Jan. 30 event tackles depression

More Joy Regina on Bell’s Let’s Talk Day this Jan. 30 is going one step further than talking—it will offer concrete advice and support too.

More Joy Regina at the Conexus Arts Centre will bring together provincial mental health professionals to present treatment options and coping strategies. The three-hour evening is a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Regina Branch.

“One in five Canadians lives with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. But the reality is, five in five of us have mental health, just like we have physical health,” said CMHA Director of Community Engagement, Shannon Patton.

 “Our mental health is about more than being happy all the time, it’s about feeling good about who we are, having balance in our life and managing life’s highs and lows. An event like this will help give people permission to search for and hopefully experience a little more joy in their life.” 

– Shannon Patton, Canadian Mental Health Association

More Joy Regina is the brainchild of journalist and author Christalee Froese who toured with her first book,  Journey to Joy, this fall.

“Everywhere I went and told my story of breakdown and recovery, I was met with people of all ages who were struggling profoundly with depression and anxiety,” said Froese.

Her solution: The More Joy Movement which will be launched on Jan. 30, 2019 to coincide with Bell’s Let’s Talk Day. More Joy Regina will feature an array of speakers and mental health professionals, as well as a Steeped Tea Bar and a Serenity Lounge, all MC’d by CBC’s Costa Maragos.

Tickets to More Joy Regina, $55, are available at:
• Prairie Psychology (2230 Lorne St.) – cheque and cash only
• CMHA Regina Branch (1810 Albert St.) – cheque and cash only
• Online @ More Joy Regina tickets – Visa/Paypal

Depression…Let’s Talk!

Depression and anxiety are so hard…I know, I’ve been there.
But, there’s help…and there’s HOPE!
On Bell’s Let’s Talk Day, Wednesday, Jan. 30, we’ll spend the evening together at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina talking…AND EXPLORING SOLUTIONS.
It’s my hope that by being totally open and honest, we’ll shake off some of that stigma about mental health.

And … we’re going to have amazing people with us to help:

• The Canadian Mental Health Association, Regina Branch will bring you their Stress Survival Kit

• The U of R and Sask. Health will tell you about their FREE online therapy program (I’m trying it right now—it’s AMAZING).

• Psychologists Blair Sirup and Judy Wright, and Life Coach Christine Majeran will talk about info. and solutions

• We’ll have a Steeped Tea bar to sooth; a Meditation Lounge to provide peace and uplifting JOY TEAM members to talk, share and support.

Tickets are only $45 (includes draws for over $2,000 in prizes) until Jan. 15. Get yours here More Joy Regina.

Help for the struggling…

…I never intended this book to be a self-help book, and strictly speaking, it’s not. But those who have read early versions of Journey to Joy have found the words to be healing and helpful.

If you know of someone struggling with anxiety, depression and life in general, I humbling ask you to pre-order them a copy of the book (due out May 1, 2018; $24.99), or suggest that they read the ‘sneak peek’ post and order the book themselves.

Here are what two  readers discovered when they read Journey to Joy:

Elizabeth Braul, teacher, Winnipeg, Manitoba:

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Christalee let me see an advance copy of her book when I was in the lowest moment of my life, completely heartbroken over my unfulfilled dream to have children. Her book was a tiny light at the end of a very dark, long tunnel and I am so forever grateful for the message of calm, light, love, self acceptance and moving forward through grief. Her honest, thoughtful words gave me a measure of peace and hope back.

Chantal Romanow, businesswoman, Aurora Colorado :

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This book came into my life as my thoughts were in, to say the least, turmoil! I thought I was the only woman going through this journey so when Christalee asked me to read her book, I truly had no idea how deep and profound of a book it would be for me.

I was deep into personal development books already but her book was different because it came from a mom, a woman, a real experience and it shared her struggles and her journey. It gave me permission to be okay with my thoughts, to see the parallel of life and the choices we all have in our journey. In her book I took away my most important lesson–Breath and Meditation. When I find my breath, I find space and in the space I take time to find my joy. The breath cleans the worries, and thoughts and my awareness turn to finding joy. In this space, life slowed down. This book gave me permission to heal and connect with God and life moments.

It is still a work in progress, as is every journey, but making this a habit has allowed the joy in life to be found. Sharing her journey gave me grace and understanding because although our lives are different, somehow the jouney to find joy is a search for many of us.