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How Can I Help Myself?

Life may not come with a map, but everyone will experience twists and turns, from everyday challenges to traumatic events with more lasting impact, like the death of a loved one, a life-altering accident, or a serious illness. Each change affects people differently, bringing a unique flood of thoughts, strong emotions and uncertainty. Yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful situations—in part thanks to resilience. Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth." - American Psychological Association


These days, the Jamat is facing greater challenges of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This can affect people’s social, mental, physical and emotional well-being in many ways, and can also cause new or growing feelings of helplessness and anxiety.  The ability to be resilient, and learn new coping skills will help Jamati members survive and thrive during these tough times.  As #OneJamat, we can also support each other when our friends, family and community members might be struggling.  Here is a list of carefully selected training programs and resources that can help build resilience and improve our individual mental health and wellness.  

Build Resilience

1. Sign up for a program such as Living Life to the Full for Youth (ages 13-18). Course fee (with financial aid options available)

This is an eight-week program geared toward building a happier and healthier personal life. You will learn: 

  • Cognitive behavioural principles 
  • Tools to maximize your ability to manage life’s challenges 
  • Improved coping skills to deal with ongoing stress 
  • How to have more meaningful relationships with others 

2.  Review and fill out this workbook for resilience in your post-secondary education: From Surviving to Thriving. What you'll need: One-time internet connection to download guide. Pen and notebook or printer.

This is a personalized workbook to help you move from merely surviving your post secondary experience to actually thriving in it. You will learn: 

  • How to plan for potentially stressful situations 
  • How to get through those situations with a positive impact on your personal and academic life

3. Download one of these apps. What you'll need: One-time internet connection to download app. Smartphone (iOS or Android).

Moodie (age 13-21)

Moodie is a smartphone application that can help you manage your mood and mental health. You will learn: 

  • How to change your mood through customized activities 
  • How to track your moods, physical activity, eating and sleeping habits, and thoughts in a private journal 
  • To understand your habits better 
  • To train your brain and improve your well-being 

HealthyMinds (high school and post secondary students)

HealthyMinds is a smartphone application problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you can encounter both on and off school campus. You will learn: 

  • How to track your daily mood with a timeline 
  • How to journal with photos to help you stay mindful of emotions 
  • To identify and develop a problem-solving plan that can address life challenges 
  • Stress-buster strategies 
  • Breathing exercises to help calm the mind

Build My Coping Skills for Anxiety

Download this app called MindShiftWhat you'll need: One-time internet connection to download app. Smartphone (iOS or Android).

MindShift™ uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You will learn: 

  • How to relax 
  • How to be mindful 
  • How to develop more effective ways of thinking 
  • How to actively take charge of your anxiety

Learn the Basics of Resilience

Watch this webinar series on Building Resilience and Feeling Happier – Coping with Crises Using CBTWhat you'll need: Internet connection with audio.

This is a series of four webinars based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) designed to help you cope with stressful situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic. You will learn: 

  • To be aware of your thought patterns and associated emotions 
  • What you can and cannot control 
  • Concepts of mindfulness, gratitude, and self-compassion 
  • Other types of self-care

Build Resilience

1. Complete this online course: Mind control - Managing your mental health during COVID-19What you'll need: Internet connection with audio.

This course will give you a deeper understanding of the anxiety reaction, as it relates to our day-to-day lives. You will learn: 

  • Clear strategies for managing and “turning off” anxiety responses 
  • How your brain reacts to crises 
  • Tools for managing crises

2. Complete one (or more!) of the CMHA Recovery College CoursesWhat you'll need: Internet connection with audio; preferably wiht mic and webcam access.

A practical and empowering environment where adults can learn about mental health and well-being. You will learn: 

  • Your personal journey to improved mental health 
  • How to better support someone else struggling with their mental health 
  • Skills towards enhanced self-care 
  • To develop more confidence in facing life’s challenges

3. Complete this online course on Coursera: Resilience skills in a time of uncertaintyWhat you'll need: Internet connection with audio.

Dr. Karen Reivich shows how to incorporate resilience interventions into your personal and professional life. You will learn: 

  • Several types of resilience interventions 
  • Strategies to manage anxiety 
  • How to increase positive emotions, such as gratitude 
  • Critical relationship enhancement skills

4. Sign up for a program such as Living Life to the FullCourse fee (with financial aid options available)

This is an eight-week program geared toward building a happier and healthier personal life. You will learn: 

  • Cognitive behavioural principles 
  • Tools to maximize your ability to manage life’s challenges 
  • Improved coping skills to deal with ongoing stress 
  • How to have more meaningful relationships with others

5. Review and fill out this workbook: Mental Health First Aid Self-Care and Resilience GuideFrench workbook from Quebec.ca website: Télécharger le Guide autosoins - COVID-19What you'll need: One-time internet connection to download guide. Pen and notebook or printer.

This is a personalized workbook to help deal with mental health and wellness challenges. You will learn: 

  • How and when to use self-care practices 
  • How and when to use resilience building strategies

Build My Coping Skills for Anxiety

Download this app called SAMWhat you'll need: One-time internet connection to download app. Smartphone (iOS or Android).

SAM is a smartphone application to help you understand and manage anxiety. You will learn: 

  • What causes your anxiety 
  • How to monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour 
  • How to manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection

Improve Parenting and Caregiving

1. Watch this webinar on Caregiver BurnoutWhat you'll need: Internet connection with audio.

This is a webinar designed to help caregivers navigate the “new normal” during COVID-19. You will learn: 

  • How to self-care 
  • How to prevent burnout 
  • How to balance home and work responsibilities 
  • How to care for others as well as take time for your own health

2. Watch this Farsi webinar on Understanding Child and Youth Mental Health for Farsi SpeakersWhat you'll need: Internet connection with audio.

This video is a recording of a Pinwheel Education Series presentation on child and youth mental wellness (in Farsi). You will learn: 

  • About child and youth mental health 
  • How parents can raise resilient children 
  • What parents can do if their child experiences social, emotional and behavioural challenges 
  • How parents can seek help

3. Review this worksheet on Parents & Kids on the ‘Road to Resilience’What you'll need: One-time internet connection to download the worksheet. Pen and notebook or printer.

This is a worksheet designed to help parents and children develop resilience skills. You will learn: 

  • Practical skills for parents 
  • Practical skills for children

4. Watch this set of short 2-5 minute videos on the “Road of Life” Travel List (click the green text to access each video). What you'll need: Internet connection with audio.

Resilience helps us get through tough times as we travel the "Road of Life." All of us have the capacity to develop and encourage resilience in others. You will learn: 

  • Ways to help your child bounce back from life’s challenges 
  • How to help your child build confidence and learn self-control 
  • How to develop a positive outlook

5. My Anxiety Plan (M.A.P.). What you'll need: One-time internet connection to download worksheet or continuous Internet to work online.

My Anxiety Plan (M.A.P.) for Children is a free online anxiety management toolkit and step-by-step guide for parents with anxious children (mild to moderate).  M.A.P. is separated into five parts and broken down into easy to manage sessions that the parent can complete with the child. You/Your child will learn: 

  • How to use tools and worksheets to recognize and manage anxiety 
  • What happens to the body when s/he becomes anxious 
  • How to decrease excessive anxiety by gradual, controlled exposure

Build Resilience as an Older Adult

Review this worksheet: How Older Adults Can Protect Their Mental Wellness During COVID-19What you'll need: One-time internet connection to download the worksheet. Pen and notebook or printer.

This is a personalized workbook for older adults and seniors, to help deal with mental health and wellness challenges during COVID-19. You will learn: 

  • How to cope with self-isolation 
  • How to use self-care practices 
  • How to use resilience building strategies

Support Older Adults

Review this worksheet: Caring for Older Adults During COVID-19What you'll need: One-time internet connection to download the worksheet. Pen and notebook or printer.

This is a personalized workbook for informal caregivers / adult children of older adults and seniors, to help deal with mental health and wellness challenges during COVID-19. You will learn: 

  • How to start conversations about mental well-being with older adults resistant to discussing it 
  • How to express concern for the mental health of loved ones in a positive manner 
  • How to recognize the signs of decline in older adults’ mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

Build Resilience

1. Complete this online course: Essential Self-Care and Resilience CourseWhat you'll need: Internet connection with audio.

This special edition module is designed to help support your positive mental well-being. There are five lessons in this course, each taking between one and two hours. You will learn: 

  • The value of self-care 
  • Psychological self-care 
  • Physical self-care 
  • Spiritual and social self-care 
  • Resilience as it relates to stress

2. Sign up for a program such as Living Life to the Full or Psychological First Aid (pending; currently in pilot phase). Course fee (with financial aid options available)

This is an eight-week program geared toward building a happier and healthier personal life. You will learn: 

  • Cognitive behavioural principles 
  • Tools to maximize your ability to manage life’s challenges 
  • Improved coping skills to deal with ongoing stress 
  • How to have more meaningful relationships with others

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