Spotlight on Well Being

Spotlight on well being: Decolonizing Mental Health

Hello everyone,

This is the second week in our ongoing series aimed at supporting mental health in the faculty. This series came about following one of our dialogue sessions with MSW students in which the challenge of finding time for self-care was underscored. We promised to send out a list of resources that people may find interesting, helpful, or even inspiring. Many thanks to FSW members Will, Liz, Amy, and Victoria for your contributions! Feel free to let me know what you found helpful AND if you have some good links to share, reach out to me at lakloren@ucalgary.ca and we will make a point to include them next time.

Liza Lorenzetti

>> Video (Speaker Series):

Ermine, W. (2011) What is ethical space? Collective ethics as a path to resisting

burnout. Insights, Differently Knowings Speaker Series.

>>Webinar:

Decolonizing mental health and well-being (York University). Can be found here:

>>Article:

Zapata, K. (2020, Feb). Decolonizing mental health: The importance of an oppression-focused mental health system. Calgary Journal.


Look After yourself: A spotlight on well being

Dear FSW Students and Colleagues,

As winter sets upon us, I have been thankful for the many sunny days and seek – not always successfully- to find moments of gratitude and catch my breath. As a social work community, we are often called to offer support and care to people around us in the many roles that we occupy on a daily basis. At times, we can find ourselves at the very bottom of the long ‘to-do’ lists in our heads. In one of our Dialogue Sessions with MSW students, the challenge of finding time for self-care was underscored. We promised to send out a list of resources that people may find interesting, helpful, or even inspiring. Many thanks to FSW members Will, Liz, Amy, and Victoria for your contributions!

Feel free to let me know what you found helpful AND if you have some good links to share, reach out to me at lakloren@ucalgary.ca and we will make a point to include them next time.

Sending my best wishes to everyone as we all move towards the end of a busy semester and most unusual year. When I am in doubt, this is one of my go-to quotes: The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. – Coretta Scott King

Liza Lorenzetti

 

Some On-campus Resources

 

Some Resources to Browse


Wellness Resources

You Matter. You are not alone. Reach out to Community.


SU Wellness Centre:

  • Call: 403-210-9355
  • Visit: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Awo Taan Emergency Shelter: a shelter facility, a place of refuge, healing, and hope for vulnerable women and their children in times of crisis. The shelter provides basic needs and housing for up to 32 people for a 3-week period.

  • 24-hour crisis line: 403-531-1972 or 403-531-1976
  • Emergency accommodations
  • Counselling and support
  • Advocacy and referral
  • Education in family violence & safety
  • Pediatric Wellness

National Residential School Crisis Line

A National Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students and their families:

  • spouse or partner
  • those raised by or raised in the household of a former Indian Residential School student
  • any relation who has experienced effects of intergenerational trauma associated with a family member's time at an Indian Residential School.
  • You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 24-Hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

Hope for Wellness Help Line

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer:

  • counselling
  • crisis intervention

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

211 Alberta

Call 211 and you will have access to an entire network of community, social, health and government services. Your call will be answered by a professional Community Resource Specialist who is trained to assess your need and refer you to the most appropriate service or services. We offer this service in over 170 languages and it is available in many communities in Alberta, including Calgary. 211 is on its way to becoming a full provincial service.

211 is free, confidential, multilingual and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To reach 211, dial 2-1-1, text INFO to 211 or visit ab.211.ca and click “live chat.”

Visit for a comprehensive list of services

Distress Centre

For after-hours mental health support from the Distress Centre:

  • Call 403-266-4357, available 24/7.
  • Visit the Distress Centre website to access online chat from 3 - 10 p.m. on weekdays and noon - 10 p.m. on weekends.

Wood’s Homes Community Support Team

For additional crisis support from Wood’s Homes Community Support Team

  • Call 403-299-9699 or 1-800-563-6106, available 24/7.
  • Text 587-315-5000 between 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
  • Visit Wood's Homes website for live chat between 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.