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.

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.

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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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.

Waking Up: Willa Burton

 As I sit here contemplating where the beginning of my journey really began, I start to realize how much help I really needed and how far I’ve come.

 At this point in my life I’d suffered from chronic migraines, so going to the doctor was a monthly occurrence for me. But one Thursday morning doctors visit would change the course of my life forever. My dad, my doctor Didi and I became really close over the prior two years. So my dad sitting in on all my appointments was totally normal, and almost expected every time I went. When the nurse called out “Wilhelmina” I began to replay my migraines that week preparing myself for the questions Didi would ask. But as I began to sit down to update Didi, he stopped me, asking my dad to go for a walk around the mall. A thousand thoughts crossed

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.