Free Walk-in Counselling

One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness throughout their lifetime. Thrive Walk-In Counselling is breaking barriers to accessible mental health services with no fee required.


REGINA, January 9, 2018 – Thrive Walk-In Counselling has officially launched at two Regina Public Library locations, allowing Family Service Regina to expand their mental health services. Thrive Walk-In Counselling is a free service that was launched in September 2017, the program offers accessible counselling services for all individuals looking for help with a wide-range of issues, including stress, depression, anxiety, family conflict and urgent needs.

“What makes our program unique is that people don’t have to wait for a first appointment. It can be a big step reaching out to a counsellor and we are able to meet people immediately and help them in their time of need. Additionally, this program has significantly reduced wait time for services, so we are able to help people beyond their first session quicker than ever.” said Kirk Englot, Director of Operations and Business Development for Family Service Regina.

Through our new partnership with the Regina Public Library, the walk-in services have seen strong community engagement. “Uptake on the walk-in counselling offered by Thrive has been outstanding and demonstrative of the need for this type of service in the community.” Jeff Barber, Library Director and CEO, said, “Regina Public Library is pleased to offer welcoming, familiar spaces in which participants can feel comfortable participating in this program.”

The free walk-in services are made possible by a $120,000 investment in local mental health services from Green Shield Canada. The funding is dedicated to improving access to mental health services in the community for individuals who might not have the means otherwise, it’s enabled Family Service Regina to hire additional staff and build commonality across the city with like-minded service providers. “Thrive Walk-in Counselling, through Family Service Regina, ensures safe and accessible services for our community to turn for help,” said Shellie Pociuk, CEO of Family Service Regina. “Access to affordable mental health counselling is an issue that significantly impacts all Canadians.”

About Thrive Walk-In Counselling Thrive Walk-In Counselling is a program of Family Service Regina. Thrive is a community-based, city-wide, free, four-day-a-week walk-in counselling service for adults, children, teens and their families. The service is available at multiple locations across the City of Regina and aims to increase access to solution-focused counselling.

Dates, Times and Locations
Mondays and Thursdays from 1-5pm at Family Service Regina
Wednesdays 1-6pm at Regina Public Library, Central Branch Meeting Room 2
Friday’s 1-6pm Regina Public Library, Albert Branch, mâmawêyatitân Centre

Halloween Safety Tips

Follow these easy safety tips to ensure your little ghosts and goblins have a safe Halloween.

1. Use face paint or makeup instead of masks which cover the eyes and make it hard to see.

2. Patch test makeup/paint first to avoid skin irritation or allergic reaction.

3. Bring a flashlight.

4. Add reflective tape to costumes, skateboards, bicycles and other accessories so children can be seen easily in the dark.

5. Tackle one side of the street first, then the other. Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street and plan a route before setting out.

6. Only visit homes with the light on.

7. Never go inside. Remind children not to get into cars or enter the homes of strangers.

8. Inspect candy. Candy should not be eaten if the package is already open.

9. Parents get to keep a quarter of the candy children collect.

10. Have fun!

MEDIA INVITATION: The Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women

REGINA – June 3rd, 2017, over 600 walkers/runners join the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women in support of Family Service Regina’s women’s mental health programs. The run brings awareness and raises money while advocating the general positive effects of exercise on mental health wellness.




WHAT: The Shoppers Love. You. Run for Women in support of Family Service Regina

EVENTS: Little Steps 1km walk/run, 5km walk/Run, 10km Run

WHEN: June 3rd, 2017, 8:00am

WHERE: TC Douglas Building- 3475 Albert Street, Regina, SK.

Studies have shown that exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs and structured talk therapy.

“Family Service Regina celebrates positive tools used to manage mental health, which is why we were glad to partner with The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women. Family Service Regina supports the mental health of thousands of Saskatchewan women and young girls each year. We work with people’s strengths and help them build the healthy lives that they choose.” – Carissa Trenton – Communications and Fund Development, Family Service Regina.

We invite the media to attend the cheque presentation at 8:30am immediately followed by the 10km run kick-off at the TC Douglas Building – 3475 Albert St. Regina, SK.

Refreshments and snacks provided.

For More Information Contact,

Carissa Trenton
Communications & Fund Development
Family Service Regina
CELL: 306-591-7751

86th Annual General Meeting

The President and Board of Directors of

Family Service Regina

Cordially invite you to attend the


Meeting to start @ 8:00 AM, Thursday, June 22, 2017

Doors open at 7:30 AM, Breakfast to follow

At Family Service Regina – Suite 200, 1440 Broadway Avenue

Please RSVP by Wednesday June 14, 2017

To Shauna by phone: 306-757-6303

or email:



The Board and Staff of Family Service Regina would like to thank you for your continued support.

Resilience- Aaliyah, 22

DIY Eggcellent Easter Eggmoji’s

If you’re going to be making some Easter crafts this year, why not make some styrofoam emoji Easter eggs! These cuties were created by Carissa, who suggests we use styrofoam eggs instead of real eggs. Psstt… That’s because she’s a mom and hates wasting food but loves using craft paint and markers to decorate!
Now, gather up your kiddos or your friends, it’s time to have yourselves an eggcellent eggmoji party. For real.

