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Foundry  We are forging a new, province-wide culture of care through the development of a network of centres and online resources for young people ages 12-24.

http://foundrybc.ca/foundry-stories-project/

4/4 - “Unfortunately there are too many young women and girls who are going through the same things I went through,” Victoria says. “That’s why I’ve been really vocal about what I've been struggling with and why I’m so passionate about helping other young women and girls find their own inner warrior.” We would like to thank Victoria for sharing her story with us, and continuing to talk about mental health. These conversations promote open communication and help remove the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. For more tips, information, and resources, please visit foundrybc.ca

When you are struggling with mental health challenges, doing small things can seem impossible. Self-care can be a helpful way to work through life's challenges. So, today, do #justonething, to help you forge your path to wellness. …………….
For Victoria, self-care is about being active. Research has shown that exercise can promote important changes in your brain that are vital to your mental health. For Victoria, feeling strong also helped her redefine her perception of herself. While she can be found lifting weights in the gym, getting exercise can look different for everyone. Whether you are going to a yoga class, or just take the stairs two at a time, getting your heart rate up is #justonething you can do to start feeling better.
So, what is your #justonething for mental health?

3/4 - Victoria shares her journey to love herself and her strength through her instagram account, @vicslifts. She also shares stories about her struggles and her path to wellness, using the platform as a way to reach out to others who are struggling with mental health challenges before they adopt self-destructive behaviours.

2/4 - Victoria felt unhappy with the way she looked, going to extremes to control her weight. She attributes some of this to the role Western media plays in perpetuating unhealthy standards of female beauty. “When you see these women on TV or on Instagram or Facebook, you start thinking this is what you have to look like to be considered pretty. But most women just can’t look like that

Dear Amazonian:
This is for you.
For your pain
your darkness
your self-destructive thoughts.
This is for you.
For that hidden warrior that’s always within,
Just under that thick layer of skin,
Ready to face the pain
To Embrace it
To Hold it close.
To Feel its power,
Let it fuel your fire
Make it Another link in your chain of armor.
So that clothed,
In its strength and dignity
You rise
-Victoria

1/4 - “I really didn’t appreciate myself back then. I didn’t appreciate the beauty I had, nor my strengths, nor any of my positive attributes. All I saw were my flaws.”

“Yoga has taught me so much about my breath, and about how it impacts my health and my functioning. It’s become an extremely useful tool to manage my anxiety."
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Yoga is Lindsey's #JustOneThing. What's yours?

What's your #JustOneThing? Everyone's journey to mental wellness is their own and different things work for different people. What works for you? We want to hear what you find helpful in achieving mental wellness--especially during stressful times.
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Post something on social media and tag Foundry with the hashtag. We will be sharing some of your posts! Take care of yourselves, everyone. #BellLetsTalk #JustOneThing #mentalwellness #mentalhealth

Lauren's #JustOneThing is soccer. Playing soccer allows you to express yourself, release physical and emotional tensions and create something beautiful just like painting or dancing does. What's your #JustOneThing? Tag us using our hashtag and #BellLetsTalk to be featured on our social media and help us raise awareness for mental wellness!

By pledging to not stay silent, we can help break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Thank you @bhutt10 @jakevirtanen18 @canucks for lending your voices. #vancouvercanucks #canucks #canucksfan #justonething #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #jakevirtanen #benhutton #wellness #foundrybc #hockeytalks

By pledging to not stay silent, we can help break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Thank you @bhutt10 @jakevirtanen18 @canucks for lending your voices. #vancouvercanucks #canucks #canucksfan #justonething #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #jakevirtanen #benhutton #wellness #foundrybc #hockeytalks

By pledging to not stay silent, we can help break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Thank you @bhutt10 @jakevirtanen18 @canucks for lending your voices. #vancouvercanucks #canucks #canucksfan #justonething #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #jakevirtanen #benhutton #wellness #foundrybc #hockeytalks

4/4 - “We only have one life and it's already been a bit of a bumpy road for me, so I need to make sure that if someone asks me if I have any regrets I can say that I lived my life to the fullest, and did what made me happy,” he says. “It may be a bit cliché, but I think that's the secret to having a healthy life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ We would like to thank Kyle for sharing his story with us, and continuing to talk about mental health. These conversations promote open communication and help remove the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. For more tips, information, and resources, please visit foundrybc.ca

