Posts By: Crisis Centre

Crisis response is not counselling

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By Stacy Ashton, Executive Director   At some point in our 51+ year history, there were questions raised about what to call the volunteers who answered our phones. “Crisis Counsellor” was one of the options proposed.  I thought that was a good idea when I was volunteering on the lines—mostly because I was applying to […]

World Mental Health Day

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By Stacy Ashton, Executive Director A side-effect of unprecedented experiences is you learn unexpected lessons. Assumptions are tested against reality, and you get to learn through observation instead of guesswork.  I always thought catching colds was inevitable. Only a wizard would be able to avoid the viruses floating around us all the time. This month, […]

A Mutual Exchange of Teachings: Indigenous Mindfulness Program

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By Gary Hutton, Indigenous Mindfulness Program Project Coordinator My name is Gary Hutton, I am of Nehiyaw (Cree) descent and the newly hired Project Coordinator of an exciting and innovative Crisis Centre initiative. When I was hired to work with the Crisis Centre’s Indigenous Mindfulness Program, I was very enthusiastic for the opportunity to share […]

Need to talk? You’re not alone. A Province Newspaper Op-Ed

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Crisis responders don’t have answers. We do have hope. At our core, we know that every person has the strength and courage to get through any challenge, and we are going to be alongside you through the worst moments. The following appeared in the September 10, 2020 edition of The Province in print and digital […]