Take small steps for your mental well-being

April 30, 2021

CENTRAL ZONE – We are all faced with stressful times, especially as we continue to face the impacts of COVID-19. During Mental Health Week, May 3 – 9, Alberta Health Services is reminding Albertans of the small steps they can take for their mental well-being.

Small things can have a big impact on your mental health and ability to bounce back from adversity. Building a healthy routine, limiting media use, and learning to manage your worries as well as mindfulness and other coping skills can all have a positive impact.

During this week the Central Zone will acknowledge and celebrate Mental Health Week with the following events:

Red Deer

School students and staff across the city are encouraged to take part in a 3 km Aloha School Run to celebrate health and wellness. The run will be separated by class cohorts, staggered across a route, and comply with COVID-19 protocols. Schools will decide if the event is feasible for them based on current pandemic restrictions. The event is sponsored by Move Your Mood, SPARC and the PCN Women’s Fun Run, with donations being collected for the Mustard Seed’s school lunch program.

Grow Kids! is an annual event for all Gr. 5 students across Red Deer. Students will take part in this year’s virtual conference from the comfort of their classrooms. The event features mini-sessions provided by local instructors related to health, wellness, and healthy lifestyles. For more details, visit Grow Kids 2021.

Vegreville

The Vegreville Care Coalition encourages residents to take part in a Walk & Talk anytime this week by hitting the walking trails, getting some fresh air, and connecting with family, friends or neighbours – while keeping physically distanced. Look out for signage focused on reflection and connection along the way and be sure to post a photo tagging @vegrevillecarescoalition and #GetReal.

Wainwright

Raisin’ up your Spirits is a mental health and wellness community campaign that includes presentations, events, contests, and resources, providing tools to build resiliency and information on community supports. For more information, visit Raisin’ up your Spirits, or to register, contact 780-842-2555 or fcscommunityprogrammer@gmail.com.

If you or someone you know is struggling, resources and supports such as Text4Hope and Togetherall, are available, visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/helpintoughtimes. Talk about your concerns with your partner or someone else you trust or call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-887-303-2642.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.