COMMUNITY: Get Loud for CMHA’s 65th Annual Mental Health Week

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About Mental Health Week CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. Today, MHW offers practical ways to maintain and improve mental health and support recovery from mental illness and addictions. CMHA’s 65th Annual Mental Health Week is fast approaching (May 2-8). And again this year, CMHA is asking Canadians to GET …

COMMUNITY: Bullying Awareness Week 2015, November 15-21

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Print and download National Bullying Awareness Week handout National Bullying Awareness Week (NBAW) NBAW began in 2002 when an Alberta father and educator, Bill Belsey advocated bullying prevention through education and awareness. NBAW has grown and is now celebrated across Canada and around the world. The goal of this annual event is to increase awareness around the importance of preventing …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Mark Cabaj (MBA, BA)

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator Mark Cabaj (MBA, BA) is a Safe and Caring Board Member, and Founder and Associate (Former VP) of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement For Mark Cabaj, community engagement and development is a way of life. Growing up in St. Paul, Alberta, Mark enjoyed supporting local public and not-for-profit groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs …

FOCUS ON: Get Loud for Mental Health

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Guest Contribution Ione Challborn, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region The Canadian Mental Health Association is celebrating its 64th Mental Health Week May 4-10, 2015 by exploring the important mental health needs of men and boys. Check out www.mentalhealthweek.ca to find important information you can use in your classroom and your own life. You can also check out …

COMMUNITY: Acts of Kindness from Alberta Education

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February’s Guest Perspective is by: School and Community Supports for Children and Youth Branch, Alberta Education Did you make a new year’s resolution? It’s still early in 2015, so let’s be optimistic and assume you are still on track with your plan. Common resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, getting out of debt, and helping others. Did you include one …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Ian Hill of the Changing Point

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Ian Hill is a leadership development innovator and humanitarian with a passion for helping others. Drawing from his personal experiences as an adopted at-risk youth turned successful business leader, Ian has dedicated his professional and private life to building stronger and more vibrant communities. Through his two major ventures, The Changing Point and the Becoming a Community Builder initiative, Ian …

COMMUNITY: Recapping #Care4U

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Our collective voice and collective action can make a difference! May 5-11 2014 marked Mental Health Awareness Week. Many different, provincial and national organizations came together to share an important message: Mental Health Matters. We were thrilled with the response to this year’s initiative. From interviews with local news and radio stations, to events attended by Alberta’s Premier, this week’s focus …

GUEST POST: Using your WITS – Creating responsive communities for the prevention of peer victimization

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Guest Post by: Paweena Sukhawathanakul, University of Victoria It takes a community to prevent bullying and promote healthy relationships. The WITS Programs unites schools, families, and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. The WITS acronym stands for “Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, and Seek help.” The program provides younger children …

COMMUNITY: Join us in helping set a Guinness World Record during Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week!

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Become a part of history and take part in the “Largest Online Book Discussion in 24 hours” with Miriam Laundry, author of the best-selling children’s book ‘I CAN Believe in Myself’ On May 6 & 7, 2014, Safe and Caring is partnering with Laundry Books to attempt to set the new Guinness World Record and we would love to have …