Stress Management - Mental Health

Dealing with any amount of stress in your life can bring with it certain mental and physical challenges. Feeling stressed can have an effect on a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and life activities, and have an impact on work, family life, and overall well-being. An overload of stress can present difficulties for some in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Those suffering from stress that is left unmanaged can, over time, experience significant health consequences, including mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Fitness and nutrition experts have differing views on how often you should exercise and what diet, supplement, and nutrition plans are best, but most agree that regular forms of fitness help you reduce stress, and increase your overall well-being and longevity. Specific stress management techniques can also be very effective. Do you have questions or concerns about your current stress levels? Would you like guidance or information from an expert who specializes in stress management? Are you looking for stress management ideas or resources within your community to help you manage your overall stress level? Kinjunxion is here to help with sources of support and information.

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8 Keys to Stress Management (8 Keys to Mental Health)

Easy strategies for dealing with the near-universal experience of stress. Stress has become a near-universal experience as well as a rising public health concern. According to many measures, people today are dealing with stressors that are greater in number and severity than in the past several decades, and this stress is taking a toll on our collective wellness. Bringing considerable content from her popular stress management Web site on, Elizabeth Scott distills information about stress management into central ideas and strategies for consumers. These include learning to reduce the stress response and stressors, practicing long-term resilience habits, and putting positive psychology research into action. These various perspectives provide a multilayered framework for understanding stress and approaching stress management that is inspirational, action-oriented, and backed by foundational and recent knowledge in the field. The quick-to-read “8 keys” format of the book can be utilized on many levels so that busy readers can quickly find relief from stress.

Mental Wellness Made Easy

The Smart Way to Manage Stress: Emotion Regulation and Stress Management for Everyone

Stop chronic stress from interfering in your life. Advanced positive psychology stress management strategies provide healthy ways to control your emotions and behavior. Open the door to levels of well-being that were once only available with therapy. Lower stress and improve your health without giving up activities you want or need in your life.

Anxiety and Stress Management

Most stress is a normal part of daily life, and can be coped with adequately by the individual. Prolonged or more serious stress however may require professional help. A local GP can often provide this but in many cases will refer the client to a mental health worker or other health professional. Originally published in 1990, this title was written for each of these groups: as a practical handbook and guide for those professionals working in the field of mental health, but also written for the referring GP and those seeking help themselves. The authors integrate theoretical and academic material relating to anxiety and stress research with clinical experience. The book begins with a theoretical section offering a working model of stress, a guide to diagnostic classification, and alternative models of anxiety. This is followed by chapters on assessment, explaining the problem and treatment procedures to the client, teaching specific self-help skills, and changing stressful lifestyles. Advice is also given on running anxiety and stress management groups, and individual case studies are examined. The authors make extensive use of analogy and metaphor to ensure ready understanding and recall. They also include many useful inventories, questionnaires, charts and client handouts. Anxiety and Stress Management will be of use to all health professionals working with people who have anxiety and stress related problems, but will prove equally valuable for the clients themselves as a reference book and as a means of self-education and self-help.

The Science of Stress Management

A Guide to Best Practices for Better Well-Being

Stress is an inevitable part of everyday life. Sometimes we manage it well. Other times, not so much. But understanding the role of stress in our overall health and wellness is essential to taking it head-on. It’s not just that stress can take over our thoughts; it can take over our bodies. From the flight or fight response to inflammation, from feeling anxious to feeling sick, it can deteriorate our bodies and our minds from the inside out. While many books promise tips on managing stress, this book takes it one step further to consider the science behind stress and how it affects our minds and bodies, offering evidence-based approaches to managing stress for optimum results. Amitava Dasgupta guides readers to a greater understanding of the mechanisms at work when stress is present and provides guidance for dealing with those physical and mental responses. While grounded in the science of stress, this work also helps readers employ those strategies that will best manage stress for better overall health.

Integrated Mental Health Care

A Comprehensive, Community-Based Approach

A new, practical and cost effective approach to the provision of mental health services to a community.

Mental Health Menders Coloring Books

Stress Management

Sometimes in your life you probably found you are losing your mind. The truth is your daily modern lifestyle is so stressful. We have the basic way to return you to feel more stable and finally relax. We offer you the 25 mandala coloring design for adults and for the stress managementThis book has been designed in the mandala style with the beautiful structure. It's inspired by the flower pattern and mixing with animal picture both in thin line and thick line. The different design would help the artist feel relax and release the stress. This is suitable for basic and advance skill level (adult, teenager and children) and variety of coloring tools such as colored pencil or magic pen because the book provides in the separated sheet.Try to design the additional leaf of the flower in the black area. Design your color theme by yourself and teach your kids to enjoy with you in some easy page.

Stress Management

Strategies for Emotional Fitness

We are more more conscious of our health today than ever before. We are living longer and better because we are eating healthier and exercising more regularly. But what about stress? We are more more conscious of our health today than ever before. We are living longer and better because we are eating healthier and exercising more regularly. But what about stress?

