Sometimes, engaging in self-care might feel like it’s just too hard. An adjustable self-care toolkit can allow us to be kinder to ourselves and give us the compassion we need on those hard days.
There are times we judge someone or something with unconscious bias - without knowing that is what we are doing! Read on to find out ways you can identify unconscious bias in your life, and what to do when you notice it.
As we are growing up, we learn to take control of our lives and to not let life take control of us. This section talks about non-medicinal cannabis use.
From uncovering unrealistic beauty standards to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for healing and connection, Brave in your Body was created to support young people navigate poor body image.
Going back to school can be difficult after time off. It’s important to be kind to yourself and take a step back when things are feeling overwhelming for you. If your feelings are starting to take over your everyday life, reach out and get support whenever you need it. Read on to find resources to help you during the back to school season.
For many, culture has a huge impact on the way we view our bodies, and it adds another layer of pressure to conform to a certain image. By continuing to work on her self-acceptance, Jeanna is taking the power away from external media and voices to control how she feels about the way she looks.
Chloe Gao, a physician-scientist trainee and second-generation immigrant, has struggled with her cultural identity growing up. Learn more about how she came to terms with this through her research in improving culturally safe supports for the Asian community.
Youth face increased risks due to substance use. As Canada grapples with the ongoing poisoning crisis, what can we do to help youth who use substances and their families/caregivers get the support they need?
Jay has navigated body image concerns, gender identity and cultural norms to become their authentic and unapologetic self — and inspire others to do the same.
Chantal Brasset, a Family Peer Supporter at Foundry Victoria, shares her experience working alongside the Improving Treatment Together (ITT) Project team and her reflections on the research findings and experiences of the many caregivers involved.
It is important to learn how to safely interrupt and intervene if you witness discrimination. This article explains how certain words and actions can help us de-escalate and defuse such an incident to prevent more harm.
There’s a lot out there about breaking up with a romantic partner, but what if a friendship isn’t working out anymore? Navigating separations in any relationship is difficult - read on for our tips on how to handle friendship breakups.
When you’re struggling with mental health, it can be really hard to complete daily tasks, let alone assignments and exams. Read on for tips on what to do if you feel like you’re falling behind in school.
Shane is a family peer supporter at Foundry Virtual BC. We asked Shane to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about family peer support.
Anxious about counselling? Whether it’s your first time or 100th time, your feelings are valid and it’s okay to feel this way. Read on for what you need to know from someone who’s been in your shoes.
It’s important to recognize discrimination and find support if you experience it. Recognizing and challenging discrimination helps build more inclusive spaces for us all. Learn more about discrimination and what you can do about it.
There are many myths about vaping and tobacco. This section explains the truth around some of the common myths.
With the vaccine rollout and events slowly getting back to how they were before COVID-19, it’s okay to feel nervous or even anxious about going into another "new normal.” We have a few things we wanted to share with you that might help you cope as things change.
It can be hard to know where to start when building a resume and you might feel like there are gaps in your experience because of pandemic lockdowns. No matter what your life looked like, we're here for you. Keep reading for steps on how to start a resume, overcoming the COVID-19 gap, and making your resume stand out.
This article explores what wellness means for Indigenous peoples. This includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures.
Safe spaces provide a network of support and understanding. They are places for people to maintain a sense of wellbeing and belonging. Read on for more information on safe spaces and what to look for when choosing one.
Vaccines do more than protect the person getting vaccinated, they also protect everyone around them. See below to learn more about vaccines in BC.
If you are someone who leans towards supporting others, it’s easy to forget about yourself and end up dismissing your own feelings and emotions. When that happens, you might experience compassion fatigue otherwise known as empathic strain, which can lead to burn out. Does this sound like you? To learn more about compassion fatigue and discover tips to support you, the supporter, keep reading!
Sometimes you may have to deal with an unexpected injury or illness. When that happens, your MSP (Medical Services Plan) may help cover the cost of treatment. But health insurance can be a really complicated topic, so we’ve put together a summary below to help explain it.
