As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season, CMHA Thunder Bay is reminding people to keep mental health in mind during the transition.
While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies:
- Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, and eat well.
- Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time to think about the resiliency tools available to you, such as structured problem-solving skills or people who can help you during difficult situations.
- Reach out for support. Social support is an important part of mental health. People in our networks can offer emotional support, practical help, and alternate points of view. Contact CMHA Thunder Bay for mental health support in your community.
CMHA Thunder Bay offers a 10-week workshop on Restore Your Resilience, Rediscover Your Joy Pathways to Resilience. The workshop focuses on enhancing your physical, mental,
emotional, and spiritual wellbeing through new skills and fresh perspectives, “Pathways to Resilience” is the series based on “The Chemistry of Joy Workbook” by Dr. Henry Emmons, this ten-week program integrates the best of brain science, nutrition, and mindfulness to help you restore the elements of a joyful life. Our next session starts on September 24, 2019, for information, please contact Joanne Books at (807) 683-4952.
For post-secondary students, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) has compiled an orientation package of campus mental health resources available across the province. Visit the CICMH website to view the full list. Additional mental health tips specifically for children can be found on the Children’s Mental Health Ontario website.