Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Week
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Mental Health Week and Wellness Together Canada

Mental Health Week is sponsored by Major Sponsor Beneva as well as The Medicine Shoppe, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (Canada Life) and Not Myself Today. To get involved, you can:

Learn more about mental health and empathy at 
Share your support on social media by downloading a toolkit and using hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek 
Donate to support CMHA mental health programs and services at 
Connect. If you or someone you love is struggling, please contact your local CMHA or visit the Government of Canada’s Wellness Together portal. If you are in crisis, please call 1-833-456-4566 toll free in Canada (1-866-277-3553 in Quebec) or dial 911.

Les Femmes et la Francophonie Albertaine
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Les Femmes et la Francophonie Albertaine

Quand j’ai habité à Vancouver, ça semblait qu’il y avait plus d’opportunités francophones. Une raison importante est la connexion avec les immigrants francophones et les peuples Indigènes. Les deux groupes ont un problème systémique ainsi que la colonisation qui se transmet autour du monde. Donc, l’anglais et le français sont les langues primaires selon les immigrants et peuples Indigènes. 

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Francophone Alberta and Migrant Women |Monica Bassili

Today, the Francophonie Albertaine Plurielle, Accès Emploi, and the African Center are the only companies that support African and Francophone migrants. So governments must provide the investment in francophone services and programs in Edmonton. Not only for women but for all French-speaking migrants who import their identity, culture, and religions to Canada.

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Sexy but Psycho – Exploring the Depths of “Mental Illness” | Monica Bassili

Trauma-informed refers to a focus on the social and environmental implications of an individual, instead of assuming a chronic chemical imbalance in the brain and prescribing medication. A trauma-informed approach primarily concerns a strengths-based, non-pathologizing, and non-victim-blaming approach based on the social model of mental wellbeing. In this way, the experiences of violence, trauma, and abuses perpetrated against women and sexual minorities are the catalysts of poor coping mechanisms and trauma responses.

For instance, a woman may self-harm due to repeated inflictions of sexual and physical violence. In such cases, there is no chronic chemical imbalance in the brain that suddenly appeared, instead, the experience is a trauma-response in which the woman feels calmer when self-inflicting abuses have already been inflicted on her previously. This is just one example of why an individual would self-harm. It is important to note that every individual will have a different answer, different reasons, and different sensations when self-harming.

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Elective Surgery | Post Covid by Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

I applaud the emphasis the health profession has put on assessing the impact of COVID-19, the selflessness front-line medical workers have shown during these unprecedented times, the overall consideration of when and how to safely resume elective surgeries, and how to prioritize patients. The myriad of problems facing the health care system does not have simple solutions, but it does deserve efficient and focused effort to seek and implement some.

What is Alopecia?
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What is Alopecia?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes you to lose hair and often leaves little bald spots on your head. Our hair is made up of mostly protein. When our body does not have enough protein, the hairs enter the resting phase. This causes us to lose hair and hair to become brittle and fall out. Alopecia is both hereditary and hormonal. It affects both males and females and can happen at any age. There are many causes related to alopecia. Causes include severe or chronic illness, thyroid disease, low-protein diets, low iron levels and improper hair care. It is also common after childbirth. If hair loss occurs, the hairs may enter a resting phase and are lost without immediate replacement. It could last up to nine months but should resolve itself without treatment. This also may be the case if you have a chronic illness

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Protecting the Health of Women and Girls : Bill 10

If passed, Bill 10, the Health Professions (Protecting Women and Girls) Amendment Act, 2022 would mean health professionals who perform or facilitate female genital mutilation (FGM) or cutting would be removed from practising medicine, if convicted. Health professionals convicted of this crime in another jurisdiction would not be allowed to practise in Alberta. Additionally, reporting conduct related to FGM to law enforcement would be mandatory.

International Day for the Ellimination of Racial Discrimination
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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

“Today, Alberta joins the world in recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year’s theme is Voices for Action Against Racism, and I encourage all Albertans to participate both by speaking up against acts of hatred and intolerance, and by encouraging and supporting others who have stories to tell, but have been reluctant to do so.

Towards a model of wellness
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Toward an Alberta model of Wellness

Budget 2022 also prioritizes increasing access to addiction and mental health supports for children and youth, seniors, and people with complex needs, as well as making it easier for Albertans who come into contact with the judicial system to access recovery-oriented support. Alberta’s government will also continue to address the increased need for mental health and wellness supports as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the rising number of opioid-related overdose fatalities

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Alberta drops almost all public health restrictions

Now in effect:
Remaining provincial school requirements (including cohorting) are removed.
Screening prior to youth activities is no longer required.
Capacity limits are lifted for all venues.
Limits on social gatherings are removed.
The provincial mask mandate is lifted in most settings. However, masking will still be required in the following high-risk settings: on public transit, at Alberta Health Services-operated and contracted facilities and all continuing care settings.
Municipal bylaws may continue to be in effect.
Albertans may wish to consider individual risk factors and choose to wear masks in other public indoor settings.
Restrictions on interactive activities, liquor service and operating hours are lifted.
Mandatory work-from-home requirement is removed.