Centre for Suicide Prevention and Millbrook Technologies Inc Launch River of Life

Centre for Suicide Prevention and Millbrook Technologies Inc Launch River of Life











Calgary, Alberta (Vocus) September 9, 2010

Canadians join world-wide efforts to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day. East and West have come together in a partnership to help prevent the growing rate of Aboriginal youth suicide.

The Centre for Suicide Prevention developed the content materials and Millbrook Technologies brought these to life in the first ever online Aboriginal suicide prevention training program in the world.

Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says, “The River of Life is a practical tool that will be instrumental in building resiliency in communities and we are proud to support this initiative.”

This unique online training program is “Excellent! Covers a difficult topic related to different pieces of history. It has a message of resiliency and hope… it inspires you to do something” (C.E. Bird).

This course is “so much what people are hungry for, looking exactly for this content” (J.S., Youth Health Educator).

Centre for Suicide Prevention

The Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is an education centre specializing in curricula development, training, and providing library and information services. The purpose of the Centre is to inform and equip people with additional knowledge and skills in the prevention of suicide.

“We are hopeful that ongoing discussions with government may result in financial support for this ‘one-of-a-kind’, first ever, online Aboriginal suicide prevention course. How truly proud we are, as Canadians, to offer this to our international friends” (Diane Yackel, CSP Executive Director).

Millbrook Technologies Inc.

Millbrook Technologies Inc. is located in Nova Scotia, Canada and is owned by the Millbrook First Nation. Millbrook Technologies Inc. specializes in the customization of advanced technologies and building unique courseware.

Who should take the program?

The prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide is a community effort and therefore prevention responsibility should not be left to a single person. Front line workers are obviously those directly involved in the health and well being of the youth in their community.

Mental health workers, addiction counsellors, nurses, youth counsellors, community outreach workers, family members and social services personnel are some of those occupations who should be equipped with the skills to identify and enhance the protective factors that will mitigate the risk of suicide.

In addition, we recommend that police officers, teachers, Friendship Centre staff, probation officers, correctional services workers, foster parents, Elders, band council members and clergy also participate.

Unfortunately too many communities wait until they are in crisis to mobilize their resources. The River of Life program has been designed to provide training to a very diverse group of people within the community to work together in the development of community based strategies. The knowledge provided and skills acquired will result in a positive preventative community action plan.

For more information or to register please go to http://www.riveroflifeprogram.ca

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Make The Most of Yourself and Let Your Life Flow, ?Make Your Imagination Rich? Marks Your Place in the World

Make The Most of Yourself and Let Your Life Flow, “Make Your Imagination Rich” Marks Your Place in the World










Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) April 14, 2006

Everyday we are faced with unpleasant circumstances that cause us to go into fits of worry, fear, frustration and anger. Unfortunately, these stress-related emotions corrode our inner health. In 2000/2001, over one-quarter of Canadian adults had stated that their lives were either quite stressful or extremely stressful (Source: Statistics Canada, Health Reports). These were due to time pressures, work-related pressures, financial problems and other social pressures. This can lead to the loss of your most valuable tool: your self-respect.

“It’s not a pleasant feeling when you lose your self-respect,” states Shawn Bent, author of “Make Your Imagination Rich” (Intuitive Insights Publishing; 2006; $ 20.95/trade paperback; ISBN 0-9739743-0-3). “You feel like you’ve lost your place in the world, you lose control over your life and you forget about what makes you unique and special.” When Bent forgot about himself, he felt that he had suffered terrible consequences.

He then wanted out of such an emotional turmoil. When he started learning about the imagination and started applying some of the concepts, his life improved dramatically. “Make Your Imagination Rich” was then brought to life. Instead of being written in the traditional self-help fashion of lists and instructions, the book is written in a very thought-filled and reflective style. This allows readers to relate to the information by calling upon their own thoughts and automatically engaging in constructive actions as a result.

Readers will learn about the imagination and how it affects their outer lives. Instead of formal instructions, the book is organized in a way that uses metaphors to interconnect the concepts of personal development while relating those concepts to subjects in our daily lives. Analogies are also used to help explain concepts further and also to help engage the reader’s thoughts even more. If you are tired of struggling and want to establish clarity and understanding in life, then this book is for you.

This book also emphasizes the importance of inner health. “Once you overload your inner self with negative thoughts and feelings, your outer life’s circumstances will be adversely affected as well,” adds Bent, who has succeeded in conquering his own inner demons.

This book appeals to everyone, both young and old. Ultimately, “Make Your Imagination Rich” will enable people to view life creatively, constructively and curiously.

Shawn Bent is a writer who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of Toastmasters International and is also a graduate of Algonquin College.

For more information on Shawn Bent, or to schedule an interview, contact Mr. Bent directly.

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Active Aging Week Promotes Quality of Life for Seniors

Active Aging Week Promotes Quality of Life for Seniors










(PRWEB) September 15, 2004

Millions of older adults suffer from chronic illness that can be prevented or improved through regular exercise, yet more than a third of adults over age 65 remain inactive. This month, an alliance of wellness organizations is setting out to change that fact.

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), with the support of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has joined forces with Lady of America and Jazzercise, Inc. to bring free fitness classes and health information to older adults for the second annual Active Aging Week. The international observance, held Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, will team fitness and wellness facilities that cater to the senior population with local fitness instructors to offer seniors free fitness classes and workouts.

Hundreds of facilities are currently scheduled to participate in the second annual Active Aging Week, including Lady of America, with 760 locations, and Goodlife Fitness Clubs, with 80-plus locations in Canada. This includes 10 Lady of America and Ladies Work Express facilities in the Tampa Bay Area. Add to this aggressive promotional campaigns, including statewide initiatives in Texas and in New South Wales, Australia, and the message of active aging is sure to reach more than 1 million older adults this year.

“As people get older, they’re frequently told what they can’t do. But the truth is, you’re never too old to become physically active,” says Judi Sheppard Missett, Jazzercise founder and CEO. “Often, the physical frailty attributed to aging results from under use, rather than wear and tear. Our goal is to help people understand the advantages of regular exercise and provide fun and simple ways for them to get active and stay active.”

Betsy Rutkowski, Director and Owner of Lady of America, encourages adults ages 50 and older to take part in these activities. “At any age, you can enjoy a better quality of life and health by being physically active,” says Rutkowski.

Apart from increasing energy, strength and self-esteem, regular exercise also helps to maintain mental capacity and aid in the management of debilitating conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. For older adults in particular, this translates into increased independence, with exercise helping to increase strength and flexibility and lower risk for disease.

“Many people still don’t realize that physical inactivity is contributing to a number of the chronic diseases affecting older adults, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure,” says Colin Milner, International Council on Active Aging CEO. “We want to spread the word that there are simple steps we can all take to improve the health of older generations.”

More information about these activities is available by calling Lady of America at (727)843-8288. This facility is located at 5213 US Highway 29, New Port Richey, FL.

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