As part of Red River College’s group benefits, Benefit Eligible Employees may have coverage for the following professional services. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.
- Athletic Therapists
- Massage Therapists
- Psychologists/Social Workers
- Speech Therapists
For detailed paramedical coverage information refer to your benefits booklet.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health is key to being truly healthy. Mental health involves how we interact with the world around us and how we feel, think and act. Mental health is not about achieving the ‘perfect life’ by avoiding problems. Mental well-being is much more than the presence or absence of a mental illness; rather it is about living well and feeling capable despite challenges.
Each person’s path to mental well-being is different and unique just as each person’s goals, challenges, talents and supports are. Maintaining your mental health requires effort every day, but the rewards are great! Everyone can achieve good mental health! Here are some tips and activities to apply on a regular basis to help you get started:
- Build a healthy self-esteem – Self-esteem is being able to see all of your abilities and weaknesses together, accepting them, and doing your best with what you have. Take a look at your skills and interests, and then what you have difficulty with. All of us have our positive and negative sides. Build confidence by developing weaker areas and regularly reminding yourself of the things you’re comfortable and proud of.
- Build a positive support network – Social support is a very important part of mental health and people in our networks can offer many different kinds of support. Make time to just be with important people in your life.
- Get involved – You make a difference, and being involved in the things that matter to us provides a great feeling of satisfaction and purpose. Getting involved connects you with others, builds confidence and promotes personal growth. Read to children, serve on a committee or board of your favorite charity, or simply help a neighbor.
- Build resiliency – Stress is a normal part of life. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations that are a normal part of life. Build a resiliency tool kit that might include skills like problem solving, assertiveness, and balancing obligations and expectations.
For more mental health information including more tips and activities visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website.
The LifeWorks website contains useful tools and articles to help you and your family. You even have access to seminars at www.lifeworks.com.
Whether you have questions about bedtime routines, or if you’re struggling to set limits, LifeWorks can help you find solutions to your family’s sleep issues! Check out these recommended resources:
- Podcast – Helping Your Child Get a Good Night’s Sleep
- New Seminar – Positive Discipline
 Mental Health – Why is your mental health so important? Canadian Mental Health Association. 2015.