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Mental Health Week

Why the little things matter...

Did you know that direct person-to-person contact triggers parts of our nervous system that could help us be more resilient to stress factors in the long run? Social interaction, even just bumping fists or giving someone a high five is enough to release oxytocin, which sets of a chain reaction that lowers your stress.  Who knew that a simple high five could do that? (more info on why this is important can be found here)

There is so much evidence out there to support the positives of social interaction and taking notice of and participating in the little things - from physical health to mental health, life longevity, to pain reduction. It's incredible! We are aware that the comfort level of social interaction varies for everyone but we are hopeful there will be something you may like to join in on.

So this Canadian Mental Health Week (May 2-8), we are encouraging you to take part in one or more of these activities - or any other activity that brings interaction, and see how it makes you feel. We have partnered with a number of community and regional agencies and groups to provide this (thank you!), and each one has a special nod and info related to mental health and wellness. 

For more information about how Devon FCSS can support you or a loved one, follow this link.

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Mental Health Week Activities

Unless otherwise noted, all registrations go via devon.recdesk.com

Any questions call 780-987-8325


Running all week


Community Voices Short Story / Poetry Submissions

The Devon Public Library and Devon FCSS are looking for submissions for the Community Voices Poetry Gathering for Mental Health Week.

The topic for submissions is "What mental health / wellness means or looks like to you".

Mental health and mental wellness looks different for everyone. We are inviting you to write a poem or a short story (max 500 words) to share with the public over Mental Health Week (May 2-8, 2022), and beyond, that captures what it means to you.

All entries will be posted on our websites, Facebook and Instagram, with potential for the Dispatch and other media. You can enter with a request to remain anonymous when publishing.

All submissions will be put into a draw to win one of three $50 gift cards.

Submission deadline: April 26, 2022

Open to any Devon resident and youth aged 12+ registered at a Devon school. 

To enter: 

Read the instructions on this form (fillable PDF - either print it out or get a hard copy from the library) complete, and provide it with your typed or block printed submission to Leigha@devonpubliclibrary.ca or drop off at the library by APRIL 26.

Open to Devon residents and those whith a child registered at a Devon school only. We thank everyone for their submission and will share all eligible / appropriate entries.


120 Minute Challenge – The Little Things

We challenge you to 15 minutes a day, for one week (May 2-8) to focus on mental health and wellbeing – something done with intention to make your (or someone else’s) day a little bit better. What that looks like is up to you. Make a phone call, do some breathing exercises, join in one of our many programs, meet someone for coffee, be kind, stop and smell the air on the trails. So many options! See how each little thing really can make a difference.

  • Open to individuals, couples or families.
  • All Devon residents (or those with a child registered in a Devon school) can participate and be entered to win one of three $50 gift cards. Just tell us what you did and how it helped your mental wellbeing… that’s it!

Date: Mental Health Week, May 2-8, 2022.

For full details, ideas, and how to enter are available at devon.ca/120minutes

Send your email entry to Devon FCSS at FCSS@devon.ca by midnight, Sunday, May 8.


Monday, May 2

Mindfulness 101

Want to learn how to focus on the present and why that is important? This 101 session will focus on the basics of mindful behaviour, provide some guided meditation, breathing techniques, a little bit of the science behind it and how to use it in everyday life.

Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Devon Community Centre, Claypool Room
Age: 15+
Cost: Free
Registration deadline: April 26


Social Knitwork

Do you like to knit/crochet or wish to learn? Join us for this special event to support mental wellness.  Come with your project, be introduced to new ones or simply just start stitching.  Share info & tips. Colunteers will be available to help beginners learn.

Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Devon Library
Age: 8+ (with adult)
Cost: Free
Drop-in (but please notify office if you require starter pack by April 26)


Tuesday, May 3

Youth ARTventure

Join in for a four-week art expression series. Through a creative outlet strengthen your self-esteem, resiliency, self-identity, and mindfulness. Enjoy this positive mood boosting series.

Dates: May 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Place: Devon Community Centre, Braun Hall
Age: 10-12
Cost: $40
Registration deadline: April 26


Pizza & Pool Guys Night

Guys, this one is just for you. Join us for pizza, darts and pool for a chill night out. All that is free but you’re on your own for any alcohol. Open to non-Legion members too. Pizza served fresh at 7pm(ish).

Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Place: Devon Legion
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free (except any drinks)


Virtues Pick Café

Join us for this special mental wellbeing Virtues Pick Café. Learn what Virtues are, what they may mean to you, how to recognize them in yourself and others and why they are important in becoming your best self and enhance your relationships.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Place: Virtual via Zoom
Ages: Youth 15+ and Adults 
Cost: Free
Email FCSS@devon.ca to register


Wednesday, May 4

Family Bingo

Fun for all the family. Suitable for children of all ages. Please note, this is for families with younger children and youth, anyone registering will need to have at least one person under 17 in their group. Each registrant will get their own set of Bingo cards. Open to any Devon family or any family with a child registered at a Devon school. Small gift card prizes.

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Place: Devon Community Centre
Ages: Families with children and youth 17 and under attending
Cost: Free
Registration deadline: April 26


Kindness Conversations

TBD (Library?)

RCMP/CPO vs. Youth - Ball Hockey Game

Want to face-off in a friendly game of ball hockey? Bring your stick (we have spares if you don’t have one) and join in. This is an unsupervised session - play at own risk. Helmets recommended.

Time: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Place: Holy Spirit Playground
All ages 8+ welcome
Drop-in


Seniors Connect - Charades

Gather as a team in some friendly competition with each other. Snacks, laughs and refreshments offered!  

Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Place: Devon Community Centre
Ages 55+
Register: CSOC@devon.ca or 780-987-8308 by April 26


Thursday, May 5

Devon Community Indoor Playground Special

Join us for this mental wellness focus special session. This one will be lead, in part, by our early childhood specialist, Miss Kathy. Spend quality time with other parents while your children play. We will also be including a short break to focus on taking positive time-out as a parent. This is open to anyone who has attended the indoor playground in 2021 or 2022. There will also be snacks and refreshments.

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Place: Devon Community Centre
Age: 0-6 years
Cost: Free
Registration deadline: April 26


Outdoor Mental Wellness Walk

Come explore Devon’s trails and join in for a leisurely social walk and then learn about why being outside is good for your mental health, while we chat over a picnic lunch (pre-registration required or bring your own). Don't forget, you can book the community bus to get there and back (free for this event only) 780-910-1960.

Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Up Voyageur Hill and down Legs of Fire stairs. 
Age: All and dogs on leash welcome too
Cost: Free to all Devon residents (non-Devon residents will be charged $10 for the picnic lunch)
Registration Deadline: April 26
Call p: 780-987-8308 or email: CSOC@devon.ca

Note: In the event of severe weather, walks may be cancelled.


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls & 2Spirit+ Event

See www.devon.ca/mmiwg2s+ for details


Friday, May 6

Seniors Coffee Chat

Join in to connect with others for a friendly chat and hear updates about programing from the Town. Coffee and tea is on us! Don't forget, you can book the community bus to get there and back (free for this event only) 780-910-1960. Must be booked by noon, Thursday, May 5.

Time: 10-11 a.m.
Place: A&W
Ages: 60+
Cost: Free
Drop-In


Music Jam for Mental Health

In partnership with Pioneer 73 Club, join us for a special evening of their legendary music jam event. Bring your instrument to play along or simply come and enjoy the vibe… singing, dancing and music… snacks and refreshments too. Everyone welcome! Don't forget, you can book the community bus to get there and back (free for this event only) 780-910-1960. Must be booked by noon, Thursday, May 5.

Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Place: Devon Community Centre
Ages: All
Cost: Free
Any questions: call 780-987-8325


Crafting with Mom

Girls and boys grab your Mom (or any other significant female role model in your life) and join us for a fun evening making a beautiful craft together to keep or share! Just in time for Mother’s Day! 

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Place: Urban Whyte 17 Athabasca Ave #112
Ages:  Suitable for children 8+ and their adult
Cost:  $10 per child
Registration Deadline:  April 26


Saturday, May 7

Games Galore!

Gather your friends and families to enjoy an afternoon of drop-in games. Check out the huge variety of board games to play from old family favorites to new puzzles and cooperative games.  All ages are welcome to attend, parental supervision may be required. Don't forget, you can book the community bus to get there and back (free for this event only) 780-910-1960. Must be booked by noon, Thursday, May 5.

Time: 2-4pm
Place: Devon Community Centre
Cost: Free
Ages: 8+ years
Registration Deadline: None


Sunday, May 8

Story Sharing

Do you want to share your entry to the poetry / story submissions for Mental Health Week? How about reading someone else’s poem or an extract that means something to you? Whatever it is, we would love to hear it. Come join us for this cozy afternoon “show and share” coffee time. Please be advised this may cover sensitive topics. We do ask that all participants not read anything with profanity or provocative language.

Time
Location: Devon Public Library
Cost: Free
Ages: 12+
Registration deadline: none

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