchy jeans and the comfy pajama bottoms that you keep for years.  When we put on these pieces of clothing we feel free and unrestricted, the shape of the clothes adjusting to the shape of our body rather than us having to adjust to the shape of the clothes.  All of these pieces of clothing contain some small amount of Spandex, in most cases as little as 5%.  The stretchiness of the threads allows the fabric to shift and move, making allowances for our bodies and making those yoga pants, jeggings or jeans the “perfect fit”.

Warm Hearts/Healthy Minds: Rachel Chapman

I am a 21 year old nursing student with the Saskatchewan Collaborate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. I had the opportunity to be placed on the Regina General Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit this year for my third year clinical placement.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a confident student who works well in a fast-paced environment, and who excels in challenging situations.  After being on the cardiac unit at the General, I was unsure of my move to the mental health unit.  Don’t get me wrong; I have a great respect for mental health and those affected by it; being someone who has struggled with my own mental health barriers. However, it was not the unit I wanted to work in.  To me, I wanted to be able to stitch someone up, heal a wound or administer medications and send them on their way to a healthy recovery.  But those who struggle with mental health barriers and addictions will battle with it for most of their lives and I had difficulty grasping the concept of never being able to fully “heal” someone.  Little did I know, it would change me forever as a person.

 

Give Us some Mo!

UnderstandUs is getting involved in Movember!

We are so excited to support such a huge initiative for Mens Health.  We are sacrificing our upper lip and are asking you to celebrate with Us.  All through November if you Tweet/Instagram or Facebook your stache with the hashtag #UnderstandUsMo we will enter your name to win an UnderstandUs hoody on December 1.

Stay hairy my friends!

Invisible Pain: Jim Demeray

For the last 2 years I have been confronted with a question that I have never had a clear answer to.  The question is “Why”? Although this confronts me everyday I have underestimated the power in it.  I have realized that sometimes your body will put things in motion before your brain will even process the “why”.  Or maybe the answers are not always the prettiest ones.  Maybe it is because I never took the time to truly admit the “why”, or maybe there are so many reasons that I struggle to find the one deserving of a definitive answer.

The question is; why did I start a Mental Health foundation?…

The UU Family

At UnderstandUs we are so excited to Launch our new website.  There are so many people to thank that I won’t begin to list them all.  But to all of those who have supported our initiative, offered their stories, let us into their classrooms, purchased our clothing, or spread the word on social media outlets; we are extremely grateful….