On October 14, Mary-Anne and I delivered a workshop on Mental Health for OACAS’s YouthCAN conference at Seneca College Newnham Campus. It was one of many sessions happening at the same time, so we were surprised at the 25 person turnout. We opened by sharing a bit about The New Mentality and gave a very basic overview of how we approach the concept of mental health, before getting into our Mental Health Jeopardy game.
We split into four teams and asked questions in five categories: General Mental Health, Mental Health in Canada, Mental Health Diagnoses, Perceptions and Stigma, and Self-Care. After some heated competition we crowned our winning team: The Trotters! The victors seemed satisfied with the grand prize of chocolate bars while everyone else enjoyed some slightly less substantial sweets.
After the game we shared some more information about The New Mentality, this time with a focus on self-care. At this point we were running out of time before the group had to check out of their rooms, but we did have time to squeeze in a super quick group brainstorm of self-care strategies. I’ve posted a photo of the list we came up with, and the text is below. What are you own self-care strategies? We’d love to hear – if you’re willing please share them in the comments!
Self-Care Strategies – YouthCAN Conference
- Walk my dog
- Cuddle with my dog
- Make art
- Write poetry
- Go for a run
- Talk to your best friend
- Get away – go to a cottage or get out of the city
- Wash your face and take care of zits
Many thanks to the OACAS YouthCAN staff for inviting us to the conference. We met some awesome people and had a great time!