Mental Health

Event Date: 
Friday, January 1, 2021

Now in its 3rd year, the #FernieStreak is back. And this year more than ever, this fun, supportive nudge to get outside and get active, is just what is needed.

To cater to the slight change in the norm, the #FernieStreak is taking a slight change in direction. Online registration and daily tracking – with the ability to sign up the entire family, including kids dogs too; the addition of downhill skiing; the push for safe COVID-safe adventuring; and the goal to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

The holiday season also presents new challenges for us. This time last year many of us were holding open houses, going to shopping parties, and spending time with friends and family in preparation for the holidays.

December is upon us and so is the end of 2020, a year no one will soon forget. For so many, December is a month rich with tradition, indulgence, and faith. As the world around us faces new challenges in its struggles with COVID-19, it might be difficult to envision what this holiday season will look like, let alone figure out how to make it special. It is also more important than ever to go into this season and the new year with a strategy for maintaining your health – both physical and mental. 

We all need to hear these simple words: You are accepted—loved and supported and welcomed. The underlying story is that some people still have a harder time finding acceptance than others.

In July, I had finally had enough. I was no longer happy beating up my body with hill repeats, maximal start intervals and tempo efforts with no fixed or tangible goal in sight. I finally put aside any aims at competition for the rest of the season and sought joy and adventure in my own backyard instead, nervously embracing the freedom and spontaneity of a clear horizon.

Most of us can easily list off all the things we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, but are we really doing it? Is the holistic in nature? In my experience we tend to be very good at knowing what to do and struggle with the actual living it part.

There is an old proverb that says, ‘you reap what you sow.” These words imply that the actions we take today greatly impact our behaviours and interactions in the future. In our community we could use these words to cultivate kindness and gratitude in order to improve our quality of life and increase our connection to others. 

Our brains tell us lies each and every day. 

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2020
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The Hope in the Darkness Walk for Youth Mental Health is a national mental health initiative for young people. The walk promotes a message of hope and empowerment for youth.

Intended to be a call to action, Hope in the Darkness provides an opportunity for communities to join together for the wellbeing, strong identities and healthy lives of young people. With support from across the country, Hope in the Darkness works with schools, youth groups, Indigenous communities, mental health services and families.