Explore Encompas’ growing library of educational tools, information, and videos on important mental health and wellness topics. Hosted by various credible organizations and professionals in the field, this page offers information and strategies to improve mental wellness in everyday life.

Educational Videos

Mindfulness can be a useful practice to help ground, build resiliency and improve our overall wellbeing. Mindfulness is something that will look different for each individual. We can’t change every little thing that happens to us but we can change the way we experience it. That is the potential of mindfulness.

Video Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/andy_puddicombe_all_it_takes_is_10_mindful_minutes

22-minute guided meditation which can be used as a tool for grounding and remaining present. This is one example of a practicing mindfulness that you may find works for you.

This video is not diagnostic in nature.

This video is not diagnostic in nature.

This video is not diagnostic in nature.

Under 5 minute meditation that provides a simple guide to practice mindful meditation. It may take practice and finding different forms of meditation before you find one that works for you. This is an example of something you may be able to incorporate in your daily routine.

This video is not diagnostic in nature.

Guy Winch makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

Joining Article: 7 Ways to Practice Emotional First Aid

Video Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_why_we_all_need_to_practice_emotional_first_aid/transcript

Our residential care partner Wounded Warriors Canada has provided a few short educational videos to provide useful tools that are basic and help build coping skills when dealing with trauma. Accessible from Home due to COIVD.


WWC COVID-19 SUPPORT – BETR Model

WWC COVID-19 SUPPORT – BETR Model FRENCH

WWC COVID-19 SUPPORT – Resource Kits

WWC COVID-19 SUPPORT – Resource Kits FRENCH

Educational Podcasts

What does it mean to truly be Resilient? Dr. Hanson explains the importance of Resilience and HOW we can grow the most important strength for achieving reliable happiness.

Listen on Apple 

Listen on rickhanson.net

Mindfulness can be a useful practice to help ground, build resiliency and improve our overall wellbeing. Mindfulness is something that will look different for each individual. This podcast answers how we can use mindfulness in practical ways in the flow of our daily lives.

Listen on Apple

Listen on rickhanson.net

Mobile Apps

For those in recovery, this app provides a recovery calculator, inventories & amends, sponsor members, instant chats, on awakening & night time inventories prayers, readings, AA Big Book and more.

Download for iPhone or iPad (iOS App Store)

Download for Android (Google Play Store)

For those in recovery Brought to you by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., Meeting Guide is a free of charge app that provides meeting information from A.A. service entities in an easy-to-access format. Up to date meeting information including online meeting information during COVID.

Download for iPhone or iPad (iOS App Store)

Download for Android (Google Play Store)

Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts.

Download for iPhone or iPad (iOS App Store)

Download for Android (Google Play Store)

Self-Assessment Tools

A self-assessment can help to determine how mentally fit you are and identify signs or symptoms of various mental health challenges. These assessments are not a substitute for a medical diagnosis, and are for informational purposes only.

Go through this list to check off how you are feeling right now and take this to your health professional to help them provide you with options for wellness.

https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/employee-resources/what-are-you-feeling

Sometimes when we are struggling, it’s hard to step back and get a clear look at how we are doing. These are questions you can ask yourself to help you get a picture of what’s going on with you. You can take this sheet with you to help you talk to your doctor or therapist.

https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/employee-resources/whats-going-on

A collection of anonymous online screening tools provided to help identify symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

https://ax1.cipsrt-icrtsp.ca/

The survey has been designed to help you, your loved ones or your health care professional answer some questions about drinking.

http://www.alcoholhelpcentre.net/cyd/CYDScreenerP1_0.aspx

This test will help you understand the characteristics that make up good mental health, including the ability to enjoy life, resilience, balance, self-actualization, and flexibility.

https://cmha.ca/mental-health-meter

Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life – this state of balance is different for every person. But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we’re out of balance. This quiz will help you find out about your personal balance.

https://cmha.ca/work-life-balance-quiz

Take various screening tests, including: depression, anxiety, risky drinking, well-being, and cannabis use.

https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/screening-self-tests

This mental health check-up can identify some symptoms of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder so you can get help if you need it.

https://mooddisorders.ca/sites/mooddisorders.ca/quiz2/checkup.php

MoodFx is an interactive mobile-optimized website designed to help people with depression and anxiety by providing simple and scientifically valid methods for monitoring symptoms and functioning.

https://www.moodfx.ca

Mental Health Information and Strategies

An infographic that helps your child understand your job including: conversation starters, suggestions of how to explain your daily duties, and answers to other questions your young child may have.

https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/supporting-officer-safety-through-family-wellness-helping-your-child-understand

An infographic breaking down the most important parts of financial planning for families of law enforcement including: budgeting, saving, debt management, and credit scores.

https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/supporting-officer-safety-through-family-wellness-financial-literacy

Helpful information for families of people with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems.

Exclusively for spouses, partners, children and the immediate family of OPP members, OPP Beyond The Blue offers support to provide education, training and practical tools to enable families to thrive as a support system for police service personnel – police personnel are welcome to attend events as well!

Beyond The Blue (BTB) is an independent, peer led, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the off duty partners of police officers.

Spouses and children of law enforcement o­fficers face a unique set of circumstances that lends itself to the need for emotional support, better awareness, and training. BTB coordinates resources that aid in offering training and practical tools to spouses and families for the enrichment of life with their police service personnel.

Support begins at home. The benefits of joining OPP Beyond The Blue include:

  • Access to resources, tools and training
  • Improved social connections
  • Gained sense of empowerment
  • Improved coping skills
  • Access to private events and workshops
  • Access to peer support

For more information about OPP Beyond The Blue and becoming a member, visit OPPBeyondTheBlue.com. We encourage you to share this information with your family members and loved ones.

Together with our partners, we are removing barriers to services and normalizing access to mental health care as part of our everyday lives.

Resilience means being able to adapt to life’s misfortunes and setbacks. Test your resilience level and get tips to build your own resilience.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/resilience-training/in-depth/resilience/art-20046311

An online community providing opportunities for first responders and their families to connect, learn, and support one another.

https://www.safeplacetoturn.com

Stress Strategies is a problem-solving approach to help you learn helpful ways to respond to life’s stresses.

https://www.stressstrategies.ca/stress-tool

If you have made previous attempts to quit smoking or are thinking about smoking cessation, below are resources providing the benefits, a variety of tips and support to begin and perhaps find what can work for you.

  1. https://www.ontario.ca/page/support-quit-smoking – Support to quit smoking
  2. https://smokershelpline.ca/ – Smokers’ Helpline has proven, free and personalized tools to help you quit successfully.
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