When you are struggling with mental health challenges, doing small things can seem impossible. Self-care can be a helpful way to work through life's challenges. So, today, do #justonething, to help you forge your path to wellness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Kyle felt his spirits lift after spending three weeks helping to rebuild New Orleans after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. His mood lift wasn’t a coincidence - many studies have demonstrated that volunteering can improve happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment, as well as providing valuable experiences that can boost confidence and may even help to reduce stress levels. Sometimes it feels easier to help others than to help yourself, but you may be surprised to find you suddenly start feeling happier. So, whether its holding the door for someone, or rebuilding homes in a foreign country, try doing #justonething to give back, and see if helping others helps you, too.
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So, what is your #justonething for mental health?

3/4 - “Even to this day I still have a certain degree of social anxiety, but I’ve learned that when I do things I love – like flying or travelling or helping others – those insecurities are drowned out,” he says.

2/4 - When Hurricane Katrina battered Louisiana in August of 2005, Kyle was over 2,000 miles away. He was 15 years old at the time, and lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s hard to imagine that such a distant event could have impacted Kyle’s life—but Destiny works in strange ways, and Katrina would inadvertently become a major turning point for the young man. “It was a three week trip, and I don't know what exactly happened to me down there, but it was as if I just found myself,” says Kyle, who flew down to Louisiana a month after the deadly hurricane to help rebuild houses. “I forgot about all my problems. All my fears just left. And for the first time in my life, I was happy.”

It’s quiet up here. I look down, my thoughts are clear. And I remember The days in which I thought I was alone- When being terrified was all I’d ever known And I was convinced I’d never soar. But I learned how to fly And now I can "slip the bonds of earth and soar above into the heavens in my little airplane"- And I can breathe, I can smile I can enjoy the moments I thought I never would When life was way more hostile. This journey to freedom isn’t easy- Some days I still wake when I want to sleep, and I sleep when I want to wake But now I know what’s at stake. I see the horizon, and I set my sight Because I know now that life isn’t a solo flight —its a shared journey - Kyle

At Foundry, we believe in the power of stories to create connection, inspire hope, and encourage others to reach out for help. We asked young people in our communities across BC to share their stories. Through the Stories Series, we will profile some of the incredible young people who have stepped forward to talk about how they’ve overcome challenges and work towards wellness in their daily lives. ————————————————————————1/4 - “ There’d be days I'd wake up with this really intense pain inside of me, and it was almost like a fear of being out in society, the pain would make me stay home for weeks. I wouldn’t go to school, nor interact with anyone, and in my head I felt like I was the only person in the world feeling this way…and I felt like it would never end.”

Operated by Vancouver Coastal Health, Foundry North Shore is a "one stop shop" where young people can find support.
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We're delighted to launch the first phase of our new website! Link in bio.
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Hosted by Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna, Foundry Kelowna is a wellness centre for young people.
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Interiors by Evolve Design Build.
Photography by Daniel Jones

❗❗❗💙Foundrybc.ca is officially live💙❗❗❗
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Content from mindcheck.ca has now been adapted to➡ foundrybc.ca, a website where young people and their families can find support, information and resources to get them through life’s challenges, big and small💙💚
Foundry and BC Children’s Hospital are so excited to launch this new website designed to help young people forge their path to wellness👏👏👏 #youth #youthmentalhealth #youngpeople #youthwellness #mentalhealth #substanceuse #wellness #healthandwellness #health #gethelp #findsupport #findforgefound

❗Repost from @foundrykelowna ❗Community Educator from @cmhakelowna, Amanda Swoboda, talking about #foundrykelowna and #youthmentalhealth at the Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces workshop at UBCO. #GETLOUD #community #mentalhealth#foundry #helpishere

What a great trip to @foundrykelowna today!🙆 Their already beautiful space is full of holiday cheer and the friendliest and most welcoming faces🎄On the right there is Melissa- the manager at Foundry Kelowna (one of those friendly faces!)😄 and in her hands she has something very special.
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Y'ALL- that ziploc bag is FILLED with toiletries and basic necessities donated from various businesses in Kelowna😲 These packages were and are being distributed to those in need❤ ❗And the whole idea for this came from the Youth Advisory Council at Kelowna❗They reached out to businesses for donations and made over 400 of these- we are SHOOK and the most amazed at their initiative and hard work 👏👏👏

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