You’ll Need:


Dollar Store Craft Supplies

2 packages of Styrofoam Easter Eggs at $1.25 each

1 paint tray $1.25

1 packages of assorted paint brushes $3.00

Yellow Craft Paint $2.00

Assorted paint colors $3.00

Black Sharpie $1.25

Total: Roughly $12.50 with tax




Cover your surface area with newspaper

Squirt some of the yellow paint into your painter’s tray

Using a medium-sized flat brush, color the eggs with the yellow paint



Let the paint dry (roughly 10 minutes)

Apply a second coat

Let dry for another 10 minutes



Start with your black Sharpie and create the solid black spaces on each emoji –

NOTE: leave blank space to paint the tongue red and teeth white on the two eggmoji’s seen above.

Open your red, baby blue and white assorted paint colors

Using 3 small paintbrushes from your assorted brush pack, paint the red tongue, heart eyes and heart kiss with one brush.

With a separate brush paint the white eyes and white teeth.

With the third brush paint on the blue teardrops.



Let your eggcellent creation dry overnight and in the morning your eggies will look like this!


Have an eggcellent Easter everyone!

Creating Solutions Together

There are times in life when everyone needs a little extra support. Family Service Regina offers counselling services wrapped in a safe and supportive environment for a variety of concerns that may be causing you or your family difficulty, our certified counsellors can encourage you to gain insight and discover your own potential while you move through struggling with a problem to discovering new directions and possibilities.

You may want help with your personal growth and self-esteem, be experiencing parenting or relationship challenges and conflict, struggling with mental health issues or have an addiction that is out of control.


We’re here to support you through:


  • Couples therapy/relationship counselling
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Depression, anxiety, stress or worry
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anger management and conflict resolution
  • Trauma, including sexual or physical assult or abuse
  • Grief, separation and loss
  • Self-injuring behaviors
  • Personal growth


What we talk about during counselling is confidential. This builds trust and will help you to explore difficult problems safely.

If you are wondering whether counselling is right for you, please contact us at 306-757-6675.  We can put your mind at ease and resolve your questions over the phone- you are free to ask whatever you want.

Family Service Regina offers free 60-minute walk-in counselling services on Mondays starting at 12:00pm & Thursdays at 1:00pm. You just need to show up! First come, first served.

Finding Balance in a Wired World


Our children learn how to use cell phones, video games, iPads, Kindles and other technological devices by watching us, their parents, so it’s up to us to model healthy habits, find balance with activity and technology and ultimately avoid being so absorbed in our devices that we miss our kids’ bids for attention.

We’ve all seen that mom texting, taking selfies and snapchatting at the playground while her three year old is calling out to her “mom, mom, mom look” we’ve also maybe been that parent. We upload a photo on Instagram or Facebook of our kids at the park- in real time, answer texts, answer emails and check our “likes”. The thing is, our kids notice, they’re watching us, watching our phones.


3 Things You Can Do to Change that, Starting Today.


Be a role model. Set an example by using tech the way that you want them to use it. Many parents feel they need to be accessible to their jobs. But that’s not realistic, set boundaries for work and family time, keep cell phones away from the dinner table, be fully present with your kids while you’re at the park and turn the TV off when it’s not being watched.


Set limits. Establish technology time limits offers a quick easy way to create a personalized family media plan and offers a recommended “media time calculator” based on your children’s ages.


Use tech together. Watch, play, and listen with your kids. Sharing your thoughts, opinions and values regarding the content can be great teaching moments.


Remember, our children should never feel as though they have to compete with devices for our attention.

Careers for social good: Finding real career fulfillment


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi.

A career at a not-for-profit human services agency is a great way to dedicate yourself to serving others, it provides you with an opportunity to get more involved with your community and make a direct and positive impact in the lives of those with who we share it with.


Why Work at a Not-for-Profit Human Services Agency?


Because you actually want to get up and come to work

Unlike a job in the corporate world, human service not-for-profit agencies offer work that enables you to utilize your education and professional skills but also delivers soul-feeding, meaningful outcomes. Encouraging you to strive to make a difference, and guaranteeing you’ll feel good about the work that you do.

The office culture is WAY better

Employees of human services agencies collaborate easily, you are all working for an organization because you believe you are making a difference in the world, you all believe in the mission and direction of the organization and you have a shared passion for the work that the group does. Not-for-profit agencies also offer more flexible working conditions, such as flexible scheduling, contract work, job sharing, leaves of absence, and health benefits.

There’s always an opportunity to advance or change careers

Working for a non-profit human service agency often means that you wear many hats. At one point or another, you’ll job share. Whether it’s helping a colleague with their workload or volunteering for one of the organizations events, it all leads to diverse experience within the agency and opens doors to advance into another role.

You literally change lives and see it first-hand

All not-for-profit human services professions are important in promoting social good and helping people in need. The goal of most human service organizations, including Family Service Regina is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through responsive leadership and innovative programs. Leading to a safe, inclusive and vibrant community in which all people are resilient, confident and filled with hope. How lucky are we? We get to witness the positive impact we make, just by coming to work every day.

If you’d like to spend your days feeling good, helping people, working for a cause or otherwise doing something extraordinary to improve your community, working at a not-for-profit human service agency is definitely for you.

Art for the Heart Supports Emotional Healing

Family Service Regina’s Art for the Heart program uses art to engage and strengthen those in our community by nurturing their creative talents. Art for the Heart allows people the freedom to move into a space that revitalizes hope and increases their self-esteem.

Anna Obey pioneered the workshop in 2014. She teaches First Nations beadwork, how to use a loom, painting and other creative activities.

Art for the Heart takes place two evenings a week.

Located at Family Service Regina– #200- 1440 Broadway Avenue
Register with Anna Obey at 306-757-6675

If you would like more information about our couselling services and coping with a traumatic event call our front desk to speak with a member of our intake team, 306-757-6675.



Our Art for the Heart Program is provided free of charge thanks to the generous support of: