Living in isolation during a pandemic is a very stressful situation for everyone. It’s normal to feel many emotions, including stress and anxiety. It’s also a time when some people display great resilience. Whether you are struggling or thriving during this time, it is important to focus on your overall health during Mental Health Week.

From May 4-10 join the online challenge found on the Facebook and Instagram pages of The Community Compass. This challenge focuses on activities related to the protective factors that improve and protect your mental health. Examples of these protective factors include: good nutrition, physical activity, social connection, creativity, relaxation and getting a good night's sleep.

Visit the Community Compass event link for a list of suggested activities for the week relating to each protective factor; you can do these or add your own ideas. To enter the contest choose activities, complete them, and submit a photograph during Mental Health Week. Include the hashtag #GetRealTriRegion with all your entries to be eligible to win a locally sourced comfort basket. The more activities you complete, the more chances you have to win, as each entry gets you a new ballot.

“We really hope that the Tri-Region rises to our challenge during these difficult times. It will create a fun break in everyone's isolation time.” says Pam Kollross, Community Connector with Westview Primary Care Network.

In addition to the challenges that take place each day through the event, join us in the morning with 88.1 The One for special guests and at noon for a Zoom Room event. These events will showcase a featured online challenge that brings people together through activity. The activities you will find in the zoom room range from a percussion circle where you can bring whatever bangs or clangs to a live guided meditation session.

So where does the #GetReal fit into this challenge? “The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) slogan #GETREAL invites us to open up about how we are feeling - instead of saying you are fine, let people who care about you know how you really feel,” says Angela Fetch Muzyka , Community Development Officer with Family and Community Support Services. “Being able to name how you feel allows you to connect more with others and allows others to speak candidly as well. Mad, sad and glad are all part of that conversation. Good mental health isn’t just about being happy all the time.”

Celebrate Mental Health Week (May 4-10) by having real, virtual and phone conversations with friends, family or neighbours and say what you really mean instead of saying, I’m fine. Be brave and share how you are really feeling and you will find you are not alone.

Join The Community Compass for the challenge on Facebook and Instagram and remember, we’re in this together for our mental health, get ready to #GetRealTriRegion!

A huge thank you to our sponsor RBC and to all the supporting community partners Parkland County, City of Spruce Grove, Town of Stony Plain FCSS, Wabamun FCSS, Ever Active Schools, Westview Primary Care Network Community Connectors, Achieving Community Together and The Community Compass, Parkland School Division, Paul First Nation Health Services, Stony Plain Public Library, and Dr. Bailey.

Contact for Inquiries:
Angela Fetch Muzyka
Stony Plain Family and Community Support Services

Carly Stobbes
Spruce Grove Community Support Services


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