Self-Care - Mental Health

Managing your own health and fitness properly can take time, thought, and planning. Oftentimes, life simply gets busy, and juggling the expectations and needs of your own health, along with family, work, and social commitments can be hard. But self-care is important, to ensure that you have the positive mental, emotional, and physical wellness necessary to handle the demands of everyday life. Regular exercise, nutritious healthy meals, and yearly check ups all contribute to your overall health and wellness. Fitness and nutrition experts have differing views on how, and how often you should exercise, as well as the best diets, supplements, and meal plans available, but most agree that regular forms of fitness and nutrition help you to improve your strength and energy, achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, reduce stress, and prevent many physical and mental diseases and illnesses. Do you have questions about your current health and fitness? Would you like guidance or information from a fitness, wellness, or nutrition expert for yourself, a friend or loved one? Are you looking for resources and options within your community to help you manage your overall health, nutrition, weight, or cardiovascular fitness level? Kinjunxion is here to help with sources of support and information.

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Self-Care for the Mental Health Practitioner

The Theory, Research, and Practice of Preventing and Addressing the Occupational Hazards of the Profession

Dr. Alfred J. Malinowski's book provides a comprehensive resource on self-care for those working in the field of psychotherapy. Beginning with an exploration of the role and duties of the mental health practitioner, Dr. Malinowski describes how the demands of practice can lead therapists to diminished psychological well-being. He explores the impact this can have and, through an examination of the latest research, reiterates the importance of the self-care of the practitioner. He presents a number of self-care techniques and strategies and explains how they can be applied to maintain psychological, spiritual, physical and social well-being. A final section explores the need for additional training for psychotherapists in the area of the hazards and self-care, both in graduate courses for future clinicians and to help experienced therapists continue learning and practicing self-care principles in their daily lives. Highlighting the importance of self-care in the psychotherapy profession, this book will be of immeasurable value to psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals.

Mental Health Awareness

Self Care for First Responders

Black Women & Self Care

Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression & Healing

Provides information, reflections, and suggestions for creating personal health and wellbeing in an oppressive society. Holistic in coverage, Moyer covers topics such as self-care while experiencing anger, anxiety, and depression, as well as surviving white supremacist society, and encounters with racist behavior.

The Self-Care Project

How to let go of frazzle and make time for you

Everything you need to know about self-care; what it is, why it's important, why it's such a struggle and how to integrate it into day-to-day life. There's a damaging misconception in society that putting ourselves first is an act of selfishness. But self-care is not just a millennial buzzword. Without the restorative power of self-care, how will we ever escape the vicious circle where we're sick and fed-up of feeling sick and fed-up? Self-care is a tool, accessible to us all, which helps us to take responsibility for our own happiness - our physical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Jayne Hardy, founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, argues that it is the best preventative measure available to us to combat overwhelmedness, stress and ill health, in our hectic, modern world. The Self-Care Project is for those who have been feeling off-kilter for a while but have not been able to put the finger on the 'why'. It is a no-nonsense, practical journey to help you do just that. It'll walk you through the case for self-care (why it's so darn important), why it isn't selfish at all, help you explore what self-care means for you, what your obstacles might be and provide advice on how to chisel out daily space for self-care in a practical, achievable and realistic way. 'Reading this is like a therapy session with a trusted, empathetic friend determined to help you turn things around, minus any irritating self-righteousness' The Independent

Transcending Loss

“Compassionate, poignant, and practical. . . . Transcending Loss will be a great blessing on your lifetime journey of recovery.”—Harold Bloomfield, MD, psychiatrist and author of How to Survive the Loss of Love and How to Heal Depression Death doesn’t end a relationship, it simply forges a new type of relationship—one based not on physical presence but on memory, spirit, and love. There are many wonderful books available that address acute grief and how to cope with it. But they often focus on crisis management and imply that there is an "end" to mourning, and fail to acknowledge grief’s ongoing impact and how it changes through the years. “This is a book about death and grief, yes, but more important, it is a book about love and hope. I have learned from my experience and interviews with courageous people about pain, struggle, resiliency, and meaning. Their stories show over time, you can learn to transcend even in spite of the pain.”—from the introduction by Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family

A Self-care Guide for Siblings, Offspring, and Parents

Discusses the nature of mental illness and its devastating impact on family relationships, and describes the essential stages of recovery.

