Try Moodgym for free!

This year at 1Up we added the opportunity for members to access a program that developed in Australia called Moodgym. “Moodgym is an interactive self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.” (https://moodgym.com.au/). Using the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Moodgym supports users to address problematic thought patterns or behaviours. It can provide new tools to manage anxiety and can provide users with a better understanding of their own moods and when to seek further help.

We are excited about Moodgym and hope that it will provide another tool to support our community. Anxiety has been increasing for everyone as Covid continues and we remain living in a state of constant flux. It is our hope that Moodgym can support members with new tools to manage during Covid and to understand if they need more help.

Moodgym has been studied in a number of different settings with different population groups. It has been found effective at reducing anxiety and depression symptoms in adult populations as well as effective in reducing hazardous alcohol use. Further information regarding the studies and their outcomes are listed on the Mood Gym website.

Moodgym is user friendly. The website is easy to access and use, the activities are easily understood and utilized and the language is simple and clear. This allows it to be accessible to persons who find reading information difficult or whose first language is not English.


moodgym consists of five interactive modules which are completed in order.

  • Exercises and quizzes: As you progress through moodgym, you will be asked to answer questions about your feelings and thoughts. moodgym will then provide useful feedback about your results.For many of the exercises it is up to you whether or not you complete them (although of course moodgym encourages you to complete all of them!). However, some quizzes must be completed before you can move on to the next part of moodgym.
  • Summaries: At the end of each module, a summary of your results for that module is available and can be printed out. These can also be accessed from your Workbook.
  • Workbook: In the moodgym Workbook you’ll find all of the exercises and quizzes that you encounter throughout the program.

If you are a 1Up member, and would like to try out this innovative self-help program for free, email Lesley at lesley@singleparentvictoria.ca.


CLICK HERE for more information about Moodgym.


Mental Health Resources – Part 3

PODCASTS

Hello friends!

Although some restrictions have recently been lifted, many of us are still facing challenges such as isolation, stress and anxiety as a result of measures we must take to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19.

If you find yourself struggling, that is normal and OK. Here is a list of FREE podcasts that you may find useful in managing your mental health.

Most of these podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, as well as other podcast apps.

1. Tara Brach: https://www.tarabrach.com/talks-audio-video/

“Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world.”

Offerings includes audio and Video talks, guided meditations, blogs, reading resources, articles, etc. 


2. The Hilarious World of Depression: https://www.hilariousworld.org/

“A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.”


3. The Happiness Lab: https://www.happinesslab.fm/

“Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better… Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.”

This podcast has a “Coronavirus Bonus” season specifically about how to cope with the changes and challenges that have accompanied the pandemic.


4. Wellbeing Podcast with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau: https://www.we.org/en-CA/get-doing/activities-and-resources/wellbeing/we-well-being-podcast/

“Challenge the way you see mental well-being through tackling taboos and frank conversation.”


5. The Calmer You Podcast: https://www.calmer-you.com/category/podcast/

“Helping people with anxiety to become calmer, happier and more confident.

Chloe Brotheridge tackles topics like how to reduce negative thinking, ways to heal trauma, and manage grief. A recent episode of this podcast specifically talks about how to be productive and manage stress while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.”


6. A Mindful Moment:

“Are you thriving or just surviving? Increase your mindfulness to shift into living a life of purpose and meaning. Mindfulness improves your health, relationships, finances and career. Tap into your full potential by learning tips, techniques and new perspectives on a wide variety of topics.”


7. The Anxiety Coaches Podcast: https://www.theanxietycoachespodcast.com/

“The Anxiety Coaches Podcast is a relaxing and inspiring show sharing lifestyle changes to calm your nervous system and help you heal Anxiety, Panic, and PTSD for life! We Bring you 2 episodes every week. There is no need to walk this path alone. Join us for a relaxing, informative and inspiring time and start your journey out of anxiety-panic!”


8. Your Anxiety Toolkit: https://kimberleyquinlan.libsyn.com/

“Your Anxiety Toolkit aims to provide you with helpful tools to manage anxiety, stress and other emotions that get in the way.”


Course Facilitator

Course Facilitator: Contract Position

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced facilitator to learn and deliver our core program courses. The Core courses are Healthy Boundaries, Lighthouse Parent, and Understanding Anger and Stress.  The successful candidate will be given an orientation to the curriculum and then be responsible for delivering the course. The position reports to the Educational Programs Coordinator.

All the courses are 2 hours once a week and run for either 6 weeks or 8 weeks. The position requires evening availability. The hourly facilitation rate is $26.00. Weekly classes are 2 hours or 2.5 hours, plus one hour of pay for set-up/take-down. Courses are delivered at our Centre located at 602 Gorge Road East. The next offering of Core courses will begin in September 2019.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in a related field ie.; Social Work, Psychology, Child and Youth Care, Education.
  • Minimum of 5 years employment experience in a social services/helping field. Volunteer experience will be considered
  • Experience in the subject area and knowledge of current research
  • 3 years as an adult educator demonstrated through running workshops or classes in an academic or agency setting and/or facilitating groups in an academic or agency setting

Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse client base
  • Strong group facilitation skills 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of issues related to being a single parent

Interested individuals please submit a resume and cover letter to lesley@1-up.ca


Dads with Dads Facilitator

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced facilitator who identifies as male to deliver our Dads with Dads program. The Dads program is a weekly drop in group that combines a curriculum with open discussion and support within a group setting. The successful candidate will be given an orientation to the curriculum and then be responsible for delivering the course. The position reports to the Educational Programs Coordinator.

The group is 2 hours once a week and is continuous. The position requires evening availability. The hourly facilitation rate is $26.00. Weekly classes are 2 hours, plus one hour of pay for set-up/take-down. Courses are delivered at our Centre located at 602 Gorge Road East.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in a related field ie.; Social Work, Psychology, Child and Youth Care, Education.
  • Minimum of 5 years employment experience in a social services/helping field. Volunteer experience will be considered
  • Experience in the subject area and knowledge of current research
  • 3 years as an adult educator demonstrated through running workshops or classes in an academic or agency setting and/or facilitating groups in an academic or agency setting

Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse client base
  • Strong group facilitation skills 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of issues related to being a single parent

Interested individuals please submit a resume and cover letter to lesley@1-up.ca