We asked a couple of our family peer supporters on the Foundry Virtual services team for ways to support young people while ensuring that you - as a caregiver - can support yourself during this potentially difficult season.
We know that this time of year can be hard; we’ve been there, and we get it! As a team of peer supporters, we created a list of our top 10 tips to navigate (and survive!) the holidays to the best of our abilities.
Members of the Women’s National Field Hockey Team discuss how COVID-19 has affected them and how they are overcoming the pandemic blues.
More and more youth are vaping and it’s important to know more about why people vape, the risks, and how you can self-assess your own habits.
It is now legal to use cannabis in Canada and Canada has laws for both the non-medical use of cannabis and for the medical use of cannabis. This section has information on both of these laws.
Wearing a mask is recommended in public spaces if you are not fully vaccinated. It’s important to know what masks do and how to use them properly when you wear them.
On September 30th we recognize Orange Shirt Day as a time to reflect and bring forth discussion about a devastating part of Canada’s colonial history: The Indian Residential School system.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread impacts, but one of the most distinct ones is its impact on the ongoing overdose crisis. This article, developed in collaboration with clinicians and doctors, will help you navigate using substances more safely during COVID-19 and beyond.
Rory, a youth peer supporter at Foundry Virtual, talks about the advantages of connecting with others online as an LGBTQIA or Two-Spirit young person.
Staying at home may help lessen the spread of COVID-19, but it may not be the safest option for a lot of people. If you feel unsafe at home, keep reading for some ways to take care of yourself and who to contact if you are in need of additional support .
Abigail, from Foundry's own youth advisory committee, has a few ways to keep yourself well during COVID-19.
Right now, it’s important that we are all practicing physical distancing and limiting physical contact with others to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But what does that mean for sexual relationships? Read more below for more information on sexual health during COVID-19.
As someone supporting a young person, you might have difficulty communicating with them during this global health crisis. What do we say to our youth about this issue and how can we be supportive? We have some tips from one of Foundry BC's counsellors on how to be there for the young person in your life.
There is a lot being done to help limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in BC. Something we can all do is practice physical distancing. But what is this physical distancing exactly? How does it help? And what can you do while you keep your distance?
Events around the world can be scary. If you’re feeling anxious about what’s going on around the world, you’re not alone. Your feelings are valid, and there are things you can do to take care of yourself.
Listening is an important part of nurturing relationships with people in your life. When a person knows you’re listening, it can make them more comfortable, especially when talking about tough topics.
Sharing intimate images or messages can be a way to show your affection for someone, but it’s important to know the risks involved. Read more to learn about the impact of sexting before sending out that flirty message.
The legacy of a dedicated athlete ignited a flame of hope to alleviate some of the misconceptions and stigma associated with mental illness.
The fear of the consequences of climate change is a real thing. It can affect your health and mental health. It's important to take care of yourself, but there are also things you can do to help fight against climate change.
The holiday season can be a time of joy for a lot of people. You may feel differently. The holiday blues affect many people, but there are ways to help avoid or manage these negative feelings.
The holidays are generally a happy time of year, but they can also be pretty stressful. With all that’s going on, it’s important to remember these three things before you wear yourself out.
But if it's not, we can help. Foundry offers support for whatever's on your mind.
Dance can help people maintain their physical health, but it can have benefits for mental health too.
Fake news and clickbait shows up often, so it’s important to think twice before believing what you see online.
Understanding what your nutritional needs are while growing up can be confusing, especially when you hear mixed messages. We’ve talked to BC dietitians to clear up some of the questions you may have.
With everything that requires money, how do you keep yourself out of debt? We’ve got some tips for you to keep in mind when managing your hard earned cash.
Meal preparation (meal prep) can save you time and money, but it can be a difficult habit to get into. Here are some tips for meal prep and planning written especially for busy people.
Sometimes, social media can get to be too much. When it does, there are a few things you can do to take back control of your feed.
