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Archive for January, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015

Blue Monday

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Blue Monday

January can be a “gloomy” time of the year. The frigid weather along with less daylight can make one feel sluggish, irritable and contribute to social isolation. If you experience mental health problems, you need to take extra care of your health and wellbeing in extreme cold weather. Although there are many reasons why someone may feel particularly "down" in January, each year much of the media becomes fixated on a specific day in late January as one of the most depressing of the year. It has become recognized by many as Blue Monday.

 True clinical depression (as opposed to a post-Christmas slump) is a far more complex condition, affected by many factors both internal and external, which can strike at any time of year. However, the annual seasonal equation of debt, lack of motivation, cold weather and other arbitrary variables can be a reason to step up and try to make a difference in how you or someone else might be feeling.

Here are a few tips to help beat the winter blues!

1)      Rejuvenate yourself! Make an effort to eat well and exercise. This will help your body and mind fight negative energy and thoughts.

2)      Embrace gratitude – try to focus on the positive, after all it is a new year!

3)      Treat yourself - so that you feel better about leaving the holidays behind, give yourself something to look forward to! Plan a weekend getaway, try a new sport or take on a new hobby.

4)      Open the blinds! Try to allow natural sunlight into your home. If it is too cold to venture outside, sit by the window and allow your body to absorb some much-needed Vitamin D. 

5)      Enjoy the outdoors - adopt a winter sport. Obviously, you are a lot more likely to get outdoors if there are things you enjoy doing, even when the weather is chilly.

6)      Get out there-on sunny winter days, take walks outdoors. Even if winter light does not have midsummer intensity, a dose of real sun is far more effective than indoor bulbs.

7)      Join a gym -while research shows that exercise helps relieve depression, it is hard to get motivated in the winter. If you join a health club and set up a regular time to go, you are more likely to get the exercise you need to boost your mood.

8)      Down a mood booster-take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains vitamin B6, thiamin, and folic acid. Studies have shown that all of these B vitamins can benefit mood.

9)      Stay off sugar -don’t overdo cookies, candy, and other sugary foods. Refined sugar may give you an initial lift, but afterward your energy plummets and so does your mood. Opt for protein-dense meals that can help increase alertness. Have an egg-white omelet for breakfast or a chicken breast sandwich for lunch.

10)   Be intuitive – focus on how you feel. Gauge whether the feelings you are experiencing are temporary or something more than that. Seek help when it is affecting your work, relationships, and day-to-day living. To open the conversation on mental health problems and the reality of themit is okay to talk about feeling blue or even the experience of true depression. Asking for help is a step in the right direction.


 If you are in crisis please contact 1-888-379-7699, if under 18 please contact 1-866-403-5459. If you need to access Mental Health Services please contact Intake at 1-855-222-6011.



Submitted by:

Kristina Lindsay

Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Prairie Mountain Health

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Prairie Mountain Health's CVITP looking for volunteers

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Volunteers Needed for
 Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)


Volunteers are needed for CVITP.  Volunteers must meet the following criteria to be eligible to volunteer with the program:


·         Have basic tax knowledge

·         Experience completing simple tax returns

·         Familiar with and comfortable using computerized tax software (UFile)

·         Able to commit a few hours per week during March and April completing tax returns

·         In good standing with CRA for personal taxes

·         Must be 18 years of age

·         Must be a Canadian resident

·         Must have a valid SIN

·         Have a few hours a week during March and April

·         Access to a secure computer
 (or willing to complete tax returns electronically at 7th Street Health Access Centre in Brandon).


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Current Locations with Tax Volunteers:


Birtle Medical clinic

843 Gertrude Street

Birtle MB

204- 842-3235


Minnedosa Agriculture Office

36 Armitage Avenue

Minnedosa MB

204- 867-3701

Town of Rivers Office

670 2nd Avenue

Rivers MB

204- 328-7251

Carberry Service for Seniors

132 Main Street

Carberry MB

204- 834-6613

Yellowhead Regional Employment

Skills and Services

133 Main Street

Minnedosa MB

204- 867-3701


Andrew Agencies

126 Main Street N

Russell MB

204- 773-6237

Elkhorn Leisure Centre

10 Richhill Avenue

Elkhorn MB

204- 845-2584


HAND Office/Service for Seniors

430 Brown Avenue

Neepawa MB

204- 354-2220

Souris Valley Recreation Office

32 3rd Avenue W

Souris MB

204- 483-5214

Turtle Mountain Adult Education Centre

411 Broadway Avenue

Killarney MB

204- 523-4492

Neepawa Public Library

280 Davidson Street

Neepawa MB

204- 354-2220

Border Regional Library

312 7th Avenue S

Virden MB





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 7th Street Health Access Centre

20 7th Street

Brandon MB

204- 578-4800


For more information, please contact Vicky Legassie at 204-578-4804 or, or Chenessa McLennan at 204-578-4806 or


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