Welcome to our Virtual Mental Wellness Workshop series, hosted by Beth, clinical supervisor at FSWE.
In this series, we cover the following topics:
In Module 1, we explore your sense of self, which usually refers to how you think about and view yourself and the value that you place on yourself as a person.
How you view yourself also influences how you view other people and the world in general.
We cover ways to strengthen your sense of self, as well as unhelpful thinking styles that may contribute to a poor sense of self.
Download the handout for Module 1 – Sense of Self
In Module 2, we discuss the importance of boundaries, which is when we set a limit with someone in a clear, direct, and respectful manner. It is a limit for what is safe or appropriate for you.
We then review the art of communication. In order for you to be able to communicate effectively, you will need to learn to recognize your current style of communication and explore techniques to assist you in developing effective communication skills.
Finally, we discuss decision-making: How you make choices greatly influences the quality of your life, but sometimes we run into barriers to effective decision making include, including fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of taking risks, and fear of what others will say.
Download the handout for Module 2 – Boundaries, Communication & Decision-Making
In Module 3, we begin with feelings, which we define as reactions you have to things that happen around you, and you use “feeling” words to describe them.
We cover anxiety – a natural emotion experienced by everyone. The main function of anxiety is to protect and prepare a person to deal with a real threat or danger. Healthy anxiety energizes a person and enables them to take action to overcome this threat or danger.
People who struggle with unhealthy anxiety find that they are in a constant state of preparation. This occurs when anxious feelings are a result of perceived threat or danger.
Finally, we cover stress. Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so common that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad, though; in small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But, when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.
Download the handout for Module 3 – Feelings, Anxiety and Stress
In Module 4, we discuss depression, a word used in everyday language to describe a number of feelings, including sadness, frustration, disappointment, and sometimes lethargy, and review signs and symptoms of depression, contributing factors, and strategies to cope with depression.
We also discuss anger, which is a normal human emotion! have been violated. It is like a caution light. How you respond to anger is what can lead to problems.
Download the handout for Module 4 – Depression and Anger
Need to talk? We can help!
If anything comes up as you go through the modules that you would like to talk to a counsellor with, here are three options that may be right for you:
- Joining one of our Walk-in Wellness Group Sessions (available virtually) on Mondays from 5:30 – 7pm. These sessions cover the same content as the videos.
- Accessing our Walk-in Counselling Clinic (currently available by telephone) to create a plan for managing any concerns that arise from taking part in the modules.
- Scheduling a Counselling Appointment with one of our professional, affordable and compassionate counsellors.
If you would like more information about any of our counselling services, please call us at 519-966-5010 and our Customer Care team would be happy to help you.
We acknowledge and are grateful to the Government of Canada and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) for funding this initiative.