Nurturing Wellness through Radical Self-Care

A Living in Balance Guide and Workbook

“A necessity for 21st century living. A practical means for daily balancing.” – Indrani Maity, ND, D.Ay., Integrated Ayurvedic Naturopathic Energy Medicine Center Nurturing Wellness through Radical Self-Care: A Living in Balance Workbook guides the reader not only to emotional and physical healing, but also to lasting emotional well-being. Mental health professionals will find this complete mindfulness-based program valuable to create a well-planned and flexible holistic approach to client care. The book also gives individuals self-help tools to participate in their own recovery and achieve lasting wellness from the comfort of home. “There are a few wise women I know, and Janet is one of them. She is one truly gifted in matters of the heart. Her new book, Nurturing Wellness through Radical Self-Care, is a fitting follow-up to Pathways to Wholeness. Janet manages to embrace a complex field with a gentleness that makes the material accessible and eminently useful.” – A. T. Augoustides, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM “It took me so long to learn how to find joy, this book gives people easy to follow plans to quickly harmonize all the systems in their body and find not only joy but peace and health. I feel the major benefit is the program’s ability to help lift anyone out of the fight or flight response into a more positive balance and mindset. Thank you, Janet, for this gift. I’ll be recommending this to the parents I work with.” – Becky Henry, Founder of Hope Network, LLC, and award-winning author of Just Tell Her to Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders “Janet’s many years of experience working with clients as a therapist plus her in-office research and extensive studies make her a perfect guide and teacher if you are looking for ways to improve your life. The text a is timely gift to humanity!” – Anne Merkel, PhD., Energy Psychologist Coach, The Ariela Group of Wholistic Services

Paper Souls

Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work

A Guidebook for Students and Those Entering Mental Health and Related Professions

365 Days of Self-Care: A Journal

It's one thing to understand how important self-care is, but how many of us actually manage to make the time do it? In 365 Days of Self-Care, CEO and founder of The Blurt Foundation, Jayne Hardy encourages you to take some time each and every day to be mindful, to check-in and prioritise the things that are truly important to you. This ebook edition contains: 365 daily prompts and trackers to note your moods, sleep and more; thoughtful mini-essays to prompt some deeper work; and check-in pages to help you see your progress - everything you need to get started on your self-care journey. Examples of daily prompts include: · Day 1: Boost · Day 52: Appreciate · Day 142: Rebel · Day 209: Thankful · Day 327: Courage With the flexibility of choosing to start the journal anytime; on any day, in any year, this is the essential companion for bringing more self-care into your life.

How Not to Fall Apart

Lessons Learned on the Road from Self-Harm to Self-Care

“How Not to Fall Apart is the book that finally understands mental health, and it'll make you feel infinitely less alone.”—HelloGiggles Featured in The New York Post, Lenny Letter, BuzzFeed, and more What no one tells you about living with anxiety and depression—learned the hard way Maggy van Eijk knows the best place to cry in public. She also knows that eating super salty licorice or swimming in icy cold water are things that make you feel alive but, unlike self-harm, aren't bad for you. These are the things to remember when you're sad. Turning 27, Maggy had the worst mental health experience of her life so far. She ended a three-year relationship. She lost friends and made bad decisions. She drank too much and went to ER over twelve times. She saw three different therapists and had three different diagnoses. She went to two burn units for self-inflicted wounds and was escorted in an ambulance to a mental health crisis center. But that's not the end of her story. Punctuated with illustrated lists reminiscent of Maggy's popular BuzzFeed posts, How Not to Fall Apart shares the author's hard-won lessons about what helps and what hurts on the road to self-awareness and better mental health. This is a book about what it's like to live with anxiety and depression, panic attacks, self-harm and self-loathing--and it's also a hopeful roadmap written by someone who's been there and is still finding her way.

The Relaxation Response

For the first time, the ebook includes a video of Dr. Benson teaching how to elicit the relaxation response. This video allows the reader to access his or her innate capacity to counteract the harmful effects of stress. When Dr. Herbert Benson introduced this simple, effective, mind/body approach to relieving stress forty years ago, his book became an instant national bestseller. Since that time, millions of people have learned the secret — without high-priced lectures or prescription medicines. The Relaxation Response has become the classic reference recommended by most health care professionals and authorities to treat stress. Discovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, this revitalizing, therapeutic approach is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical and psychological ailments. It requires only minutes to learn, and just ten minutes of practice a day.

