Brad, Ashley and Doneka standing in front of a stained glass mural, looking at the camera and smiling.

Many people long for a sense of community and connection in Strathcona County. We want you to know: you belong here. Join Doneka, Ashley and Brad from Strathcona County, Family and Community Services for an engaging discussion and skill-building tips to help you feel more connected. 

You Belong Here is a 5-episode podcast series focused on connection and wellbeing in Strathcona County. Beginning in June, a new episode featuring thought provoking discussion, tangible tips and information on available community resources will be published each month. 

Listen to You Belong Here on:

Episode 5⏐Destigmatizing mental health: Fostering a culture of connection and support in Strathcona County

In this episode, we delve into the impact of social and self-perceived stigma related to accessing mental health supports. The team offers practical insights on fostering compassion and understanding, while shedding light on the importance of challenging societal views and promoting inclusivity. Through personal anecdotes, they emphasize the significance of creating a supportive environment for all, encouraging listeners to seek help and foster a culture of connection.

Episode 4⏐Finding common ground: Navigating polarities and cultivating compassion in your community

In Episode 4 of the You Belong Here Podcast, the crew discusses the concepts of polarities, compassion, and how to begin to cross the occasional divides we can see in our social groups, families, and community. 

Episode 3⏐The art of listening: Strengthening connections and building trust

In this episode, we explore the importance of active listening, uncovering its positive impact on building connections and trust. Through practical tips and real-life experiences, we discuss the art of active listening and its role in strengthening relationships. Join us as we navigate the challenges and rewards of this essential skill, empowering you to prepare for difficult conversations in your personal and professional life.

Episode 2⏐Collective belonging: Celebrating difference and flourishing together

In this episode, we explore collective belonging, celebrating differences, and flourishing together. We discuss the shift from certainty to curiosity, embracing tolerance and inclusivity for differences, and the power of simple acts of kindness. We delve into finding hope, common values, and a sense of meaning, while normalizing the fear and uncertainty of reaching out to others. Through suspending judgment, engaging with new people, and sharing our skills and passions, we discover the transformative impact of community involvement and the importance of belonging for all.

Episode 1⏐Connection: creating a sense of belonging

Welcome to You Belong Here, a podcast dedicated to exploring the power of connection and its profound impact on our lives. Join hosts Ashley, Brad and Doneka, from Strathcona County Family and Community Services, as they share practical strategies for embracing vulnerability, cultivating self-compassion, and building deep connections that foster a sense of belonging. 


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Last updated: Friday, March 22, 2024
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