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.

 

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

UnderstandUs “Mo’s Out” for mens mental health.

UnderstandUs believes that positive mental health is one of the most important factors leading to individuals thriving in life.  This is why we are a proud supporter of the Movember campaign in promoting positive health in men.

We are extending an invitation to support this great initiative by making a small donation through our page.
Donate to Movember on behalf of UnderstandUs

An Untold Truth: Jerrod Corse

Did somebody say “mental health?” I thought you shouldn’t say that out loud, after all, it has a negative stigma right? Well to those who have or currently live with mental health diseases, please scream it out loud.  It is a disease that can have disastrous effects and could be happening to anyone around you, including those you love the most or the boss you feel has everything “together”.

 

The Truth: Kelsey Hanson

“I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say because of you, I didn’t give up.”

 

I found this quote about six months ago and when I read it, all I could think about is how much I wanted to hear those words from someone. I realized that although I have struggled and dealt with many obstacles, I can be that inspiring person that I’ve always wanted to be.  For the first time in my life, I have realized that it is unfair to be ashamed of who I really am and what has made me who I am today. I am taking the risk of having another story that is the same as so many others, but I also have the opportunity to inspire or maybe help someone build the courage to tell a friend or family with a struggle they have been dealing with. My goal is not to make people feel sorry for me, I do not want any sympathy, my goal is to help people realize how precious life is and that if you are struggling, you are not alone.

 

One hours time: Riley Lawson

In one hour’s time in Grade 7 at the age of 12, something happened. I didn’t know it at the time but it would shape my entire existence, influence my every decision, and affect the rest of my life…

 

I had been sick with the flu for a few days at home prior to the day that began it all. I was in music class and was not feeling well so I asked to go to the bathroom. The teacher told me to sit back down and wait the 5 minutes until the film was over, so I did as I was told. I remember sitting there thinking about how embarrassed I would be if I got sick in front of all these people but dismissed it and tried to watch the film. Not more than 2-3 minutes later I felt a wave of sickness come over me,

Out of the Blues: The story of Chris Burns

This is the story of Chris Burns.  A great friend and someone who I believe will be a huge part of the mental health movement in Canada for years to come.  His unique story and his fearless way of delivering it is amazing to watch.  This video follows Chris’ fascinating history, his battle with depression and ends with a message of hope for those who suffer.