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In order to foster wellbeing within ourselves and within our communities, we must nourish six types of connection:

  • Connection to body and self
  • Connection to family, friends, and community
  • Connection to land and ground
  • Connection to the sacred
  • Connection to the human project
  • Connection to culture

On an instinctual level, this makes sense. Of course, the larger question is: how do we actually do this?

One way, is to foster a sense of curiosity about how the six elements of connection show up in our lives, and in the lives of people we are in relationship with. 

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Indigenous-based methods are about how you can approach your work with a relational lens. To incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into RECOVER, we try to centre intentional relationship-ing. This means it is important to become conscious of how we are carrying ourselves in relation to the communities served and incorporated. 

Self-location is a tool that allows us to acknowledge the historical, social, and cultural contexts that shape and story our lives. Acknowledging the lens through which we see the world allows us to unpack our own assumptions and our power to make meaningful change in the lives of others. Using this tool is as simple as introducing yourself in a way that many Indigenous peoples do — by telling the story of where and who you come from beginning with your grandparents or great-grandparents. 

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“Peer support is emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience, and is trained to support others.

Peer Support Canada connects peer supporters and organizations, helping share information and building capacity for peer support. We also offer Certification for Peer Supporters and Family Peer Supporters.”

Do More Ag is a non-profit that focuses on mental health in agriculture. They focus on bringing awareness, creating community and supporting research in the field. 

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David Gilber writes about emotional suffering and its perceived ‘weakness’ on the Future Patient Blog for World Mental Health Day. Read his writing here

“Where real people with real experiences share what works.”

Recovery College is an educational peer support program. They offer courses that help people recognize and develop resourcefulness to support themselves or loved ones. All courses are co-developed and co-delivered by experts in the profession as well as experts by experience… and are free!

Courses are delivered at various locations.

Find out more here: http://www.recoverycollegecalgary.ca