September 2019 Spruce Grove What’s Happening!
The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
I was contacted by the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose and was happily informed that our Spruce Grove GSA was nominated for an award! Then late Saturday evening, my friend from the altView Foundation https://www.altview.ca , texted to let me know that our GSA won the Dennis and Judy Shepard Family Values Award! I was absolutely stunned! Thank you to the ISCWR for their endless advocacy in our community.
Please if you have a minute read up on all the amazing work the ISCWR is part of! Please donate if you are able.
We have INCREASED our HOURS!!! Check out our website!
Halloween! Last year we had our GSA Halloween Party, time to start planning on how to make it even better this year!!!
GSA talent show!! Do you have your talent lined up? Are you ready??!!!
What do you do if you come out to your friends and they reject you?
How do we deal with stress and anxiety?
1) Become a relaxation expert: We all think we know how to relax. But hanging out in front of the TV or computer isn’t relaxation. They may seem to relieve your anxiety or stress, but it’s a false sense of relaxation that’s only temporary. What the body really needs is daily practice of a relaxation technique – like deep breathing, tai chi, or yoga – that has a physical effect on the mind.
2) Get enough sleep, nourishment, and exercise: Want your mind and body to feel peaceful and strong enough to handle life’s up’s and down’s? Get the right amount of sleep for your needs – not too much or too little. Eat well: choose fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains for long term energy (instead of the short bursts that come from too much sugar or caffeine). Exercise to send oxygen to every cell in the body so your brain and body can operate at their best.
3) Connect with Others: Spend time with friends or family. Organized activities are great, but just hanging out works too. Doing things with those we feel close to deepens our bonds, allowing us to feel supported and secure, and the fun and sharing that go with it allow us to feel happier and less upset about things. If you feel worried or
nervous about something, talking about it with someone who listen’s and cares can help you feel more understood and better able to cope. You’ll be reminded that everyone has these feelings sometimes. You’re not alone.
4) Connect with Nature: Heading out for a walk in the park or a hike in the woods can help anyone feel peaceful and grounded. (choose somewhere you feel safe so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings) Walking, hiking, trail biking, or snowshoeing offer the additional benefit of exercise. Invite a friend or two – or a family member – along and enjoy feeling connected to people as well.
5) Pay Attention to the Good Things A great way to keep our minds off the worry track is to focus our thoughts on things that are good, beautiful, and positive. Appreciate the small, everyday blessings. Allow yourself to dream, wish, and imagine the best that could happen.
Note:When anxiety or worry feels extreme, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. For someone who has an anxiety disorder, getting proper care from a health professional is important.
Self care Ideas!
Draw silly faces on balloons!!!
Listen to music
Talk to a friend
Talk to a pet
Eat your favourite foods (even junk foods)
Write or draw
Play with kid stuff: bubbles, silly putty, play doh, LEGO, colouring, cartoons,
Drink hot chocolate WITH marshmallows!
Look up funny memes
Compliment someone (watch their face light up)
Take a shower, soak in the tub, with candles!
Read a book, bonus points if it has pictures
Make something without caring if it is good
Buy yourself a smallish gift, just because!
We are ENVIROMENTALY FRIENDLY!
DON’T forgetto bring a re-useablewater bottle. We still have pop and snacks, but no more plastic throw away water bottles!
OutloudSt Albert happens every other Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm. They are an AMAZING group and a great alternative to our group. They are absolutely a Safe Space to go to meet other LGBTQ youth and Allies! outloudstalbert.ca/
On the last Wednesday of the month in Stony Plain, the Parkland QSA meets from 6-8 pm in the Stony Plain Public Library! This is nice and close for anyone who can get to the Stony Plain Public Library!instagram.com/parklandqsa
Our Community – We NEED fabulous people like YOU!!!
We are actively searching for volunteers within our community!
Are you someone who would like to work with our LGBTQ2 youth once or twice a month? We are looking for folks with different abilities that can help out in the GSA.
How can you contribute?Can you teach our youth to write resumes?
Speak about Mental Health and Wellness? First Aid? Cyberbullying? Trades?
Our community is filled with folks with amazing people that care about their youth and their surroundings. Our GSA is a Community GSA, help us grow together!
(we try not to pair parent’s and caregivers on the same evening’s their youth attend)
Some of the ways you can fabulous:
Important Phone Numbers
780-962-2222 Spruce Grove 24 hours
780-968-7267 Stony Plain 24 hours
Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT 686868
24 hour, anonymous phone counseling for children and youth, 100% confidential
they do not trace calls, they do not have call display, you do not have to tell them your name. You can
connect by phone or mobile app, or through the website.
Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people.
On our website you can find all of our information at sprucegrovegsasociety.orgsuch as dates of our GSA, tips on Safe Spaces (teen health, and recognizing abuse), Resources