Health

Hitchhikers Improv Presents: Embrace the Unusual

We are so excited to support Hitchhikers Improv group on their quest to acknowledge and improve mental health in our community.

This amazing and talented group of individuals share many beliefs that we value as an organization:

  • Vulnerability is the first step to improving your mental health.
  • Passion and art can act as a healthy outlet for improving yourself.
  • Who you surround yourself with becomes your support system and your influencer.
  • Sometimes the people who strive to entertain others may be the ones who need the support themselves.

Check out the video below and visit their website for any upcoming shows.

Hitchhikers Website

 

WHY I’M CHOOSING TO LET GO OF THE GUILT: Katey Yurko

This is not a woe is me story. I don’t feel sorry for myself. (I try not to, anyway.) What I’d hope is this starts a conversation around this topic because I’m finding that there are so many women (and men) out there who battle depression. It’s very common… although many of us choose to keep it a secret because we feel ashamed and/or guilty about it. And… what I’m discovering lately is, we mustn’t. It doesn’t help us OR our cause. In ways, going through it can really be a character strengthener. There’s so much to cover… this is just the first discussion.

My Recipe: Jenna M Warren

Understand Us, the mental health initiative has started a campaign trend called Share Your Recipe as well as Vulnerable Is Beautiful. Ending the stigma against mental health is life changing, literally. After spending almost 27 years of my life with undiagnosed depression and anxiety, the battle wasn’t always easy, but I was always learning and sometimes barely surviving. Here’s my vulnerability.. I mean recipe.

Let’s Talk: Braedon McLeod

This is an important day for many, many people, including myself.#BellLetsTalk day is a chance to start a conversation about something that affects millions of Canadians — and people around the world — every single day.

My struggle with mental illness, namely anxiety, started in the fall of 2014 at Thanksgiving dinner with my family. Out of nowhere I just felt trapped, scared, and like I couldn’t breathe. I’d never experienced something like it before. It lasted for 17 hours. I had to miss work the next morning, which snowballed into me being fired from my job. Since then, there are some days where I’m short of breath, stuck in my own head, and constantly worried that everything is out to get me. There are some days, too, that I am completely content and ready to tackle the day ahead. You don’t know when it will rear its ugly head. It just does.

A little more about how it affects me. I’ve had times where I’ll be driving from Saskatoon to Regina. Suddenly I’ll feel panicked and like I am in immediate danger. My chest will tighten. I’ll feel trapped and like I’m going to pass out at any moment. Seemingly irrational to you; very real — in the moment — to me.

One thing I’ve learned though, is that it all passes. I feel like I’m dying in the moment, but it passes.

I would not be able to battle this alone, and I am thankful every day for the support group that I have.

UnderstandUs: Where does the money go?

As a charitable organization that was simply begun by a group of passionate individuals, we often get questions from our community regarding where donations of money and manpower are going towards. At the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year, we sought to be able to provide these answers to our valued supporters. So, we analyzed where money was spent in the previous year, and what it was going towards in order to move our cause forward. As with any non-profit, generating clarity around what exactly our money is spent on is important to us and those who support us.

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

 

Finally: Jenna Toms

As I am sitting at my desk sipping on my coffee, I realize I am smiling for no reason. I am sitting in total peace, completely content, and then I am overwhelmed by emotions. My mind starts racing and I begin to have flash backs from the last few years of my life. Over the course of those ten seconds of flashbacks and memories, I take a deep breath, and as I exhale, I say to myself, “Finally. Thank God, finally.”

Finally I can feel happiness. Finally I am not numb to everything around me. Finally I see how good I have it, how blessed I am and how far I have come. Finally I recognize how much love I am surround by daily. Finally I realize that I deserve to be loved. Finally I am capable of loving another with all my heart. Finally I truly love life.

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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Share Your Recipe: St Matthew School

We all know the things that we need to do to improve our physical health, but we often lack the tools to improve our mental health.  Whether it is going for a walk, playing your favourite sport, or reaching out to family or friends in times of need we all have ingredients to improve our mental wellness.  These recipes need to be shared.

The students at St. Matthew Elementary are asking you to share your mental health recipe so they can cook with it. Be a leader and share your ingredients for positive mental health so those who are struggling with the same barriers can use those tools to live a more fulfilled and healthy life.  Use the pictures below on your social media outlets to share your ingredients with friends using #ShareYourRecipe.

 

Go to ShareYourRecipe.ca

 

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.

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