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This year, we focused on using DIY self care activities as a vehicle for a conversation on mental health and mental wellness. We created a workshop that set up two different stations with crafts at each station, and our group members led a conversation on stress reduction and self care (station 1) and sharing your story and being an ally (station 2). We hosted a workshop at SOY, a workshop at The Studio, and hosted a booth (with short activities) the Runnymede Collegiate Institute and at the Uptown Pride BBQ. We created a pamphlet of resources at Skylark to hand out at the events.
We are also creating Mental Health First Aid Kits. Similar to how First Aid Kits for physical injuries and ailments are common, we want to break the stigma of mental health by showing how important it is to practice self-care for your mental health, in the same way you would apply a band aid for a cut. We’re filling our Mental Health First Aid Kits with things that are calming and comforting, such as tea, a journal, a colouring book, a CD with breathing exercises, a stress ball and more!