- Identify resources that may be of support to you.
Taking Care of Yourself
As we’ve discussed, it is important to take care of yourself in order to maintain your holistic health and wellbeing. Everyone experiences varying levels of wellness throughout their lives as they learn, grow, and are faced with different challenges and experiences. Sometimes we need extra support in order to cope, be resilient, and grow. There are a number of resources dedicated to help and support you in this process.
In this next video, Jacob Dalling talks about his experience with BCIT’s Indigenous Initiatives sweat lodge while he was a BCIT student.
Connecting with Community Resources
There may be times throughout your work and personal life where you need to connect to resources within the community.
Listen to this real-life situation described by James Williams, Western Canada Aboriginal Liaison for Peter Kiewit Sons, where accessing resources helped to save someone’s career.
- BCIT Indigenous Initiatives
- BCIT Counselling and Student Development
- BCIT counsellors are available by appointment to assist students with personal concerns, promote educational success, build necessary skills, and achieving their goals.
- Mindfulness Practice
- BCITSA Wellness
- BCIT Recreation Services
- BCIT Recreation Services view leisure as a crucial component of student health and wellbeing and facilitate this by offering various fitness and activity options.
- BC Access Grant
- First Nations Health Authority
- PDF resources regarding numerous Indigenous health and wellbeing concerns
- BC Mental Health Crisis Line ; 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Vancouver Coastal Health – Aboriginal Health Services
UNYA – Urban Native Youth Authority
In your Action Planning Tool in Appendix A, write down three (3) resources that you feel would be of help to you personally and/or professionally.
- There are many resources available to help and support you throughout your life.
- A key challenge is finding the courage to ask for help and following through.
- Being aware of resources that are available is a proactive way to take care of yourself and those around you. In building your resources, you will have a stronger understanding of the community of caring that surrounds you.