Get Involved in MDABC’s First Ever Photo Contest Fundraiser!

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to enjoy taking photos of the beautiful things that nature offers us everyday. So, why not grab your camera or phone, take a few shots and submit one or two to our new fundraising photo contest? And then don’t forget to ask  everyone you know to DONATE to VOTE. All donations will go to mental health programs and services offered by the MDABC in BC. And of course, you could win one of three brand new I-pads donated by www.openbox.ca.  Click on the poster below to go directly to the contest page.

MDABC's First Ever Photo Contest Fundraiser

Meet Jake Palmour – One of MDABC’s Wonderful Volunteers

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How did you come to be a volunteer at the MDABC?

A dear friend of mine had been volunteering at the MDABC. Her positive experiences there inspired me to connect with the staff and management at the MDABC.

What kind of volunteer work have you done at MDABC?

I volunteer once a week as a Greeter in the Robson Psychiatric Clinic. 

What do you find most rewarding about doing this work?

I really cherish the opportunity to welcome new clients to the practice in a warm and empathic manner. It is also really rewarding to witness the positive transformation that clients undergo as a result of the various therapies that are offered by the MDABC.

What kind of programs would you like to see offered in the future?

I am really excited about the MDABC’s proactive and inclusive approach to Youth who experience various mood disorders. More robust Youth programming would be beneficial.  I also appreciate some Psychiatrists’ use of therapies that do not involve pharmaceutical intervention.

What are three things that you need to feel happy and well?

Self-care is integral to my continued well-being. I am an avid cyclist and skateboarder; I also LOVE coffee.

 

Why Mindfulness?

Why are more and more people drawn to the practice of mindfulness? We see thatstones mindfulness centres, groups, and classes are popping up everywhere…is this just a trend that will soon fizzle out?

In fact, mindfulness has been practiced for centuries and although it may have recently seen a  surging in popularity in the West, it is certainly not a flash-in-the-pan Wellness trend. People who practice mindfulness find that they feel happier, more content, and more relaxed. Studies have shown that this practice can also help you to increase your self-compassion and your compassion for your fellow beings. This compassion can often lead to more altruistic behavior which creates a better society for everyone.

Very simply, mindfulness can be defined in this way:

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose,
in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”   Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kabat-Zinn is a famous Buddhist monk and teacher of mindfulness meditation and the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and many of the strategies and exercises that counsellors use when they teach mindfulness are based on his teachings.

If you would like to learn more about the practice of mindfulness and how it can help you to recover from anxiety and depression, we invite you to consider registering for MDABC’s Spring 2016 Mindfulness Course. Click here to start the application process.

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