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Achieving Mental Health is an Everyday Task

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Achieving Mental Health is an Everyday Task

Duane (not his real name) shared, “I have dealt with my depression on my own for over 15 years, with the aid of anti-depressant drugs. I wasn’t even aware of the anxiety issues until they were pointed out to me just last year. Approximately 4 years ago I did seek therapy during one particularly low period in my mood. I carried on until April of last year when I had a suicide attempt that showed me I need additional help from outside resources including Mental Health, Red Deer PCN, and my company EFAP. Seeing how my suicide attempt impacted my immediately family was my impetus to get additional help.

I took the Red Deer PCN Happiness Basics program. I believe the course helped me to see that I have to make a daily practice of the skills I have been taught. I can’t just try and apply them when I’m feeling down. By doing this I have levelled off my moods; I am not walking on air but I seem to be avoiding the deep depressive periods I had in the past. I am thankful for this change in my daily life.

For anyone else struggling with depression, I would suggest they attend the Red Deer PCN groups and actively participate. Very good tools are provided but they are of no use if not implemented in your daily life. I will continue with one on one therapy. I am now taking the Anxiety to Calm group and I will apply the skills I learn every day!  I also will continue the medications prescribed by my psychiatrist.”

Always remember achieving mental health is an everyday task!

About the Red Deer Primary Care Network

We (RDPCN) are a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacist work in clinics alongside family doctors.

In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care.  RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community.

Red Deer Primary Care Network (RDPCN) is a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacists work in clinics alongside family doctors. In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care. RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community. www.reddeerpcn.com

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I Did Everything the Family Nurse suggested and it Worked like Magic!

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Dionisio wasn’t feeling himself. He had very little energy, he was always sleepy and thirsty, he was craving sweets and needed to urinate often. When he described these symptoms to his doctor, the doctor sent him to the Family Nurse to review his lifestyle.

Dionisio listened to the nurse carefully and followed every suggestion. She suggested he make changes in his diet such as more fruits and vegetables, smaller portions, less treats and lots of other fine tuning. She also coached him on increasing exercise and exercising regularly.

He now uses the treadmill, bikes and lifts weights regularly and enjoys these activities. His goal was to lose at least 5 pounds with these changes, and he accomplished that. In a four-month period his hemoglobin A1C went from 16.6 to 6.5, a huge improvement in blood work and in how he feels.

Dionisio’s advice to anyone in a similar situation is, “To make change you have to follow the suggestions. That got me to where I want to be.”

Here are some other success stories from Red Deer Primary Care Network.

Elizabeth: Better Balance and Strength

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It’s Charity Lunch Thursday at Messinger Meats

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It’s a beautiful January day.. a great day to step out to pick up lunch.  And in case you need another excuse (besides these scrumptious photos) today Messinger Meats is putting 2 dollars from every lunch sold toward their charity of the month.. Potters Hands Ministries.

Here are the details from Messinger Meats.  Enjoy supporting charity today!

Charity Lunch Thursday ..enjoy our delicious Lunch Selection.
$2 of each Meal will be donated
“Polish Ham Sandwich”
1. BBQ Rib & Wing Duo
2. Philly Cheese stuffed Peppers
3. Beef Stroganoff, Spaetzle
4. Creamy Mac & Cheese
5. Huli Huli Chicken
6. German Schnitzel
7. Italian topped Frikadellen
8. Tender Liver Steak & Onion
9. Soup & Sandwich Special
10. Hungarian Gulasch Soup
11. Mexican Meat Ball Soup

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january, 2020

mon06jan(jan 6)8:00 amfri31(jan 31)12:00 amJanuary is Alzheimer's Awareness Month8:00 am - 12:00 am (31) Event Organized By: K. Jobs

sun12jan(jan 12)2:00 pmsun22mar(mar 22)5:00 pmAnne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG2:00 pm - (march 22) 5:00 pm mst Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery Address: 4525 - 47A Avenue, Red Deer

thu23jan(jan 23)6:00 pmsat25(jan 25)11:00 pmRed Deer Justice Film Festival6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (25) welikoklad event centre, 4922 49 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 1V3

fri24jan1:30 pm3:00 pmMonthly Mindfulness Drop-InMonthly Mindfulness Drop-In1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

mon27jan11:15 am1:15 pmLuncheon With Arlene Dickinson11:15 am - 1:15 pm Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, 3310 50 Avenue

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