2019, December 12

Mental Wellness Challenge

Last week I challenged you to:

  1. Take some time and ponder – think – reflect on your journey. Are you running on autopilot?  Are you in charge?  Maybe make some notes on this reflection so that you can read them at a later time.
  2. Be 100% intentionally kind to someone you do not know. The crankier they are the stronger your intention will have to be…
  3. Tell someone in your life that you love, that love them. Look at them – right in the eyes and tell them that you love them.  Do it with intention, with purpose – because – YOU LOVE THEM

How did that go?  Are you at the helm or just along for the ride?  Were you able to be intentionally kind to a stranger?  Were they cranky?  Was it easy or did you have to really think about your intention to be kind?  I hope that you had many, many people to say “I love you” to.

I did OK with the challenge – but I wasn’t as successful as I would have liked to have been.

This week I am going to share how I don’t do the holiday season very well.  Like a pile of other people, I find that this time of year a tough slug.  Short days, lots of extra stress, loads of expectations – both self imposed and from others, etc, etc, etc… and I just find the whole time of year mentally costly.

Now… before I come across as Ebenezer Scrooge… I want to say that I don’t begrudge anyone else having a great time during the holiday season or any time for that matter.  I know that some others have a fantastic time at this time of year.  I also know that for another group, this time of year is super difficult.

Some of my difficulty comes from the “end of the year” reflections.  Reflection on where my year has or hasn’t taken me… the people in my life that have passed on or the relationships that have withered and expired.  Even with all the work I do on trying to be positive, I still tend to be a “cup half empty” kind of guy.

I know that others struggle really hard at this time of year too, because they have shared their experiences with me.  I too, have gone through similar passages at other times in my life.  Some of the things I have experienced are like – oh – that the marks aren’t that great at school and I have to bring my report card home to parents that have massive expectations, or losing a close friend in a highway accident, or to a suicide.

I’m not going to go on much more with this here.  Maybe it’s a topic for another Mental Wellness Challenge.  Instead, I am going to share a list of resources that folks might find helpful at this time of year.  This list isn’t exhaustive – there are certainly others, including your family doctor, clergy or even the hospital emergency in some cases.

This is my attempt at putting the information in a place where someone who is looking for help at this time of year, might just find it.

My challenge to you this week is:

  1. Take note of the list of resources I have provided below, maybe even print it out so that you have it if you need it…
  2. Take a couple of minutes this week and put to mind that this time of year can be really hard on people. We don’t know another’s path – we can’t know it… even if we walk beside them… we all experience stuff differently.
  3. Take a minute each day and think of something in your life to be grateful for. Something from yesterday, something from today and some hope for tomorrow.  You might even want to write them down.

So that’s it – I challenge you.

I am going to be away from now through to January.  During this time I will try to do a post or two – I am also going to be transitioning to my own platform that I will link to through the portal…

Here’s the resources.

Support resources, numbers

College of the Rockies Students

EMPOWER ME: Mental Health Resources
Confidential and Accessible 24/7 365
Toll Free 18447416389

CRISIS LINE: 18883532273
24/7 – 365

College of the Rockies Counselling Services
Contact through Student Services


College of the Rockies Employees

Homewood Health EFAP
24/7 365

The same number can be used for CRISIS situations.


General/External Help and Resources




 Canadian Mental Health Association (Kootenay)

  • Call the Interior Crisis Line at 1-888-353-CARE (2273) for support, resource and Information. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). If you are thinking about ending your life or are concerned about someone who may be, you can call for help any time of day or night, from anywhere across BC. It’s a free call.

Need someone to talk to right away?

If you are worried, confused or just need someone to talk to, there is help available:

  • Kid’s Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868. For kids and teens (ages 20 and under), professional counsellors are available to help, 24 hours a day. It’s free, confidential and anonymous.
  • Mental Health Support Line: Call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number). This number will connect you to your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are trained to help provide emotional support as well as mental health information and resources
  • Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays
    100 – 1000 21st Ave. North
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    V1C 5L9
  • Phone 250-426-5222
    Fax 250-426-2134
  • General emails reception@cmhakootenays.org

Crisis Services Canada


Suicide Info Canada



British Columbia

1800SUICIDE (24 hours): 1-800-784-2433 310

Mental Health Support (24 hours): 310-6789

Toll Free (24 hours): 1-800-588-8717

Adult/Elders Crisis Line (24 hours): (250) 723-4050

Child/Youth Crisis Line (24 hours): (250) 723-2040

Youth Text (6pm-12am): (778) 783-0177

Youth Chat (6pm-12am): www.youthspace.ca

Toll Free (24 hours): 1-888-353-CARE (2273)

Toll Free (24 hours): 1-866-661-3311

Toll Free TTY (24 hours): 1-866-872-0113

Crisis Chat: crisiscentrechat.ca

Toll Free (24 hours): 1-877-820-7444

Crisis Line (24 hours): (604) 951-8855

Toll Free: 1-888-852-9099

Crisis Line: (604) 852-9099

Toll Free (24 hours): 1-888-562-1214

Crisis Line (24 hours): (250) 563-1214

Toll Free Youth Support: 1-888-564-8336

Youth Support: (250) 564-8336 Crisis Chat: www.northernyouthonline.ca

Crisis Line (8am-12am): (604) 279-7070

Cantonese Crisis Line (10am-10pm): (604) 270-8233

Mandarin Crisis Line (10am-10pm): (604) 270-8222

Toll Free (24 hours): 1-888-494-3888

Crisis Text: (250) 800-3806

Crisis Chat: www.vicrisis.ca