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MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

SWIM ALBERTA MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS INITIATIVE - JANUARY 2021 - CLICK FOR LINK 
 

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS TO CONTACT

Swim Alberta has collaboratively worked with four mental health and wellness professionals. These individuals have all worked with Swim Alberta in the past.  Those members requiring services can reach out to these professionals directly on their own to establish best courses of action.  Their contact information is below. If you require immediate help, please contact 911 or Kids Help Phone 1.800.668.6868.

MENTAL HEALTH

Lisa Rogerson, PhD. MPC - Owner of Strive Consulting. Academic Instructor at the University of Alberta (Kinesiology) and Grant MacEwan University (Psychology)
Cell: 587-335 5667 Email:  [email protected]

Matthew Bain, RPsych, MPC, ChPC - Registered Psychologist, Mental Performance Consultant and Chartered Professional Coach with the Coaches of Canada
Email:  [email protected]

MENTAL WELLNESS

Alayne Hing, M.Sc. - Owner of Elite Edge, Mental Performance Consultant (MPC), Professional Member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association
Email:  [email protected]

Erin Brennan, M.A. - Owner of Mind Over Matter Performance, Mental Performance Consultant (MPC), Professional Member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association
Email:  [email protected]

Community Resources

Edmonton Distress Centre: 780.482.HELP(4357)
https://edmonton.cmha.ca/programs-services/distress-line/

Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line: 1.877.303.2642

Canadian Mental Health Association: Edmonton
https://edmonton.cmha.ca

Additional Resources

Mental Check In with your athletes:

 

Mental health: 9 daily activities to maintain it

  • Get plenty of sleep. Adults should get as close to 8 hours of sleep per night as they can. Although every individual's body differs sleep is essential for learning and improving daily productivity.
  • Stop to enjoy small aspects of the day. Enjoying the small things may seem cliché but it is important to personal contentment. Try taking a walk on your break at work to appreciate the beauty in nature.
  • Use a stress ball or some other stress reliever. The way we handle stress directly affects our health. A common method to deal with stress is a stress ball. Just squeeze the frustrations away!
  • Perform a random act of kindness. Helping others volunteering or simply doing one random act of kindness can improve self-esteem. Self-esteem improves mental wellness in a variety of ways including a self-empowering sense of social connectivity. According to Harvard Health volunteerism contributes to lessening loneliness and depression.
  • Exercise. Exercise contributes to cardiovascular health. Improved cardiovascular health leads to better emotional stability and reduced anxiety.
  • Deep breathing exercises. HealthDirect explains that relaxation involving deep breathing exercises can lower your heart rate blood pressure and breathing rate. This subsequently allows your body and mind to recharge.
  • Yoga. Yoga is a fantastic tool for reducing anxiety and depression. According to Harvard Health "By reducing perceived stress and anxiety yoga appears to modulate stress response systems." Although some forms of yoga may be too strenuous for some yoga in general offers great mental and physical wellness benefits.
  • Pet a dog. Therapy dogs have become a common method for improving the state of your emotions. Dogs provide emotional support by providing companionship to individuals. Simply petting a dog every day can improve one's mental health.
  • Eat breakfast. A lack of nutrition can lead to fogginess in brain function. Psychology Today notes the importance in a daily diet of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. These and other foods have been shown to reduce symptoms of schizophrenia depression attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other mental disorders