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Welcome to Chimo Helpline's February 2017 newsletter.
This is a place where we will share updates, community events and important information regarding mental health and suicide prevention. 

February is Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a complex and difficult issue and one of the leading causes of preventable death in New Brunswick,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Our best defense is to understand the warning signs, but mostly, it is to simply talk about it. That is how we are going to break the stigma.”

The warning signs of suicide include: depression, loneliness, giving away prized possessions, poor performance at work or school, aggressive behaviour, mood swings, unnecessary risk-taking, threats of suicide, talking about death, abuse of alcohol or drugs and loss of interest in usual activities. Having even one sign could mean help is necessary. (CMHA)

To get help, contact:

  • A community member you trust
  • A family physician
  • Chimo helpline 1-800-667-5005
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
  • Mental Health Outreach/Mobile Services
  • Your local community mental health centre
  • The nearest hospital emergency department
  • 911 in case of emergency


 

Mental fitness means having a positive sense of how we feel, think, and act, which improves our ability to enjoy life.  There are various things we can do to encourage an environment that improve mental fitness at home, work, school and in communities.
  • Promote success
  • Give constructive criticism
  • Provide active listening
  • Make expectations clear
  • Give choices
  • Suggest rather than dictate
  • Reduce all coercive approaches
  • Welcome and take into account others’ ideas
  • Show empathy for others
  • Respect, accept, and take an interest in others
For more general information on mental fitness and how you can improve it, you can access the mental fitness tip card and the information sheet provided by the provincial government.

Our Impact

 
What are the benefits of helpline service?  ​Helplines using non-professionals to assist persons in distress offer a relatively inexpensive  means of providing support and care. Trained interveners help individuals problem-solve with day-to-day issues,  acute situations and help them remain safe while in crisis. 
 
For many, the privacy in placing a call rather than in a face-to-face meeting helps prevent feelings of vulnerability when reaching out for help. Individuals can access services through helplines without feeling stigmatized.

Volunteer Opportunities


We are making preparations for our Spring training session.  If you are interested in joining our team of caring phone Interveners, please contact us at chimo1@nb.aibn.com or visit our website.  
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Upcoming Events 

“The Vagina Monologues” invites you to help put an end to violence against woman. All proceeds will go toward a local organization in support of woman and children.  Please note that this production deals with mature subject matter and is not recommended for children.

Feb 10 & 11 at 7:30
Fredericton High School
Tickets $20 - Buy Now

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