Helpful Resources

Colouring can be a helpful coping resource, especially times of stress, crisis and change. Colouring at any age can reduce stress and promote relaxation.

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Color Me Stress-Free: 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind Paperback

This book gives children and adults alike to opportunity to enter a world of creativity and fun, letting life’s worries and stressors slip away. Taking a few quiet moments to create, reflect, discover, and imagine are useful to manage stress, build resilience, and reconnect with oneself. A great, easy book for the young and young at heart.

The Secret Me: A Questionnaire journal

Counsellors often encourage journaling as a tool for therapy. Journaling can help a person have improved clarity about issues or concerns, freely express themselves, explore thoughts and emotions, and can give a therapist additional insight into a client’s situation. Outside of therapy, journaling can support all of these things and can also help capture what’s happening for a person throughout their life. Getting started with journaling can be challenging for some, so this one is simple; questions are posed in a variety of formats, and you can complete at your leisure. Question and answer type journals are a great way to ease into journaling and see if it’s a fit for you!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies Rhena Branch,

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a common, effective tool used by many counselors. It’s helpful for a variety of issues including anxiety, anger, and depression. This book offers a look at the principles of CBT and explains how they can be translated into everyday life. CBT helps individuals understand how thoughts can impact feelings, and consequently actions. Dealing with negative thoughts can be a first step in overcoming issues. This book is an easy read and user friendly. Great tool for everyday life!

  • Suicide prevention program
  • Provides short term crisis counselling (GAP Counselling) and one-on-one grief and loss support
  • Facilitates grief support groups for parents once a month (Bereaved Parent’s Support Group & Sleeping Angels Support Group)
  • Offers presentations and workshops in the community, workplaces, schools, etc. on various health and wellness topics: grief and loss, mental health first aid, ASIST
When talking to a suicidal person

Do:

If the person says things like, “I’m so depressed, I can’t go on,” ask the question: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” You are not putting ideas in their head, you are showing that you are concerned, that you take them seriously, and that it’s OK for them to share their pain with you.

But don’t:

Argue with the suicidal person. Avoid saying things like: “You have so much to live for,” “Your suicide will hurt your family,” or “Look on the bright side.”

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Stigma and Suicide Article

If you had a broken leg, you would go to a hospital immediately. There would be no hesitation, and no consideration about what others would “think.” And after you left the hospital, you would not hide out in your house because you would be afraid of being discriminated against because of your “condition.” You would just go on with your life. No big deal. A broken leg. A cast. And in a few months, a healed bone.

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Recommended Reading from the Health and Wellness Program Team:

On Grief and Grieving

On Grief and Grieving is a book that I find puts action to words. The author brings an understanding of the grief process into our everyday life. She has woven together theory with examples of how we live out all aspects of mourning and grief. We are given inspiration, advice and the ‘permission’ to be sad, feel pain, dream as well as understand how we feel isolation and a look at the journey of healing. This is a book for all grievers no matter whom they’ve lost.

Healing after Loss

This book is comprised of daily inspirational meditations. It offers brief support and insight for the day but does not require much time of the reader’s behalf. There are short snippets that will encourage and lift the reader’s spirits. This is most helpful for those grieving due to the fact that, one of the difficulties during the grief process is the ability to concentrate and retain information. This is a great read.

Linda, Manager of Health & Wellness Programs at Some Other Solutions talks about the connection between kindness and resilience.

How do you know the right thing to say or do when someone is experiencing loss? Linda shares valuable tips on kindness, and how to help family members who are experiencing grief and loss.

Linda, Health & Wellness Program Manager talks about kindness to self on World Kindness Day

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Colouring can take your mind off the stresses of life, inspire creativity and help clear your mind. Take a few minutes to relax, enjoy and bring out your creative side.

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