"It's not uncommon to find yourself being a little short, discombobulated or just not feeling yourself leading up to an incident anniversary. That awareness allows you to be a little gentler with yourself."
Today, Jan. 26, is Bell Let's Talk Day — a chance to open up about mental health. Here at the County, we chatted with Sherri, one of the navigators who supports residents when they reach out to Family and Community Services.
If you’re feeling a mix of anticipation and anxiety this December, it’s not unusual — and there are some practical ways to move forward.
When lockdowns started in 2020, Camryn packed up her things and left her Grade 6 classroom. Today, she’s a teenager and junior high student living in rural Strathcona County. Camryn shares her story of resilience in celebration of National Child Day (Nov. 20).
"Every day I wake up wondering, “Is it going to be busy?”. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. But it’s amazing how people from the community support small businesses. This community is very giving — you can count on them, you know?"
“You can prepare all you want and things still may go sideways — that’s the messiness and beauty of relationship. Conflict is hard but it’s so worth it. Hopefully you come out with a relationship that’s stronger.”
Organizations have the power to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people, and Big Brothers Big Sisters is doing just that. Riley Penner and Mason Nurse share their experience with the program.
"Although parents have been feeling anxious themselves, we’re seeing a lot of parents reaching out for support. Adults showing genuine care for their child’s well-being is one of the biggest contributors for great resiliency in a child.”
“Vulnerability is going to help us feel genuine and help us keep coping. It's also going to make the relationships we do have stronger.”
“We’ve had to make so many decisions through the pandemic, and we’ve made them with a lot of uncertainty about what’s going on in the world. The cumulative effect of all of these tough decisions is sticking with us."