Talking About Mental Health December 2018 – GIVE THE GIFT OF RESILIENCE

Posted December 4, 2019

As we head through December and towards the holidays, it is important to be aware that this can be a very exciting time of year, but for some it is also a difficult time of year.


  • eat well
  • get good sleep
  • don’t over schedule
  • stay connected to family and friends
  • keep daily routines going
  • avoid over-use of technology
  • get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air


23 Days of Giving

Every day in December have everyone put something that they don’t use or need into a basket.  Later in the month you can go as a family and donate to a shelter or community center

Reflection Wall

Have a wall in the house where everyone can add sticky notes of what they are grateful about from the year.  Focus on lessons learned, new skills and strategies used throughout the year

Rose, Bud, Thorn

Have everyone identify one or two things that they feel were successes from the year (rose), something that was a struggle (thorn) and what they did to overcome the struggle, and something they are looking forward to in the new year (bud).

Signs to look for that someone is struggling Sometimes it’s hard to tell that someone is suffering. Here are some signs that someone is struggling. 

  • not coming to school or work
  • not engaging with friends or family
  • not participating in activities that they used to enjoy
  • withdrawing
  • feeling hopeless
  • increase use of drugs or alcohol
  • changes in behaviour
  • anger/irritability

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