Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre

Mental Health Organization Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre provides men and women in our community who have been diagnosed with a mental illness access to crisis intervention, support counselling, skill development and social recreational programs 365 days a year, 7 days a week.

Since incorporation in 1973, Calgary Association of Self Help has grown to a multifaceted agency with client-centered programs such as our Resource/Activity Centre, Activities of Daily Living, Life Skill, Initiatives, Occupational & Leisure Skills, Creative Arts, Recycling Project, Art Program and Writers' Club. The Associations 23 staff members provide confidential and non-judgmental support to over 1,200 Calgarians annually who are challenged with mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety, personality disorder and others. In addition to the illness they are also dealing with issues such as poverty, unemployment, stigma and social isolation. Calgary Association of Self Help’s objectives and mandate is to provide Calgarians 18 plus years with: - specially designed programs, where individuals with a mental illness can improve their skills and enhance their capabilities for living, learning, working and socializing in the community, - a safe place where they are accepted and can find companionship and friends among others who share their life’s path, - counselling, crisis prevention and intervention services that reduce reliance on expensive hospital or emergency services and - recreation opportunities that they might otherwise not have access to on their limited income. Calgary Association of Self Help offers an approach that understands mental illness and provides adults with learning and recreational opportunities in a climate of acceptance and hope. The Association provides flexible programs to help clients rebuild their self-esteem, increase confidence, reduce social isolation and introduce new skills which can be used in their daily lives to cope with their mental illness. In turn, it reduces the burden on families, friends and employers who are also affected and helps to prevent relapse and the need for costly hospitalization within an overburdened healthcare system. The Association also relies upon volunteers to help support our operations; annually 100 volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of service each year.

Mission: Vision - Calgary's courage and energy, working together for mental health. Mission - Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre provides a range of integrated mental health services to inspire, build, and advance the abilities of adults with mental illness.

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Our March Recreation Calendar is now available on our website! Clients are able to sign-up by phone at 403-266-8711. Please note, all indoor activities will be one to one instruction. Sign-up continues throughout the month however please be advised there are limited spots available and appointments will fill up quickly. Outdoor trips will have random draws to determine participation.

https://www.elementscmhc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/March-2021.pdf

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Self-Care Sunday: Sketch something outside your window
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On Sunday, February 21, 2021 the building at 1035 – 7 Avenue SW will be closed. Therefore Elements will also be closed on Sunday. We will reopen on Monday, February 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre: Tax Clinic. Call Dana at 403-266-8711 to book an appointment.

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Self-Care Sunday: Eat a meal outside
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When it comes to mealtime, many of us scarf down our food on autopilot barely noticing the taste, texture or aroma of the food. This mindfulness exercise encourages us to slow down and bring our full attention towards what we are putting into our bodies.
• Step one: Start simple and choose a food that you can easily hold in your hand, for example a berry or a raisin.
• Step two: Before you pick up the food, notice how it looks on the table in front of you. Examine how the food looks, its colour, its size, and how light may or may not reflect from its surface
• Step three: Next, pick up the food. Focus on the weight of the item and how it feels against your skin. Roll it around in your hand, notice the texture-is it smooth or rough? Firm or soft?
• Step four: Place the food in your mouth, but refrain from chewing it right away. Notice how it feels in your mouth. Does the texture feel the same as on your hand? Can you taste anything?
• Step five: Finally, begin to slowly chew your food. Notice how your teeth sink into it, explore the new texture. Pay close attention to the flavor of the food and how it spreads around your mouth. Notice how your body reacts- does your mouth fill with saliva, does your tongue become hot or cold? Continue to chew your food paying close attention to the many sensations as you finish.

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Mental Health: Healthy Self-Talk

THIS: Whoops. I made a mistake.
NOT THAT: I’m dumb.

THIS: I like me.
NOT THAT: No one likes me.

THIS: I did something bad.
NOT THAT: I’m a bad person

THIS: This is really hard, but I’m going to keep trying.
NOT THAT: I give up. I’ll never be able to do this.

THIS: I haven’t figured it out… yet.
NOT THAT: I never get anything right.

THIS: I am enough, and worthy, too.
NOT THAT: I’m not good enough.
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Every February people in Canada and the United States are encouraged to celebrate Black History month and to recognize the roles and achievements many African Canadians and African Americans played in shaping our history.
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Self-Care Sunday: Benefits of listening to podcasts
1. You learn something new
2. Podcasts are free
3. It’s an alternative to reading
4. Improves listening skills
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This mindfulness exercise is a great way to interrupt the fight or flight stress response. Completing the exercise requires focus. When you deepen the breath, it slows down the heart rate and harnesses the need to move with an action that provides sensory feedback.
• Step one: Stretch one hand out so that you have space between your fingers
• Step two: Hold up your pointer finger from your other hand
• Step three: Starting at the bottom of your thumb, use your pointer finger to trace up your thumb as you slowly breath in through your mouth
• Step four: When you get to the top of your thumb, slowly breathe out through your nose and trace down the other side
• Step five: Repeat these steps for all five fingers

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Mental Health: It’s Okay to Cry
Benefits to crying:
1. Helps to let go of bottled up emotions
2. Soothing
3. Relieves stress
4. Helps to relieve pain
5. Enhances mood
6. Helps you sleep better
7. Helps to get support from others
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#anxiety #depression #together
#mentalhealthisimportant
#mentalhealthtips #notalone
#elementscalgarymentalhealthcentre
#mentalhealthyyc #mentalhealthcanada
#recreation #selfcare

Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre: Tax Clinic. Call Dana at 403-266-8711 to book an appointment.

