Caring for your mental health

We want you to take care of your mental health while practicing physical distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic; so we’ve compiled some ways to help you stay emotionally and mentally healthy over this period.

 

Quarantine and self-isolation can negatively impact and increase symptoms of depression and anxiety and the mental health implications of this unprecedented situation will impact individuals differently.  With growing concern surrounding coronavirus it’s important to keep as much of a normal routine as possible. Finding ways to maintain your normal routine is essential to reducing stress and potential anxious thoughts that may appear.

 

Filter News and Social Media

Constant news, opinions, and memes about the pandemic can feel relentless and may exacerbate existing mental health problems. Seek trusted information, such as the Government of Canada Website.

 

Speak Openly About How You’re Feeling

We encourage you to talk about your feelings with others, whether that be in a chat room, while using Zoom or Facetime or calling our Thrive Walk-In Clinic– there are various avenues of support and helplines available.

 

Fuel Your Body and Your Mind

A well-nourished body is better able to manage stress. Ensure your diet includes whole grains, vegetables (particularly of the leafy green variety), fruit, berries, nuts, seeds, and olive oil will help your body, help your mind.

Sleep

A night of good quality sleep is a form of overnight therapy and increases the chance of handling strong emotions effectively. Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. Achieving eight hours of sleep, taking a hot bath, and minimizing screen time two hours before bed.

Exercise

Clinical studies show that regular exercise produces chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin, which are as effective as antidepressant medication for treating milder depression. It’s important to create a daily exercise routine between 30-40 minutes at home.

 

 

 

This blog post was created as part of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information about our response, including changes to our service delivery and other resources, please visit: http://familyserviceregina.com/covid19-a-message-from-the-ceo/

Budgeting Help

If you have found yourself out of work or have been forced to close your locally owned business it’s imperative to focus on, and monitor your income and spending habits and actively cut back where you can. If you fall into that category and are starting to rely on emergency savings to get through this period, these suggestions can help guide you on how to spend your money.

Eliminate Unnecessary Expenses.

The most impactful thing you can do immediately is to be ruthless with your expenses and eliminate everything that you can live without right now. This includes things like your morning coffee from Tim Hortons and ordering from Skip the Dishes.

Make a list of everything you’re currently spending money on and circle the items that qualify as “wants” hit the pause button on any recurring subscriptions, including gym memberships, your unlimited cable, or expensive phone plan and make an effort to avoid online shopping. Guesstimate the total per-month that you’d save and highlight that number.

Eliminating those expenses may not have to be permanent, but can and will free up some much-needed cash in the meantime.

Prioritize your Remaining Expenses

If you don’t have any money in your savings, you may have to start prioritizing your needs.

Food and housing should be your top priorities. If you’re concerned about your ability to make those payments start by contacting your mortgage lender if you’re a homeowner and your landlord if you rent to discuss payment options.

When it comes to your grocery budget, stick to the essentials.

After prioritizing food and housing, you’ll want to be able to tackle your other bills. Contact Saskenergy, Saskpower, your water provider, internet provider and/or cell phone provider and ask if they are able to get you on a payment plan.

Make Minimum Debt Payments 

If you can afford to pay the minimum due on your credit card balance, do so. If you don’t, you may owe fees and extra interest, and your credit score could be negatively impacted.

Need more help? Start working on your budget with this Budget planner provided by the Government of Canada.

 

This blog post was created as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about our response, including changes to our service delivery and other resources, please visit: http://familyserviceregina.com/covid19-a-message-from-the-ceo/

88th AGM

Our Mission
Family Service Regina strengthens individuals, families and communities through responsive leadership and innovative programs and services.

Our Vision
Family Service Regina envisions a safe, inclusive and vibrant community in which all people are resilient, confident, and filled with hope.

The President and Board of Directors of
Family Service Regina
Cordially invite you to attend the
88th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Meeting to start @ 8:00 AM, Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Doors open at 7:30 AM, Breakfast to follow
At Family Service Regina – Suite 200, 1440 Broadway Avenue
Please RSVP by Wednesday June 12, 2019
To Shauna by phone: 306-757-6303
or email: schegwin@familyserviceregina.com

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

Without A Mirror

“It wasn’t until the pain of my present drove me to the pain of my past that I had the courage to look within and deal with it.”

End The Trend

87th AGM

Our Mission
Family Service Regina strengthens individuals, families and communities through responsive leadership and innovative programs and services.

Our Vision
Family Service Regina envisions a safe, inclusive and vibrant community in which all people are resilient, confident, and filled with hope.

The President and Board of Directors of
Family Service Regina

Cordially invite you to attend the
87th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Meeting to start @ 8:00 AM, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Doors open at 7:30 AM, Breakfast to follow
At Family Service Regina – Suite 200, 1440 Broadway Avenue

Please RSVP by Wednesday June 21, 2018
To Shauna by phone: 306-757-6303
or email: schegwin@familyserviceregina.com

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

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

86th Annual General Meeting

The President and Board of Directors of

Family Service Regina

Cordially invite you to attend the

86th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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: schegwin@familyserviceregina.com

 

 

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

Resilience- Aaliyah, 22

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.