Self Care Revolution

After Baby Self-care

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)

A community-based mental health service that works with other organizations to form a coordinated network of services to meet the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Services include assessment, treatment recommendations, and education and support to patients and caregivers.

Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

Community Mental Health provides a continuum of care from assessment or consultation, to specialized treatment supports for clients with complex and serious mental health disorders.

Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.

Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate record here

General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.

Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate record here

Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate records here

PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate record here

PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families

Treatment Services
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.

2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.

3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.

Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

The Phoenix Program is a mental health outpatient, community based program for Halton residents age 14 to 35 who are experiencing early stages of psychosis
* clinical partnership between Halton Healthcare, Joseph Brant Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

Services include:
* rapid psychiatric assessment
* treatment based on individual concerns/goals including education about psychosis
* assistance with work, school, social and leisure activities
* specialized support to family and friends
* addictions counselling
* community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge

Recovery Canada - Burlington Groups - No Physical Address

Major Services:
* weekly group meetings to support those with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, open to the public and visitors to join and observe
* monthly leaders training for interested members who have attended Recovery Canada groups for at least six months

Website includes more information on the Recovery method as well as information on the meeting places, telephone meetings, chat rooms, and online meetings (see here)

Joseph Brant Hospital - PACT for Halton - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre

A community outreach program, serving residents of Halton.
* also known as "Hospital without Walls," the program is organized as a mobile interdisciplinary team that provides round-the-clock clinical treatment, rehabilitative, and support services to individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness, in their homes

Services provided by PACT include:
* comprehensive case management with a rehabilitation focus
* crisis assessment and intervention
* symptom assessment and management
* administration and monitoring of medication
* activities of daily living
* social and leisure skills development
* supportive counselling
* education
* consultation
* support to caregivers

McMaster Children's Hospital - Child and Youth Mental Health Outpatient Service and Home Based Services - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 3

Supports children and their families with moderate to severe emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, who have not responded to traditional out-patient services. The staff are Child and Youth workers and Early Childhood Educators, and are part of a large outpatient team, including child psychiatry.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Mental Health and Wellness Resource Centre - West 5th Campus, Harbour North Unit

Provides people in recovery, their families, and community members with access to reliable and user-friendly information about mental health, addictions, and related issues. Computer access is available, and electronic resources are listed on the centre's website. Part of the Mental Health and Addictions Program's Peer Support Services.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)

A community-based mental health service that works with other organizations to form a coordinated network of services to meet the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Services include assessment, treatment recommendations, and education and support to patients and caregivers.

Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

Community Mental Health provides a continuum of care from assessment or consultation, to specialized treatment supports for clients with complex and serious mental health disorders.

Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.

Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate record here

General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.

Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate record here

Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate records here

PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate record here

PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families

Treatment Services
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.

2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.

3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Mental Health and Addiction Program Peer Support Council - West 5th Campus, Rm G209

Provides individuals with a vehicle to give input into policy and program change at St. Joseph’s Mental Health and Addiction Program. Supports opportunities for individuals to access information, education and support regarding choices, self advocacy, peer support and political awareness.

Peer support groups of the Mental Health and Addiction Program include:

- Open Peer Support Group
- Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
- Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - East Region Mental Health Services - King Campus

Provides assessment, rapid consultation, and treatment of individuals experiencing mental health problems. Coordinates aftercare for individuals discharged from inpatient psychiatric units, and works with community groups to prevent the development of mental health problems through education, consultation, and joint projects.

Services include:
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- General psychiatry
- Rapid consultation service
- Self Esteem Group for Men
- Self Esteem Group for Women

Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

The Mental Health outpatient, community based program for Halton residents experiencing early stages of psychosis * clinical partnership between Halton Healthcare, Joseph Brant Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario


Services include:
  • rapid psychiatric assessment
  • treatment based on individual concerns/goals including education about psychosis
  • assistance with work, school, social and leisure activities
  • specialized support to family and friends
  • addictions counselling
  • peer support
  • community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge