Mental Health and Wellness

You got this

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

If you, or anyone you know, needs support at any time, please call 1-800-232-7288

If you or someone you know are in danger, or are at imminent risk of suicide call 9-1-1.

Town of Devon FCSS does not offer crisis intervention. The Edmonton region can access trained specialists, available 24/7, who provide an essential service to those in need. Whatever your concern is - please call.

For confidential assistance, please contact the 24 hour rural crisis support line. This is available through Canadian Mental Health and is open to everyone. It is a supportive listening, crisis intervention and referral service. This number is 1-800-232-7288 or go to their website at www.mymentalhealth.ca 

In addition, they offer an online service – not 24 hours but evening 6-10pm and weekends noon – 4pm. There is also the option of an in person meeting. Both of these services and more information can be found at http://edmonton.cmha.ca/programs-and-services

The Town of Devon provides a variety of services that can support mental wellness, including programs, outreach or direct support. We also offer Subsidized counselling (where eligible) - starting at $20 per hour for a limited number of sessions (determined by need and application type). Families who earn less than $75,000 and individuals earning $50,000 or less. The Town of Devon has partnered with Karunia or Family Counselling Centres for a variety of therapy options. Counselling may be sought for a variety of concerns, such as assistance with relationship issues, communication issues, parenting support, anger management and mental wellness strategies. You can call 708-987-8325 for more information.

What is #YouGotThis?

In short: a campaign aimed at promoting mental health and wellness in our community.

Having good mental health means having the ability to ‘bounce back’ from difficult experiences. The Town of Devon Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and Recreation departments are working together on a long-term approach to support our residents in achieving this.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada writes that “by promoting mental health and preventing mental illness, we can…..reduce, to the greatest extent possible, the number of people whose mental health is poor, who experience the symptoms of mental health problems or illnesses, or who die by suicide”.

Developing good mental health is a personal journey but it doesn’t mean it has to be done alone. Through a focus on social, emotional, and physical activities, events and opportunities, the Town of Devon will promote, support and encourage the development of healthy behaviours that can help foster strong mental well-being for individuals and the community at large.

Information and programming provided is not intended as a replacement for diagnosis, treatment or referral. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to health professionals for further information.

The aim is to provide tools, opportunities and experiences to promote competence, enhance self-esteem, and build a sense of well-being for individuals.

We will do this by:

  • Sharing the positive message that ‘you can do this – you got this’ (and there is help out there)
  • Raising awareness of what mental health and wellness is and steps that can be taken to develop and / or improve it
  • Working in partnership with schools, agencies, and community groups to share the message
  • Providing opportunities to be active
  • Providing opportunities to learn new skills
  • Supporting the development of strong community connections to increase social wellness and decrease isolation
  • Continuing to provide the services which already exist to support those who are more at risk

“Strategies that build thriving communities foster mental wellbeing for everyone”.  (Prevention Institute)

 

#YouGotThis campaign gets its own song!

The #YouGotThis campaign took another step forward by working with local Devon musical artist Kym Simon to develop a song in support of the campaign!

Listen to You Got This by Kym Simon here.

See the lyrics to You Got This here.

 

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