Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
Everyone has resilience. And everyone can become more resilient.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or what phase of life you’re in, there are ways to grow your inner strength.
What is resilience?
When life has challenges, resilience is your ability to recover from difficulties that you face. It’s the inner strength you use to overcome tough situations, adapt to changes outside of your control, and keep thriving. Being resilient doesn't mean it’s easy to face hard situations or that you won't feel angry, sad, or worried. But it does mean that you may feel like you can cope and respond to the situation(s) in spite of barriers.
Overall wellbeing, mental health and physical health
The town or city you live in, social and community connections
Education and employment
Availability of services and supports
You may want help from a counsellor or program like BounceBack. Or, you can start building resilience on your own.
There are practices you can do every day that don’t take much time:
Positive thinking. Try to find the positives in your situation, if you can. Ask yourself, what can I learn from this? Look to the future and expect that things will work out. You can't change what happens, but sometimes looking at a situation from a different perspective can change how you feel about it.
Connection. Build a support network; friends, family and other social connections can strengthen resiliency. Join a sports team, get involved in the arts or volunteer. Build relationships with people who make you feel good. Be there for them when they need help, and don't be afraid to let them help you.
Self-care. Eat well, have fun, get enough sleep, and exercise. Do things that you enjoy. See a movie. Have a good meal. Laugh with your friends. Relax your mind and body through mindfulness. Make a routine; the consistency of routine can help you feel more relaxed, organized, and able to face the day.
Perspective. Remember that things will change, and that you have made it through difficult times before. Be thankful for the good things. Try to see the funny side, if there is one. Look at change as a positive challenge rather than a threat. Take a look at how and why you feel the way you do when things change.
Goal setting. Taking on new experiences and getting out of your comfort zone to accomplish goals builds resiliency. List the things you've achieved in your life or those that make you proud. Use problem solving to manage stress.
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Support for low mood, depression, anxiety, stress, or worry. Talk to a trained coach on the phone and get resources for free.
A free online, video and phone-based coaching program.
BounceBack™ is for youth, adults, and seniors who are experiencing low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, or worry. This program gives participants access to workbooks, activities, videos and a trained coach who can provide up to six sessions over the phone.
Choose a program delivery method that works best for you. Programs are available in English, French Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi.
BounceBack ™ is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for all, as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
This interactive, 8-week course helps you build skills for coping with stress, problem solving and boosting mood.
Through group-based sessions led by a trained facilitator over video conference, participants learn self-management skills using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. Living Life to the Full is for people of all ages – choose from tailored courses for adults, older adults, youth, and new moms.
For residents of B.C., virtual courses are being offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the province. Courses are offered in English, French, Chinese and Punjabi.
Living Life to the Full is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for of all as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
This free, anonymous self-assessment tool helps you understand how you are feeling and reflect on your mental, physical and social well-being.
In a dozen questions, the Mental Health Check-in will ask you about sleep, eating, stress, mood, substance use, social support, and thoughts of harming yourself. It is anonymous and there is no right or wrong answer.
It is not a clinical test; if you think you might have a mental illness, talk with a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health professional, call 8-1-1.
The Mental Health Check-in is available in English, French and Traditional Chinese. It is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for all, as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.