mental health-care tool kit for parents
Valerie Berenyi, Postmedia NewsOctober 10, 2011
-- What can parents do to help keep their children and youth mentally healthy?
Cossette, a recreation therapist with the Eating Disorders Clinic at Alberta
Children's Hospital offers these tips:
Find the balance between work and play. Work, school, being productive and
goal-oriented are important, but so is making time to rest, rejuvenate and
Play together as a family - and not just at sports. It can be board games,
goofing around in a park, hanging out with friends and family. Have fun, keep it
Aim for a healthy, balanced lifestyle on a budget. "It doesn't have to be Hawaii
for three weeks. Entertainment can be very simple, like a game of charades.
Finances don't have to be a barrier. Get back to the
Find a passion. "Life can be very difficult, demanding and stressful, whether
you're working or going to school, whether you're a child, adolescent or adult.
Having an outlet, an activity, a hobby can help restore, help heal and distract
us from the difficulties - not to avoid them but to take a break from
Humour is vital. Laughter helps us breathe, let go of tension and look at life
from a different perspective. "We need to be able to laugh at ourselves, knowing
that we, as human beings, are not perfect; we are incredibly flawed. Look at the
lighter side of life. Be playful.
cannot laugh and play all day because that's not healthy either. Again, it's
finding the balance."
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I'm Doug Janzen, just over half a century old, married for more than half my life and have two wonderful and beautiful teenage daughters. I've seen the devastating impact of mental illness (depression in particular) and want people to talk about these things....its an illness and nobody's fault. Lets talk about and see if we can deal with it in a helpful productive way.