Mental Health

Do you remember back in elementary school when you were asked to write “I am” in the middle of the page and you had to write all the things that made you you around it? Daughter, brother, reader, athlete etc. If I asked you to do that today, what words would you write outside of your profession and family roles? What are your current passions? If you have difficulty answering those questions, please know that you are not alone. I often ask people to do this exercise and receive blank stares in return.

Studies show that spending time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition. It came to no surprise then that when a local avid biker decided to bike from sunrise to sunset for Summer Solstice in 2020, as the pandemic was in its infancy and we were faced with so many unknowns, he approached the Elk Valley Suicide Task force to partner and raise much needed funds and awareness through what would be called the Solstice Ride for Mental Health. 

“To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.” John Muir. 

We show up for the humans in our lives. As soon as we wake up, we are taking out our pets, making breakfast for others, organizing our day around who needs what. We support our partners, our kids, our colleagues, our family, and our friends without even giving it a second thought.

We go though our lives with the benefit of only our own perspective. We see our experiences and the experiences of those around us through that one perspective, which makes it difficult to fully understand what the true experience of others is like. As a result, it can be challenging to recognize when equality in health and social care is lacking for other people or even ourselves but us not recognizing it doesn’t make it any less of a concern. 

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, March 10, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

Join local Drag Queen Isabella GiaVulva and Miss Bailey for a Storytime focused on mental health at the Fernie Heritage Library.

Watch via Zoom while their special guests read ‘A Shelter for Sadness’ by Anne Booth and ‘A Sky-Blue Bench’ by Bahram Rahman.

This event is in support of the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force.

Save the Zoom link 

Meeting ID: 335 313 3316
Passcode: 930528

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every week until Tue Mar 29 2022.
Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Elk Valley Suicide Task Force is offering a 2-day Mental Health 1st Air Course to all Elk Valley residents.

Available March 26th and 27th or March 28th and 29th

Registration fee is $200. Due to community support and grants they are able to offer the course for $20. To secure your spot, they kindly ask you to etransfer this to and which dates you would like to attend.

What is the purpose of living? Why are we here? 

In November, like so many others here in Fernie and around our province my little neighbourhood of Cokato went through unprecedented weather and we saw the devastating impact of an atmospheric river. I do not think I fully understood the power of water until those two weeks of storms. 

Most of us will respond with, yes, right now in this moment I am safe. Anyone who has experienced a significant amount of trauma will look around and list all of the things that could go wrong at any time. This is because once the mind experiences something fearful it does everything in its power to stop us from feeling that way again.