PART OF OUR NATURE CAMPAIGN As mountain towns contend with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation has teamed up with the Katz Amsterdam Foundation to promote "Part of Our Nature", a mental health awareness campaign.
By emphasizing that changes in mental health are a “part of our nature,” the awareness campaign aims to normalize the topic of mental health, reduce stigma, and encourage people to reach out and access resources if needed.
TOGETHER FROM SEA TO SKY In what can only be described as a true demonstration of the importance of community during the COVID-19 pandemic, renowned local artists, musicians and members from the Sea to Sky communities of Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton have virtually teamed up to record a music video montage that demonstrates the uniqueness of the area and shows how hope and positivity will always win.
Over 150 people contributed to the project, sending in their photographs and home videos of how they were spreading positivity and ‘not giving up’. From the harmonies to the instrumentals, all of the artists recorded from their homes, while producers Ian Cameron of Ruckus Deluxe and Kevin Hardiman brought together the voices and video.
The video draws attention to the Sea to Sky Healing Project, a locally curated online resource of podcasts, articles, and videos where the community can go to for tools to help them cope with the mental-health aspects of the pandemic.
MENTAL WELLNESS VIDEO SERIES Welcome to a new Mental Wellness Video Series with Registered Clinical Counsellor Greg McDonnell, of McDonnell Counselling in Whistler, British Columbia. Greg has worked in the area of social service delivery for 30 years and has owned a successful private psychotherapy practice since 2007. www.mcdonnellcounselling.ca
Video #1 This first edition speaks specifically about Resiliency and Hope in the time of COVID-19. What gives us hope and how do we find resiliency during chaotic times? In order to get to that place we need to acknowledge the normal anxiety, grief and loss that we may be experiencing during COVID-19. In speaking with youth, young adults, different professional groups etc., COVID-19 has really brought these topics to the surface for many of us. Watch the video to learn more.
More videos to come. Stay tuned.
These videos are produced in partnership with the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation who has collaborated with many groups in the Sea to Sky Corridor to bring this content to life.
SEA TO SKY HEALING PROJECT - A Toolkit for Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 In order to help people adapt to these unprecedented times, a group of Sea to Sky locals has banded together to create the Sea to Sky Healing Project, which is online at seatoskyhealingproject.com. The site features a round-up of podcasts, articles and videos curated by this team of seven with different backgrounds in order to provide a variety of perspectives. Collaborators are Whistler mayor Jack Crompton, Whistler Community Services Society executive director Jackie Dickinson (who is currently on maternity leave), clinical counsellor Greg McDonnell, Coast Mountain Academy counsellor Melahnie Moodie, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre executive director Heather Paul, Pemberton photographer and one-time minister Chad Chomlack, and project founder and Whistler Half Marathon race director Dave Clark. To learn more visitwww.seatoskyhealingproject.com
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