Community Connection Mental Health Series

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Community Connection Mental Health - Episode 8  
Mark Wade from MHC, and he will be speaking on understanding trauma and how to care for those that have experienced it.

Community Connection Mental Health - Episode 7 
In episode 7 of the Community Connection: Mental Health Series presented by the Brandon Niwa Legacy Fund – The Beej Project, Natasha Carvalho, Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society, shares her knowledge and expertise around the effects of family violence on mental health, and in turn how mental health affects family violence. She’ll share insight into the prevalence of family violence in our community, red flags and signs of unhealthy relationships, the physical, mental and emotional impacts individuals endure when experiencing family violence, as well as the services available to anyone seeking support and refuge. e thank the individual who wished to share their own personal story with us, for their courage in painting a picture to help others understand, to create compassion for individuals experiencing family violence, and for helping to end the stigma around accessing support and services.

Community Connection Mental Health Series - Episode 6

 Psychologist Angela Irvine breaks down the ten most common myths and misunderstandings she hears about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in her private practice, as well as in her personal life. (April 13, 2021)

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MHC launches video series on mental health

Medicine Hat, Alberta (January 27, 2021): Thanks to a generous donation from the Niwa family (referred to as the Beej Project), Medicine Hat College (MHC), is leading a partnership with local schools and law enforcement to support mental health through the development of a new video series.

Guided by a community advisory panel that includes Medicine Hat Public School Division No. 76, Prairie Rose School Division, Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education, and Medicine Hat Police Service, this grassroots initiative invites local professionals to share their expertise on a variety of topics, equipping people with the resources needed to build strength and resiliency in themselves and those around them.

From providing insight on how to have tough conversations to helping people navigate disorders related to and associated with mental health, this video series is meant to open conversations and connect people with community services and support.

“This initiative was created by a family who was grieving a significant loss. Their hope is that by being proactive and educating the community we can help make a positive change in the lives of others,” says Jennifer Kerslake, director of community engagement at MHC. “We want to ensure that we are providing people with the knowledge and tools necessary to deal with life’s challenges in a healthy way.”

Launching the series this week is a well-known and respected leader in the world of athletics. Drawing on his professional background in sports leadership, Willie Desjardins, head coach and general manager of the Medicine Hat Tigers, talks about the role that coaches, educators and parents play in empowering others to cope with adversity.

“It’s important that we are there for, and support each other in, the community. These are trying times, and we don’t know what someone is dealing with unless we have the conversations, and take the time to listen,” says Desjardins. “As leaders you may not know the impact you are having on someone, but at the end of the day you do make a difference – you make a big difference.”
A new video will be launched every two weeks. To view the series, visit


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