Distress Centre launches 24 hour Crisis Chat and Text

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Distress Centre (DC) has recently announced that their online services – crisis chat and text – are now available 24 hours a day! Text 403-266-4357 to speak with a volunteer, or Chat online through the chat portal at the top of every page of DC’s website. Phone support is still available 24/7. Call 403-266-4357 if you need to talk. Distress …

Free Virtual Fitness Classes Offered in August by the City of Calgary

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No need to get dressed up for the gym. You can work out in whatever is comfortable by joining City of Calgary’s Virtual Fitness Classes. All classes are free in August, so take advantage of them now! Paid classes begin in September. Benefits of joining online fitness classes: Live instruction from certified instructors No additional monthly fees No need to …

Mental Health Week – Statement by the Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Mental Health Week: “Today, we mark the first day of Mental Health Week. It is an opportunity for Canadians to come together to talk freely about mental health issues without stigma or judgement, listen to others’ stories, and offer support to each other. “After more than a year, the …

Y Mind – Free Mental Health Program for Youth

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Are you living in Calgary and between the ages of 18 and 30? Y Mind can help you cope with stress and anxiety! What is Y Mind? Y Mind is a mental wellness program for youth experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and stress. Formal diagnosis of anxiety is NOT required. Y Mind is a FREE 7-week program provided …

The 4th Annual Women’s Wellness Fair

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In partnership with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre and the City of Calgary, Immigrant Services Calgary is hosting the 4th annual Women’s Wellness Fair. We will turning a one-day community fair into four days of activities, starting with a kickoff event on March 8 and continuing with workshops between March 9-11. Join us in our daily activities hosted under the 2021 …

Alberta COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

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The global pandemic has significant impacts on youth’s mental health. The Alberta COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub helps youth find accurate information and relevant resources in regard to their mental health. This hub is a partnership between the Alberta government, Jack.org and Kids Help Phone. On the website, you will find: Downloadable Educational Social Media Posts Downloadable Educational PDFs …

Ways to Support Socially Isolated Seniors during the Pandemic

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Older adults are among the most vulnerable citizens during this global pandemic. For those who were already isolated prior to the pandemic, their physical and mental health face even more challenges these days. Red flags that seniors are struggling: Increased withdrawal Changing eating/sleep patterns Uncontrollable anxiety Signs of confusion and disorientation What can we do to support seniors? Pay attention …

Togetherall – Virtual Mental Health Care

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What is Virtual Mental Health Care? Services that use technology such as video, telephone and messaging to provide mental health care. Support provided virtually can decrease travel time, time away from home wait time for service What is Togetherall? Togetherall is a clinically moderated, online peer-to-peer mental health community that empowers individuals to seek and provide support 24/7 is free …

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Lisa C. COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

As the year 2020 draws to an end, the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on. The lockdowns and stay-at-home orders have led to dramatic changes in our behaviors, habits and daily routines. Whether we have contracted the virus or not, this global pandemic is affecting everyone’s mental and physical health to some extent, largely (and unfortunately) for the worse. No …