Social Media Unplug challenge!

Social media is part of our everyday lives. As a matter of fact researchers found that we spend on average 5hr a day on our cell-phones, which is 35 hours a week, 6 days a month and 72 days a year (https://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/give-me-a-break-from-social-media).

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Question is, what would happen if we decide to ‘unplug’ from our mobile devices, for a weekend, or even few hours?

  • You’ll get more work done, and you’ll do it faster (no distracting notifications and pings)
  • You’ll get your creative juices flowing
  • You might feel anxious at first (ever felt those ‘ghost vibrations’ in your pocket?)
  • You’ll feel less stressed
  • You’ll feel more self-assured (and not let likes define how great you’ve spend your last vacation)
  • You’ll get more sleep (ditch that blue light screen!)
  • You’ll strengthen your face-to-face relationships (wonders happen when we’re not staring down at our phones)
  • You’re less likely to get bored (ever wondered when you’ll have time for that book sitting on your night table?)
  • You’ll sit less (yay for joining that Zumba class on Monday!)
  • You’ll learn more about yourself.
  • more…

Start by choosing an evening, weekend, or another set period of time in which you can pull the digital plug. You can set your own rules, but it’s most effective if you can shut off all devices.

Are you up for the challenge?

– Sapere Aude

ReachOut Psychosis:

Bringing mental health conversation to schools through music

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How to talk to middle school and high school students about mental health? How do you reach out to them and make sure they feel heard and understood? Teen years are both challenging and exciting. There are so many questions that expect their answers. Many topics that have been discussed and many still, that have not received enough attention. Psychosis is one of them. Although depression and anxiety have taken front row whenever we discuss mental health in our everyday lives, according to reachoutpsychosis.com, psychosis affects 3% of the population and is 6 times more common than diabetes, with the first onset usually occuring between ages 16 and 25.

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ReachOut Psychosis is a program  developed and delivered by the BC Schizophrenia Society for HereToHelp. Funding for the project was provided by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of PHSA. 

ReachOut’s unconventional format includes a one hour assembly presentation full of life-saving information, brain science and music which helps students who may be experiencing psychosis as well identify it in those close to them.

Singer/songwriter Sarah Jickling and her band Good Bad Luck, are integral part of each one of the events. Living with bipolar and anxiety disorder herself, Sarah expresses her own mental health struggles through art, performing at over 158 schools for the last 13 years.

What is ReachOut tour?

  1. ReachOut is geared to secondary and post-secondary students, starting with teens ages 13 and up.
  2. The sensory-rich, interactive show is designed for seated groups of 300 or more, in an assembly format.
  3. The show is presented by professional performers who have years of experience playing for youth.
  4. It is presented free of charge to school across British Columbia and has also toured to the Yukon Territories

To learn more…

— Perpetua Siglos