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#mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthawareness
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Self-Care Sunday: Play a Board Game
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This is a quick and versatile mindfulness exercise that can be done in nearly any situation to bring you into a mindfulness state.
• Step one: Notice five things that you can see. Become aware of your environment and bring your attention towards things that you may not normally notice like a shadow or a small crack in the floor
• Step two: Notice 4 things that you can feel. Bring awareness to things that you are currently feeling, like the texture of your pants or the feeling of a breeze on your face
• Step three: Notice 3 things that you can hear. Take a moment to listen and note three things that you can hear in the background. This could be the hum of the refrigerator, or the sounds of traffic from a nearby road
• Step four: Notice 2 things that you can smell. Bring awareness to smells that you usually filter out, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Maybe it is the smell of a fast food restaurant across the street or the faint scent of your shampoo or hand cream
• Step five: Notice one thing you can taste. Focus on something that you can taste right now in this moment. You can take a sip of a drink, or chew a piece of gum or simply notice the current taste in your mouth

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#recreation #selfcare

Our February Recreation Calendar is now available on our website! Clients are able to sign-up by phone at 403-266-8711. Please note, all indoor activities will be one to one instruction. Sign-up continues throughout the month however please be advised there are limited spots available and appointments will fill up quickly.

https://www.elementscmhc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/February-2021.pdf

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#anxiety #depression #together
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#mentalhealthyyc #mentalhealthcanada
#recreation #selfcare

Let's get grateful!

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#mentalhealthisimportant
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#recreation #selfcare

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Motivational Monday: “Be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued. Loved and supported”
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Self-Care Sunday: Are you hydrated?
Staying hydrated is absolutely fundamental to our health. Did you know that more than 60% of our bodies are made up of water? Without enough water, the impact on both our physical and mental wellbeing would be severely affected. The following are a few ways to tell if you are dehydrated:
1. Dry Mouth
2. Lack of Perspiration
3. Muscle Cramping
4. Tiredness and Irritability
5. Disorientation
6. Dark Yellow Urine
7. Dry Skin

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In many instances, we are quick to extend compassion towards others but we forget to offer the same compassion towards ourselves. This mindfulness exercise encourages us to be kind to ourselves and build stronger resilience during difficult times.
• Step one: Take 2 deep breaths, making your exhales twice as long as your inhales
• Step two: Put your hands over your heart
• Step three: Acknowledge the moment. Say to yourself (out loud or in your mind): “this is really hard, I am struggling right now”
• Step four: Recognize that struggling is something all humans experience. Say to yourself (out loud or in your mind): “Everyone struggles”
• Step five: Express compassion and love towards yourself. Say to yourself (out loud or in your mind): “may I be kind to myself in this moment”
• Step six: Take a moment to feel the warmth of your hands on your heart and the feeling of kindness towards yourself.

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Mental Health: Walk in awe
“Studies show that anything we can do to direct our attention off of ourselves and onto other people or other things is usually productive and makes us happier,” said Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California Riverside. “A lot of life’s problems are caused by too much self-focus and self-absorption, and we often focus too much on the negatives about ourselves.”

“It turns out people who help others end up feeling more connected and become happier,” stated Lyubomirsky .

Feeling a sense of curiosity or awe about the world around you is likewise shown to boost emotional well-being.

“Awe makes us feel like our problems are very trivial in the big scheme of things,” Lyubomirsky said. “The idea that you are this tiny speck in the universe gives you this bigger-picture perspective, which is really helpful when you’re too self-focused over your problems.”

For example, a study recently published in the journal Emotion investigated the effects of “awe walks.” Over a period of eight weeks, 60 participants took weekly 15-minute walks outdoors. Those who were encouraged to seek out moments of awe during their walks ended up showing more of the “small self” mindset, greater increases in daily positive emotions, and greater decreases in daily distress over time, compared to a control group who walked without being primed to seek out awe.

“What we show here is that a very simple intervention — essentially a reminder to occasionally shift our energy and attention outward instead of inward — can lead to significant improvements in emotional wellbeing,” said Sturm, the lead author.

So, bottom line: When the world between your two ears is as bleak as the howling winter outside, shifting your attention outward can be powerfully beneficial for your mental health. And hey, even in the dead of winter, a 15-minute awe walk outdoors is probably something you can do.
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1035 - 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
T2P 3E9

General information

Some mental health facts: One in five Calgarians will develop a mental illness in their lifetime; the others will know someone personally affected by the illness. Mental illness is the leading cause of workplace disability accounting for 30% of disability claims. $51 billion is the estimated cost to the Canadian economy for health care costs and productivity loss. Two in three people affected with the illness do not seek help due to the stigma associated with mental illness. To get well and stay well, people need some form of treatment, support and programs like those offered by Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre. Our priority for over40 years has been and is mental wellness.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:45
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:45
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:45
Thursday 08:30 - 17:45
Friday 08:30 - 17:45
Saturday 10:00 - 17:45
Sunday 10:00 - 17:45
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