Organizational Stress Management

A Strategic Approach

Including practical advice on how to conduct a stress audit and how to target stress 'hot spots' within an organization, Organizational Stress Management provides a fresh strategic model for the manager concerned with the negative effects stress can have both on company performance and the quality of life of individuals at work.

Stress Management

Explains what stress is, some causes, and various ways to handle stress and cope with its effects.

Stress Management

An Integrated Approach to Therapy

guide for clinicians from all disciplines to help conceptualize and control stress in clients in a clinical setting. It presents a definition of stress that is operational in a therapeutic context, and suggests ways of translating this understanding into effective counseling.

Managing Stress

Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being

Managing Stress, Seventh Edition, provides a comprehensive approach to stress management honoring the integration, balance, and harmony of mind, body, spirit, and emotions. The holistic approach taken by internationally acclaimed lecturer and author Brian Luke Seaward gently guides the reader to greater levels of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being by emphasizing the importance of mind-body-spirit unity. Referred to as the “authority on stress management” by students and professionals, this book gives students the tools needed to identify and manage stress while teaching them how to strive for health and balance.

Disaster Mental Health Services

A Primer for Practitioners

Disaster mental health is a growing field of practice designed to help victims and relief workers learn to effectively cope with the extreme stresses they will face in the aftermath of a disaster. The goal of disaster mental health is to prevent the development of long-term, negative psychological consequences, such as PTSD. This book assists clinicians and traumatologists in "making the bridge" between their clinical knowledge and skills and the unique, complex, chaotic, and highly political field of disaster. It combines information from a vast reservoir of prior research and literature with the authors' practical and pragmatic experience in providing disaster mental health services in a wide variety of disasters.

Mental Health Peer Support

Mental Health Education

Mental Health Recovery

Mental Health Issues

Exercise Mental Health

Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Health Self-Help

Mental Health Skills

Healing Arts & Recovery with Peer Support

Peer led program to explore art, build connections and open the doors to recovery.

Hamilton Mental Health Outreach

A community mental health organization that provides client-directed intensive case management services for adults who have a serious and persistent mental illness.

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 listing 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 listing 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 listings here

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

Intensive Case Management Access Coordination

Provides a single point of access to mental health intensive case management services provided by Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Hamilton Mental Health and Outreach Team (Community Mental Health Promotion Program), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS), and Hamilton Mental Health Outreach.

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

Summit Housing and Outreach Programs - Mental Health Supportive Housing and Outreach Programs, Burlington Office - Burlington Office

Provides supportive housing and outreach case management services throughout Halton for people diagnosed with a serious mental illness * services are based on a flexible, rehabilitative model of support and are tailored to meet the varied needs of the people

Programs include:
Halton HOMES Program
provides affordable housing and supports for adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT)
* for clients with severe and persistent mental illness, with priority given to people with schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders and with bipolar disorder

Outreach case management/support service
* for clients 18 years of age or older with a diagnosed mental illness living in the community

Core supportive housing program
* provides safe, secure, affordable, and decent accommodation in a variety of settings
* rent-geared-to-income housing

Volunteer program

Justice Supportive Housing Program
* provides affordable accommodation and flexible supports for people with serious mental illness who have come into conflict with the criminal justice system

Support & Housing - Halton - Support & Housing - Halton, Burlington Office - Burlington Office

Support coordinators provide support and services based on the person's level of need.

Rent-geared-to-income supportive housing options:
* transitional housing leading to independent living
* collaborative shared housing
* shared townhouse living
* individual apartments

Mental health community support programs:
* case management
* advocacy
* life skills training
* supportive counselling
* activities of daily living
* access to community services
* 24/7 access to telephone support for program participants

* ongoing support and housing services to youth at risk ready to transition into the adult system

Women's Centre of Halton (The) - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

Provides various support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

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

Canadian Mental Health Association - Education and Training - Halton Region Branch Head Office - Oakville

Offers a range of workshops, courses, trainings, groups, and services to promote positive health and create a supportive community

Courses and workshops

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • a two day workshop to learn how to feel more comfortable, confident, and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide
  • learn to assess the immediate risk of suicide, recognize opportunities for help, and apply a model for suicide intervention

Mental Health First Aid
  • a two-day, basic level interactive course to learn how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis
  • for those who have limited or no mental health knowledge
  • learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and crisis situations
  • learn a basic model to provide Mental Health First Aid
  • obtain information about how to help in a crisis, and how to encourage a person to identify options for help

Take Charge! Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

A free six-week workshop that assists participants in living with on-going health conditions. Areas of focus include stress management, making healthier choices, meeting other people living with similar challenges, and building success with manageable goals. A textbook is provided.

Administered by Hamilton Health Sciences in collaboration with other area health care organizations. Workshops are delivered in community spaces throughout Local Health Integration Network (Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant). Each 2.5 hours session in the six-week series is led by two trained presenters.

Intensive Case Management Access Coordination

Provides a single point of access to mental health intensive case management services provided by Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Hamilton Mental Health and Outreach Team (Community Mental Health Promotion Program), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS), and Hamilton Mental Health Outreach.