Hey everyone, check out the information from PreparedBC about recognizing and treating heat-related illnesses – stay safe and keep cool!
Hey everyone, some weather and air quality alerts in our area – stay safe!
Hey everyone, with the current heat warnings in effect please take extra precautions to keep cool at this time.
Stay updated on heat warnings and current wildfire info (https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/) and find out what measures are in place locally for cooling centres and heat response/resources, should you need them. Example from Kelowna here: https://www.kelowna.ca/our-community/news-events/news/cool-down-locations-available-public-temperatures-climb
Stay safe everyone!
Hey everyone, with the weather alerts notifying us all of heavy rainfall, and the notices of flooding risks in the Province, we wanted to highlight the importance of staying connected to local emergency resources.
The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in response to localized flooding. Find out more here.
Get connected to your local emergency operations and keep up to date on emergency information! Stay safe and stay prepared.
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Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month and today we’re exploring how empathy is different than sympathy.
Check out this explanation (from Brené Brown).
Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month. CMHA has featured empathy in their mental health week campaign this year – and empathy is very important in communication and in relationships!
However, and as CMHA highlights here in “Empathy and Compassion Fatigue” by Allison Dunning (Peer Support Canada), it’s important to know about and be aware of the “downfall” of empathy: compassion fatigue.
Compassion fatigue happens when we spend so much of our human energy trying to listen, understand and support others that we become exhausted ourselves. We can spend so much time thinking about other peoples’ experiences, needs and well-being, that we can forget to think about our own.“Empathy and Compassion Fatigue” by Allison Dunning (Peer Support Canada)
Self-care and guarding against compassion fatigue are important parts of being in a caring profession. There are many resources available online as well as lots of posts on our website with information, resources, and strategies to help with compassion fatigue.
You can also check out suggestions to guard against compassion fatigue while still engaging in empathy in the original article on the CMHA website here, or their further suggested reading on strategies here.
Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month and today we’re asking you to consider practicing empathy!
Did you know that empathy is like a skill? It’s something you can learn, and something you can get better with at with practice.
CMHA has featured empathy in their mental health week campaign this year – and you can check out 5 ways to incorporate and practice empathy in your life here! Why not pick one and give it a go?
Hey everyone, just a reminder as we head into the holiday weekend to check out the Family Support Institute’s Calendar for Connection – get connected with local events, or get connected online!
Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month and today we’re asking you to consider the art of listening!
Do the people you listen to feel understood? Does the way you listen enhance and enrich your relationships?
Listening is the communication skill that links up with EMPATHY – which is what CMHA has featured in their mental health week campaign this year – and communication is at the heart of relationships. If you’re interested in developing quality relationships in your life, or want to enhance the quality of the relationships you have, check out the art of listening (and get some great pointers!) here.