As an autistic woman in her early twenties, Keara is learning how to accept herself. Now, she wants to help others do the same.
It can be tricky to keep motivated, so here are some ideas to get you going again.
November 11 marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War. Remembrance day is a time to remember and honour those who have served in the nation’s defence.
They cuddle, they play and they can be your best friend. A furry friend can be a great addition to your family life and they can be good for your mental and physical health.
You know volunteering can be good for others and the community, but did you know that it can benefit you too? Volunteering and helping others may be what helps you in the long run.
Exam time is around the corner, and you may be feeling unprepared. While you may be feeling the heat, there are some ways to keep cool and effectively make the most of the study time you’ve got.
You may be really excited to go back to school, you may also not be looking forward to it at all or you may lie somewhere in between. It can be a scary, exciting, daunting, but also a very rewarding time. Here are five tips to help make the new school year a healthy and successful one.
Feeling overwhelmed with all the things you have to do… especially when you realize you could’ve given yourself much more time to get it all done? Here are some ways to to help you check off all the things on your task list.
After spending most of her childhood feeling confused about her identity as a First Nations person, Anna reconnected with her Indigenous roots, finding strength and purpose in the process.
Self-care takes different forms for different people, but it is essentially the long term maintenance of your overall well-being. So what kind of maintenance are we talking about here?
So you’ve decided to keep a journal! But how can you be sure you can keep up with it? Or maybe you’ve tried journalling before but always stopped eventually? Here are a few ways to get your hands in writing mode.
Growing up, Christina often felt caught between two worlds. Now she’s drawing on lessons from her past to help others.
Thinking of going on a hike? If you're out there trying to get that perfect #ExploreBC post, here are some tips to make your adventure a fun and safe one!
You finally got that cap and gown, but are you feeling unsure about your next chapter in life?
Getting the right diagnosis helped Laurie learn how to manage her mental health challenges. Now, she’s devoting her life to helping others do the same.
In high school, Nicole seemed to have it all: she was a top student and the captain of the school’s cheerleading squad. But below the surface, things weren’t quite as they seemed.
After living through an eating disorder, Tesa felt like she was given a second chance in life. Now, she’s intent on making it count.
Even though summer is still a few months away, it's never too early to start thinking about things you want to do during the upcoming break.
Throughout her mental health journey, Lauren has always found clarity – and community – on a soccer pitch. Now she hopes to use the Beautiful Game to help others.
Erin knows that getting help for her mental health sooner could have stopped things from spiraling out of control. That’s why she’s on a mission to tell young people to get help as early as possible.
Getting a good night's sleep isn't always easy, but using these tips can help.
How a Vancouver-based rapper transformed his mental health challenge into art, and found inner peace one rhyme at a time.
How a horse and a new found perspective on life helped this amazing teen overcome her mental health challenges.
Why a chemistry student with social anxiety decided to pick up a camera and face one of his worst fears.
Whether you've just started seeing someone, or have been with them for a while, it's always a good idea to take some time to reflect on your relationship.
Because talking to someone is always a good idea.
How Hurricane Katrina helped this amazing young man conquer his social anxiety.
Joanna struggled with her mental health, but poetry – and a newfound sense of self-love – helped her get through it.
After experiencing a traumatic event, Julian felt like his life had been put on hold, until a newfound purpose pushed him back into action.
In order to overcome an eating disorder, Victoria had to find her inner warrior. Then she took to social media, hoping to help other women find their own.
Alexandra spent her teenage years battling depression and anxiety. Now she’s using her struggles to understand the science behind mental illness.
After silently struggling with her mental health, Lindsey discovered purpose – and confidence – where she least expected: her local yoga studio.
Through her own experiences, Andrea knows the value of telling her story and wants to help other young people share theirs.
Anxiety and depression isolated Hargun from her friends and family. Now, she shares her story to help normalize mental health and end the stigma that still surrounds it.
Knowing firsthand how hard it can be to navigate the health system, Yvana jumped at the chance to be involved with Foundry North Shore to help create a different experience for young people.