MYS Blog

Caring for Ourselves and Others

This week, we are celebrating two important themes: Mental Health Awareness Week, and Child and Youth Care Worker Appreciation Week. Youth Care workers are the lifeblood of Macdonald Youth Services. They are an essential service who continue to work incredibly hard to provide 24/7 care in our healing homes and resource centre.

At MYS, the past eight weeks have been interesting - a delicate balance between slowing down and staying put, and at the same time racing to get supports and structures in place to continue helping our most vulnerable. Fortunately, this sprint/stop pace is changing and we're beginning to feel a settling of sorts - a new balance emerging in our homes, community and lives. Of course, mental and emotional wellness is key to balance, so it's certainly timely that it's Mental Health Awareness Week.

Mental disorders continue to affect many (if not most) of us at some time in our lives. Though every experience is unique, it is so important to know you are not alone.

What a better time to take a moment (20 minutes if possible), be still, breathe deeply and ask ourselves, "How am I doing, really?" It is "only in quiet waters that things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." Helen Keller

This week's resources include several activities that help make self-care easy and fun for all ages.

If you need help, please don't hesitate to reach out to our MYS Family Navigators at 204-452-0551. If you are in crisis, please call our 24/7 Mobile Crisis Line at 204-949-4777.

Stay safe. Take care of yourself and each other.

Evening Self-Care

Family Self-Care

Kindness Bingo

Self-Care Bingo

Mental Health Checkup and Toolkit

Postive Affirmation Cards

Positive Things to Say to Kids

Self-Care Plan Blank

Self-Care Plan